In the late 80’s and into the early 90’s, The Walt Disney Company made four amazing animated movies: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994). While kids today think a new animated movie every few months is the norm, back when The Little Mermaid was released, animation was a dying art form and it’s because of these four brilliant movies that we have films like How to Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me today.
Thankfully, with Blu-ray gaining a bigger foothold in the home, the studio is finally releasing the first of these four films on HD, with Beauty and the Beast getting released October 5. And like Disney always does with their big ticket releases, they’ve loaded up the 3-Disc Diamond Edition with tons of extras and bonus features. While you’ll have to wait another month or so to watch them all, a few have just been released. They’re all great, but the second one reminds me how much I love Beauty and the Beast and miss Howard Ashman’s contributions to Disney’s animated movies. You are missed Mr. Ashman.
Hit the jump to watch the three clips:
Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the clips:
Producer Don Hahn talks about the first time the film had been screened for the public:
Alan Menken reminisces about his writing partner Howard Ashman
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) talks about recording the music and she compares it to staging a real theatrical production.