Holiday Gift Guide | Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Edition DVD Review
Make Christmas 2011 an enchanted one with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition in a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD pack. Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson reprised their roles as Belle and the Beast in this Christmas tale of hope, love, and forgiveness in 1997, just 6 years after the release of Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is the story of Belle’s first Christmas with the Beast after he takes her prisoner in exchange for letting her father go. The Beast wants nothing to do with Christmas because it was the exact day that he turned the enchantress into a beast after he refused her shelter from the bitter cold. Through flashbacks, we glimpse what he was like as a younger boy and how his thoughtlessness and selfishness brought about the curse.
In addition to beloved favorites Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Lumiere (Jerry Orbach), and Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers), we are also introduced to a whole new set of characters: Angelique (Bernadette Peters), Fife (Paul Reubens), and the sinister Forte (Tim Cummings).
With Belle living in the castle, all of the Enchanted Objects are daring to hope that they will someday soon be human again. But there is one Enchanted Object who will stop at nothing–even killing Belle–to keep that from happening. He also happens to be the Enchanted Object that the Beast confides in the most.
Will Belle’s Christmas celebration help the Beast to open his heart to hope and love?
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is an enjoyable companion film to Beauty and the Beast. Like its predecessor, it features memorable songs such as As Long as There’s Christmas sung by Paige O’Hara. My favorite part of this movie is getting to see the Beast as a young, spoiled prince; once I saw this, I could totally understand why the Enchantress would place such a curse on him.
Additionally, the character of Forte adds to his gloominess, and encourages his spoiled behavior. Since he was enchanted into a pipe organ, he uses the timid Fife to do his dirty work. There are some really terrific themes in this movie: love, forgiveness, hope, and even redemption. In some ways, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is a bit darker than Beauty and the Beast, but it perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas. Both parents and children will find something to love in this film.
Disney’s Sing Me a Story with Belle “Stick To It”: This is an episode of a short lived Disney series which featured a live action Belle working in her very own bookstore. There are talking critters, a talking book, and many guests that stop by as Belle teaches viewers an important lesson in following through on things, even if at first they are hard.
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, director Andy Knight, and several of the animators that worked on the film show viewers how this movie was made, and talk about their experiences getting the roles or creating the animation that we see.
“As Long As There’s Christmas” Music Video: An all-girl group called Play performs a pop rendition of Belle’s signature song from the film.
Disney’s Sing-Along Mode: If you want to see the words on the screen and sing along as the movie plays, select this option from the Bonus Features menu.
Disney’s Song Selection: Choose this option if you only want to watch the song portions of the movie. The words also appear on screen if you select this feature.
Enchanted Environment: You’ll feel as if you are right in the Beast’s Castle with this elegant crackling fireplace screen. The Beast’s rose underneath its glass dome is the centerpiece of the mantle. Christmas music plays on a loop. The perfect option for families who don’t have a fireplace of their very own.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*