Beauty and the Beast

DH was in Saratoga, working, yesterday, and Jon was not home, so Lucy and I had grilled chicken and corn on the cob for supper and watched the movie Beauty and the Beast. We’ve had the VHS video kicking around the house since the early ’90s, but after a brief glimpse at eight years old, Lucy always refused to watch it. Too scary. Last night, at almost thirteen, it was perfect. Wonderful music and lyrics. “It’s like a Broadway show,” she exclaimed.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Beauty and the Beast, entirely due to the opening song, Belle, in which the heroine walks through her village with her nose buried in a book. I walked to school that way for many years.

The lyrics detail the typical reaction.

[Group of Women]
Look there she goes! That girl is strange, no question.

[Group Of Men]

Look there she goes! That girl is so peculiar. I wonder if she’s feeling well.

[Man #1]

But behind that fair facade, I’m afraid she’s rather odd.
Very different from the rest of us.

She’s nothing like the rest of us. Yes, different from the rest of us is Belle.

Later, when the Beast wants to impress Belle with a fabulous gift, he shows her … his library. I loved it. Certainly the only Disney princess with whom I ever had anything in common!


2 Responses to Beauty and the Beast

  1. Margo says:

    Ah, the Beauty and the Beast !
    It’s the only cartoon movie i use as a teaching instrument in the classroom. Trying to teach the children how to watch TV/movies with a critic mind rather, we watch it like a mini series, i mean about 20′ each day for a week. I pause the movie and ask questions mainly about the hero’s attitude and behaviour. We highlight the main points.

    * To be rude and judge other’s habits isn’t a way to treat other people (Gaston)
    * Knowledge is stronger than physical power ( Gaston # Belle)
    * Sometimes appearance can fail you. You should get to know people better.(The beast)
    * You gain more by being polite and kind. (Belle# Beast)
    * Ignorance is a bad counselor ( Villagers)
    * Traitors and ungrateful people aren’t gaining much (Gaston)

    Well, it may seems a little scholar yet it’s just what i want my children to see in the movie while whole heartily enjoy the music and dance scenes.
    My favorite part : When the culinary items make a grand show just for Belle.

    Oh, Disney movies were so beautiful before the new enhanced digital technology ! ” Little Mermaid” is a favorite of me also, yet there are some scenes with Ursula the Witch of the sea, which i believe are rather scary for the 4-6 y.o. kids !

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      Margo, I love the idea of all those little Greek children deconstructing Beauty and the Beast! I used to use films in my history classes, too. The Last of the Mohicans gave visual learners a vivid sense of the vanished New York frontier. It didn’t hurt that the teenaged girls loved bare-chested Daniel Day-Lewis. 😉

      My children both also loved the part in Beauty and the Beast when the dinner dishes sang and danced. My son came in halfway through the movie and though he is now 23, from his room during this scene I heard his voice singing: “Be our guest!” 😀

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