Wednesday 18 May 2011

Project Disney: La Belle et la Bête

Along with Tangled, movie no. 30 is the one that started this whole challenge. It is also the one that heralded a new era for animated film. Combining the strong fairytale elements of the early days, and the state of the art digital technology, Beauty And The Beast was such an event that it became the first animated film to be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. This was probably the highest profile from the list I had previously not seen and I must admit, it deserves all the plaudits it receives. While I am not really a fan of the 'Princess' movies, this worked. And I think it is the lack of Royalty that made it work. Belle was an ordinary person. There was no King or Queen, no evil stepmother. The only regality was the Beast with the lavish colours and grandeur only on show to reflect his mood. All in all, a highly entertaining watch and it gets bonus points for putting me up to 166 films seen on the IMDB 250,

10 split on the modern best picture noms
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