Beauty and the Beast premiered 25 years ago and I had the opportunity to watch history being made at the 25th Anniversary celebration today at Lincoln Center! The exact same stage where the magic began 25 years earlier! Keep reading for videos, interviews, and pictures that NO ONE ELSE HAS!
The Beauty and the Beast DVD comes out this Tuesday as part of The Walt Disney Signature Collection:
Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
We interviewed Richard White (Gaston), Paige O’Hara (Belle), and Robby Benson (the Beast):
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) popped in at the last minute for the picture, she stole the show!
My first question was about the voice work the actors did. Paige shared that they worked together, in person. They would do some voice work and then the animators would go back to work. Sometimes the acting would influence the animators and scenes would change slightly. Paige also mentioned that Robby would put his whole body into the acting while he voiced his character to the point that he was hunched over by the end of the day. This corroborates my opinionated husband who said he could feel the acting behind the animation in Beauty and the Beast.
Richard shared that they knew they would be apart of history because they knew they were making a movie that would be a classic. Today’s celebration proved him right! He also shared that when his four year old daughter realized it was him in the movie, she got mad at him for being so mean! She was able to follow along with her dads work because he was on this project off and on for two and a half years!
It was touching to hear Robby Benson relive this time period: he missed that years Oscars ceremony when the movie was nominated because his wife was giving birth! Then he added that next month his daughter is due to give birth to his first grandchild. All generations get to enjoy this classic, forever!
Lastly, the timeless message of the movie was shared by Paige, “beauty is within.” Robby pointed out that her Belle character was also one of the first independent and strong female characters to have been written into a Disney movie!
We were very lucky to be apart of this incredible evening:
The moderator is on the far right and next to him was the movie’s Producer, Don Hahn. Then, after the movie, we received the surprise of our lives. Alan Menken, composer of so many hit songs for Disney, came out and played a medley of Disney songs for us:
And as if that was enough, Angela Lansbury came out on stage, at the ripe young age of 91, and sang the title song, Beauty and the Beast
Lastly, some pictures from my personal archives:
Disclosure: We received tickets to view the movie at Lincoln Center. All opinions are always 100% honest and our own.