The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After some changes, two new directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, were put in charge of the project. Although he was initially reluctant to do another animated film after The Little Mermaid, the late Howard Ashman came on board shortly after the new directors did. Over many months, the characters and story evolved further, but there were many changes, and wrong turns. Sequences were created, reworked, cut, and added as the film gradually emerged, like a statue from a block of marble.
After all of the ups and downs, Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 to rave reviews and record-breaking box-office business. The film was widely hailed as a technical and aesthetic breakthrough and remains the only animated feature ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. This authoritative book features interviews with artists, voice-over actors, and executives, and transcripts of meetings and story sessions. Illustrations abound throughout, including sketches, caricatures, sequences of animation drawings, and preliminary artwork from discarded scenes. This book will be a must-have for any fan of the “Tale as Old as Time.”
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on January 31, 2017 by Disney Editions
ISBN-10: 1484758374
ISBN-13: 9781484758373
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  • georgiasilver
    georgiasilverThursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:36 am
    As a person who tends to have a large amount of ambition to learn about anything, the title alone makes me want to read the book to figure out how the film was created and the art behind the old tale.
    • bobelly
      bobellyMonday, August 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm55 stars
      It was very very interesting. I liked how they made the movie and I saw a lot of Beauty and the Beast stories that I've never heard. There is one from India and one from England. It was really cool how the different places changed the story a little bit.
      • sweet_unicorns
        sweet_unicornsSunday, July 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm
        how did you read this book because i can't ebook not avalible
        • annette
          annetteSaturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm44 stars
          I was hesitant to read this at first since it seemed very boring, but the book was actual very interesting. The novel taught me about the history and origin of the story " Beauty and the Beast ". I learned how the story has changed from the very begin to what it is now.
          • strawberry1234
            strawberry1234Monday, June 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm33 stars
            This was a okay book i think this would be a book that adults would be intrested in but thats in my opinion. Parents would and should read this book

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