Saturday, August 6, 2016

D23 celebrates the 25th anniversary of 'Beauty and the Beast' with Fanniversary activities & more

In case you missed it, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast. While the film's actual anniversary is not until November, many of the festivities are taking place over the next two months. In addition to the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD re-release and the film's two week engagement at the El Capitan Theatre, Disney's D23 will also join in on the celebration.

The next issue of Disney twenty-three, which is available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, will feature an look at the legacy of Beauty and the Beast, from screen to stage to Disney parks. The issue will also include interviews with the original voice cast, composer Alan Menken, and producer Don Hahn, as well as a peek at the upcoming live-action adaptation.

From D23:
This year, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast—the first animated film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture—celebrates its 25th anniversary, and Disney twenty-three is giving fans a spectacular look at the film from its inception to its timeless legacy. The issue features interviews with Paige O’Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth), Richard White (Gaston), composer Alan Menken, screenwriter Linda Woolverton, producer Don Hahn, and many more, as well as stories about how the film has been equally successful in Disney theme parks and on stage. Plus, readers will learn more about the live-action adaptation of the film, coming to theaters in 2017.
D23 also released details for the upcoming Fanniversary celebration, including a complementary screening of the film for Gold and General D23 members. The screening will be held at the El Capitan Theatre on Friday, September 2nd at 7pm. Gold members can begin making reservations on Monday, August 15th and general members on the 17th. Screening in additional cities will be announced in the coming days.

 More information:
Tickets are complimentary. D23 Gold and Gold Family Members may begin booking on Monday, August 15, at 10 a.m. PT. D23 General Members may begin booking on Wednesday, August 17, at 10 a.m. PT. Please check back here for ticketing information.

OVERVIEW- To kick off D23’s “Fanniversary: Celebrating 25 Years of Beauty and the Beast,” members are invited to “be our guest” at a complimentary screening of this classic movie, complete with popcorn and beverage, at the legendary El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California!

DETAILS- The movie screening begins at 7 p.m. at the El Capitan Theatre. Check-in will begin at 6 p.m. Please do not arrive before 6 p.m. D23 Members and Gold Members may register for themselves and up to one (1) guest. D23 Gold Family Members may register for themselves and up to three (3) guests.
The Fanniversary celebration will continue online beginning September 5th with exclusive features, new videos, printables, recipes, and more.

Source: D23

'Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas' coming to DVD this October

It's Christmas is October! With the 25th anniversary re-release of Beauty and the Beast this September, many fans were also hoping to see the the film's sequels make their way out of the Disney vault this year. News came this week that Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas will be released on Digital HD/ Disney Movies Anywhere and return to DVD on October 25th. The DVD release will include a sing along and the digital release will include additional special features, including a behind the scenes featurette and a music video for "As Long as There's Christmas" (many of the digital release's special features were included on the last Blu-ray/DVD release).

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

“Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” reveals a Christmas past when Belle does her best to warm the Beast’s castle with the spirit and hope of the season. The film’s all-star voice cast features Robby Benson as Beast and Paige O’Hara as Belle, along with the castle’s enchanted staff including Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth, Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, Haley Joel Osment as Chip, Bernadette Peters as Angelique and Tim Curry as a grumpy pipe organ who threatens to ruin the holiday festivities. The film’s original musical score, composed by Academy Award®-winning film composer Rachel Portman, fully captures the spirit of the season.

Special Features:
Digital HD/ Disney Movies Anywhere:
Behind the Scenes Featurette- Step behind the scenes and witness how filmmakers created this irresistible holiday musical adventure — from storyboarding to special effects to the original musical score that lifts holiday spirits.

Disney Song Selection- Delight in the spirited songs featured in “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” and performed by members of the star-studded cast.

Sing Along with the Movie- Grab a microphone – or a hairbrush – and sing along to your favorite songs from “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.”

"As Long as There's Christmas"- Check out the music video for the uplifting holiday song, “As Long as There’s Christmas,” performed by Swedish pop group Play.

Enchanted Environment- Bring the crackling fireplace from the Beast’s castle into your own home!

Disney's Sing Me a Story with Be;;e: "Stick to It (Don't Give Up)"- Belle shares an inspirational message, encouraging viewers to keep trying and never give up.

Sing Along with the Movie

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Emma Watson: "I have loved 'Beauty and the Beast' since I was about four years old."

Tonight's premiere of Elena of Avalor on Disney Channel offered up more than a new Disney Princess; it also gave us a sneak peek at two of Disney's new live-action films. The hour-long premiere featured a clip from the upcoming remake of Pete's Dragon and the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer, along with a new interview with star Emma Watson. Although the trailer did not feature any new footage, the short interview with Watson was only previously screened for D23 attendants last August.

In the clip, which can be viewed below, Watson discusses her love for the original animated film and what drew her to the character of Belle.
"I have loved Beauty and the Beast since I was about four years old. I just fell in love with Belle. She was this feisty young woman who spoke her mind, so to get to play Belle is just amazing."

Source: Totally Emma Watson

'Beauty and the Beast' Comic-Con 2016 Round-Up

Thursday, July 21st
The Dynamic World of Disney Comics Panel

Oh My Disney
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Towards the end of the panel, they also made a big announcement: Beauty and the Beast would be adapted into a Japanese-style manga, next year, to coincide with the release of the brand new live-action film. And there’s more: There will be two books (published by Tokyo Pop); one will be from Belle’s perspective and the other from the Beast’s. How cool is that?

Friday, July 22nd
Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Panel

Collider: 'Beauty and the Beast' 25 Anniversary: 10 Things to Know About the Disney Classic
San Diego Comic-Con celebrates Disney’s beloved “tale as old as time” during a panel on Friday. For Beauty and the Beast‘s 25th anniversary producer Don Hahn moderated a panel which included directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise along with animators James Baxter, Dave Pruiksma, Nik Ranieri, and art director Brian McEntee. The talk included behind the scenes anecdotes and trivia from the making of the animated classic.
Check out Collider's full recap here

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Countdown to 'Beauty and the Beast' #16

Trivia Tuesday: Lions, and wolves, and bears! Oh, my!

If you look closely at the Beast, you may see a hint of a lion or a bit of a boar and you would be right. Animator Glen Keane actually drew inspiration for Beast from several different animals (see the picture below), starting with wolves he observed at a London zoo. Keane also adorned his work space with buffalo and wild boar heads during production while he fine tuned the look of the Beast.

Monday, July 18, 2016

'Beauty and the Beast' 25th anniversary panel scheduled for Comic-Con 2016

If you are set to brave the crowds at Comic-Con this weekend be sure to keep a spot open on your schedule for a special Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary panel.

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm (Room 5AB) and will include a discussion with the film's producer Don Hahn and directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.
Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and an all-star panel of filmmakers discuss the making of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. 
Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB
Hahn and Trousdale will also appear as panelist for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Documentary Release on Friday, July 22nd.

Click here for more about this year's Comic-Con.

Source: Comic-Con, La Bella y la Bestia de Disney 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Countdown to 'Beauty and the Beast' #15

Magical Monday- Mickey's PhilharMagic at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
When trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, it is easy for smaller attractions to take a back seat to the park's E-Ticket attractions. However, if you are a fan of Disney animated films, especially those released in the 90s, then Mickey's PhilharMagic is a must-see during your visit to the happiest place on earth!

Opening in October 2003, Mickey's PhilharMagic is located just behind Cinderella's castle in the Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom. The 4D attraction features classic Disney characters, like Mickey and Donald, as well as characters from Aladdin, Fantasia, The Lion King, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. In the Beauty and the Beast sequence, Donald Duck takes Belle's place as the castle's hungry visitor, complete with a performance of "Be Our Guest" from Lumiere.

Throwback Thursday: “I have spent a lot of time considering the emotional life of crockery.”
Emma Thompson is no stranger to stepping into Angela Lansbury's shoes. Not only has Emma Thompson worked with the legendary actress on 2005's Nanny McPhee, but she also played Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2014, a role originated by Lansbury in 1979 on Broadway. As Mrs. Potts in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson is once more stepping into one of Angela Lansbury's iconic roles and I'm sure we can all agree it will be marvelous!

Thompson spoke with Vulture last fall about Beauty and the Beast and following in Lansbury's footsteps:
“Imagine walking once more into Angela’s shoes!” Thompson mused. So, how did she inhabit Lansbury’s famous teapot? “I think I just had to make her as warm and round and scouting as possible,” Thompson said, adding with a laugh, “I have spent a lot of time considering the emotional life of crockery.”
Watch: Emma Thompson honors Angela Lansbury at the 2013 Governors Awards