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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review

For the past 21 years, Belle from Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite Disney princess. She is everything I could ask for in a female heroine: smart, imaginative, sensitive, caring, kind, and of course, beautiful. But best of all, she loves books. She also has some of the best Disney songs, like Belle and Something There. She is relatable. During one scene she asks, “Papa, do you think I’m odd?” And I understood her completely. I always felt different than the other kids; like Belle, I had my nose stuck in a book and I often daydreamed.

Beauty and the Beast 3D

Thanks to Disney’s magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the young adult novel entitled Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley, Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite fairy tale. Without being too preachy, it teaches young and old alike to look past appearances and into a person’s heart and soul.

Beauty and the Beast returns to theatres everywhere on January 13th, 2012 in 3D for a new generation of children to enjoy. When I went to New York City in December to attend the War Horse red carpet premiere, I also got to see Beauty and the Beast 3D. Though we watch the regular DVD version of Beauty and the Beast at home all the time, there is no greater experience than getting to see it on the big screen.

I gasped as the camera led me through the forest and showed me my first glimpse of the Beast’s castle; the 3D adds subtle depth to this scene and made me feel as if I were walking in the forest. Beauty and the Beast 3D is visually stunning; it’s an experience that you truly do not want to miss.

Though my daughter has now seen Beauty and the Beast dozens of times in the comfort of our home, I decided that perhaps she was ready to experience her first movie in a theatre. We attended a local screening of the film today, and I was amazed at how well behaved she was throughout the entire film. She’s a few years younger than I was when I first saw Beauty and the Beast, but based on her attentiveness to the film and her excitement during the fight between Gaston and the Beast on the side of the castle, I know she will not forget her first theatre experience.

Seeing Beauty and the Beast 3D attracted me to details and background characters that I had never noticed before. One example is a portrait that is hanging in Belle’s cottage, shown briefly when Belle has brought her father home after he got lost in the forest looking for her. I imagine that it is probably meant to be Belle’s mother. I was also drawn to more of the details in the castle, such as tables, chairs, and decorations.

Beauty and the Beast 3D is the perfect family film for all ages, and is even more magical when viewed in 3D. Both boys and girls will love it! There is romance and beautiful music for the girls, and an exciting fight scene for the boys.

As an added bonus, you’ll be treated to Tangled Ever After right before Beauty and the Beast 3D, a new short continuing the story of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider on their wedding day. See what happens when Pascal and Maximus are trusted with the wedding rings and chaos strikes!

*Disney/DreamWorks provided me with an ell expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the War Horse red carpet premiere and view an advance screening of Beauty and the Beast. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Jennifer

Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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