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Toon Talk: Beauty and the Beast Special Edition
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Beauty and the Beast was responsible for a lot of "firsts", including:

  • The first animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.
  • The first film to have three songs nominated for the Best Song Academy Award ("Belle", "Be Our Guest" and the winner "Beauty and the Beast").
  • The first animated film to break the $100 million mark at the box office.
  • The first Disney soundtrack to be nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy.
  • The first Disney film to have a pop version of one of it's songs playing over the end credits, which resulted in a Top Ten Billboard hit.
  • The first Disney film to be made into a Broadway musical.

The film won two Oscars (Best Score and Best Song) and three Golden Globes (Best Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Score and Best Song for "Beauty and the Beast").  The music won three Grammys, for Best Motion Picture Score, Best Song from a Motion Picture ("Beauty and the Beast") and Best Children's Album.

Robby Benson (Beast), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth) and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) all returned for the video Beauty and the Beast: An Enchanted Christmas. The first four (sans Lansbury) also reprised their roles in the video Belle's Magical World and the television series House of Mouse.

Beauty and the Beast's Academy Award-winning songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken were just recently named Disney Legends

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Kirby is a lifelong Disney fan and film buff. A frequent contributer to the Discussion Boards, he currently resides near one of the Happiest Places on Earth: Orlando, Florida.

Took Talk: Disney Film & Video Reviews by Kirby C. Holt is posted whenever there's something new to review.

The opinions expressed by our Kirby C. Holt, and all of our columnists, do not necessarily represent the feelings of or any of its employees or advertisers. All speculation and rumors about the future plans of the Walt Disney Company are just that - speculation and rumors - and should be treated as such.

-- Posted January 2, 2002

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