The tale as old as time is returning to ABC. The Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast will air on Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m. ET, following NBC Christmas Day action. Read on for a preview of the beloved movie.
Beauty and the Beast was released on November 22, 1991, in the midst of the first Disney Animation Studios Renaissance. It is based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, which centers on a girl named Belle, who falls in love with a Beast. The Beast was a prince turned into a hideous monster because of his selfishness and could only be turned back into a man if he found someone who could love a beast.
The Disney version of the story is more kid-friendly of course (see Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bete for a closer adaptation of the story), but the film was such a hit with adults that it became the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. In fact, it was the only animated film nominated for the award until the field expanded beyond five nominees in 2009. (Since Beauty and the Beast‘s nomination, only Up  and Toy Story 3  have been nominated.)
Beauty was ultimately nominated for six Academy Awards, but only won two for the title song and its Original Score.
On March 17, 2017 2017, Disney will release a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). Emma Watson is playing Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast.
DATE: Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2017
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: ABC (Click here to find your local ABC affiliate)
Paige O’Hara as Belle
Robby Benson as The Prince/Beast
Richard White as Gaston
Jerry Orbach as Lumiere
David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth
Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts
Bradley Michael Pierce as Chip
Rex Everhart as Maurice
Jesse Corti as LeFou
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Produced by Don Hahn
Screenplay by Linda Wolverton
Based on Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprice de Baumont
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Best Music, Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken)
Best Music, Original Score (Alan Menken)
Best Picture (Don Han)
Best Sound (Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane)
Best Music, Original Song (“Belle” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken)
Best Music, Original Song (“Be Our Guest” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken)
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