Disney’s Beloved Animated Classic “Beauty and the Beast” Returning to Theaters For Disney100 Celebration

Disney’s beloved animated classic Beauty in the Beast is returning to theaters for a limited run. This comes as The Walt Disney Company celebrate its 100th anniversary. As part of the Disney100 celebration, some favorite Disney films are being shown in theaters. Beauty and the Beast will be in theaters from August 18 through August 31st. The release of Beauty and the Beast in theaters for two weeks is just one of eight films that are returning to the silver screen as part of the Disney100 Special Engagement Series. Tickets for Beauty and the Beast may be purchased on Fandango or through local theaters.

Disney100 Special Engagement Series

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (July 7 thru 20)
  • Toy Story (July 21 thru August 3) 
  • Frozen (August 4 thru 17) 
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991) (August 18 thru 31)
  • The Incredibles (September 1 thru 14) 
  • Coco (September 15 thru 28) 
  • The Lion King (1994) (September 29 thru October 12) 
  • Moana (October 13 thru 26)

Beauty and the Beast Official Description

An arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle (Paige O’Hara) enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice (Rex Everhart). With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

About Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was originally released on November 22, 1991. It was the 30th animated film from Disney and was based on the 1756 fairy tale of the same name. There was also some inspiration pulled from the 1946 French film that also had the same name. This version was directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. It was produced by Don Hahn and was written by Linda Woolverton. The film had a stellar cast that included Paige O’Hara (Bell), Robby Benson (Beast), Richard White (Gaston), Jerry Orbach (Lumière), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth), and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts). The music came from the songwriting duo of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

The film became an instant classic and was beloved by Disney fans of all ages. It went on to receive six nominations for the Academy Awards. This continues to be tied as the most nominations for an animated film. The other to hold this distinction is Wall-E. For Beauty and the Beast, two of these nominations became Academy Awards. Alan Menken earned one Academy Award for Best Original Score. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken earned a second Academy Award for the movie for Best Original Song with Beauty and the Beast. The film was nominated and earned many other awards as well outside of the Oscars.

The animated Beauty and the Beast inspired, and continues to inspire, different offerings from across The Walt Disney Company. This includes iterations of this story on stage, on the screen, on ice, and even an attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. Sequels were also made for the film.

What do you think of the return of Beauty and the Beast to theaters for a limited run during the Disney100 celebration? Will you be seeing it in theaters? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!