AFI Movie Club: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – American Film Institute



BEAUTY AND THE BEAST appears on three of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 SONGS, AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS and AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS. It also ranks #7 on AFI’s Top 10 list of the greatest animated films of all time!

Watch Alicia Silverstone announce the film: 


Movie Trivia about BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

DID YOU KNOW that the story is based on a French fairy tale by novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740? 

DID YOU KNOW that BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the first animated feature ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award® 

DID YOU KNOW that a crew of 600 animators and artists spent four years drawing and painting the film? 

DID YOU KNOW that, for the ballroom scene, traditional animation of the characters was laid on top of computer animation of the ballroom to achieve the sweeping camera movements? 

– DID YOU KNOW that this film was the second collaboration on a Disney film between composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman? Their first was THE LITTLE MERMAID and they had previously collaborated on the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS musical! 

DID YOU KNOW the Oscar®winning original song – “Beauty and the Beast” – was recorded by Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) only once? She thought someone else would ultimately sing it in the finished film, but her single recording is what remained – and has resonated with generations of movie-lovers! 

DID YOU KNOW that the tale had been adapted for film a number of times before Disney’s animated version danced onto screens in 1991? One of the most notable versions is from French director Jean Cocteau and is called LA BELLE ET LA BETE. 

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions 

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram now using #AFIMovieClub. Or post your responses in the comment section below. 

-What was the first Disney movie you ever saw?

-Where would BEAUTY AND THE BEAST rank on your top list of Disney animated classics?

-What do you think the film teaches us about judging people by their appearance?

-Why do you think Belle falls in love with the Beast?

-What do you think the Beast learns about selfishness and kindness?

-How would you rate BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?


Watch Angela Lansbury talk about the film in this exclusive AFI Archive video:


More from the AFI Archive: Watch Hugh Jackman sing as Gaston from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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