Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived...

running time 84 minutes
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The Beauty Belle meets Beast for the first time
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Lyrics to the theme song of Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends

Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast.

Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise.

Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bitter sweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong.

Certain as the sun
Rising in the east.
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast.

Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast.

This song was one of three from the movie to receive an Oscar nomination.
Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast received six Academy Award nominations that year,
including Best Picture, the first Best Picture nomination made for an animated film.
Beauty and the Beast also received the Best Picture Golden Globe Award that year.

Successful lyrics for a very successful animated movie. . .
in fact, one of the most successful films in Disney's long history.
What is it about this film that made it so popular?
Can you find universal values in these lyrics?

What does this film say about the roles played by men and women in a relationship?
Do the characters in this story parallel any of the relationships in your own life?
Are all men beasts in the eyes of women, if so, is this a virtue or a deficit?
If not, what force does the beast represent? Is this beast force inherent in all of us?

The provincial French village where Belle lives with her inventor father
as seen from the bell tower as a hidden surprise
in the animated film Hunchback of Notre Dame.

What are your feelings about the supporting characters Lumiere (the candleholder),
Cogsworth (the Clock), Mrs. Potts (The Tea Pot), Chip (the teacup), Belle's father Maurice,
Gaston (the man that wants to marry Belle), or his funny little sidekick LeFou?

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