Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #9 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)


    This story takes place during the time of the original Beauty and the Beast film. It is set sometime after the Beast has rescued Belle from the pack of wolves.

   Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) anxiously awaits Christmas but is soon disappointed when she learns that the Beast (Robbie Benson) has forbidden celebrating it due to it also being the date that the curse first fell upon him. But Belle decides that it's time for it to be acknowledged again and heads up to the attic accompanied by Chip (Haley Joel Osment) and Lumiere (Jerry Orbach), to find the old Christmas decorations. There she meets Angelique (Bernadette Peters), the former tree angel.

   The Beast discovers Belle's plan to reintroduce Christmas and the two get into an argument. Belle discusses the situation with Forte (Tim Curry), the court composer, that is now a large pipe organ, due to the curse upon the castle and all of its inhabitants. Forte prefers being an organ over his human form and does not want Belle to break the curse so he falsely advises her to venture out into the forest to cut down a Christmas tree. She is unable to cut down the massive tree and in her efforts manages to fall through the ice.

   The Beast, along with Lumiere, Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) and Forte's minion Fife (Paul Reubens), run out and rescue Belle but when the Beast discovers that she was still planning on celebrating Christmas in the castle, he sends her to the dungeon. Angelique and the other servants visit the sad girl to keep her company.

   Soon after, the Beast finds the present that Belle planned on giving him for Christmas, a book. The Beast is moved by the book and has a change of heart. He releases Belle and agrees to let her and the servants celebrate Christmas in the castle.

   Forte is angered by this decision and attempts to destroy the castle with his music. The Beast tries to stop him but the music is overwhelming. Fife, now on the opposite side, points out Forte's weakness: his keyboard. The Beast takes this, throws it at Forte and he dies.

   Belle, Beast and the rest of the servants celebrate an enchanted Christmas together.





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