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Plot: Belle prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast's wishes, trying to bring him happiness for the season. Forte, a pipe organ, fears that Belle's plans may eventually bring about an end to the curse... the curse that brought him more importance in the Master's life. Forte uses Fife, a flute who desperately wants a solo, to destroy Belle's plans and get rid of her. Runtime: 72 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1996
I first saw Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas in 1997 right after its release. I remember liking it then and thinking it was kinda fun and cute. Recently I watched it again and enjoyed it even more I think. No, it's not the original, as you might have noticed most of these reviews attest to, but it is an exceptional technical effort for direct to video. 20 years ago much of the the animation in the theaters wasn't even this good. The character work was outstanding and the original voices made the whole thing. Cogsworth and Lumiere were in great form and Forte and Fife <more>
added an interesting dynamic. The grandest instrument - the pipe organ - must use the least of instruments - a piccolo - to get his dirty work done, though Fife Paul Reubens is a somewhat unwilling accomplice... not too bright either, but perhaps the most interesting of the new characters. Tim Curry was perfect as the evil Forte, who is - of course - evil just for its own sake. He's kinda ugly and mean so it's easy to hate him. The CGI animation on him is good, but a little misplaced. I think it was just an experiment in animation that didn't quite work all the way, though it was perfected in the movie The Iron Giant where the main character - though animated by computers was given a hand-drawn look.I think kids and adults with a taste for some fun and a good suspension of disbelief can enjoy this one. I actually think the story could have been a little longer and more involved, especially toward the end. There was a bit of character reconciliation which I figure must have taken place off screen, and a rather truncated musical number between Lumiere and Cogsworth which could have expanded to include everyone else. A couple of the songs were not bad for the budget that this thing was made on. The humor came across well, and even the Beast had a couple of funny moments, and it was nice just to see some old friends.Though it pretty much leaves out the true meaning of Christmas, I think The Enchanted Christmas is a fresh approach to holiday fiction and it has a good message on hope and caring and stands well as a chapter in the Beast's journey back to humanity.
Enchanting Disney Christmas flick (by Catherine_Grace_Zeh)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED Christmas, in my opinion, is an enchanting Disney Christmas flick. If you ask me, the Beast voice of Robby Benson was truly a grouch about Christmas. You'll have to see the movie if you want to know why. On the other hand, the songs were truly outstanding. Well, despite the fact that every song in this film was good, I would have to say that "As Long As There's Christmas" was the best. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say everyone involved in enchanting Disney Christmas flick to all of you who haven't seen it. You're in for <more>
a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.
Contrary to the other comment, I'm a BATB fan, and I LOVED TEC!!!! I think it was one of the very best Disney movies! I could watch it all day and not tire of it. Tim Curry is an AMAZING actor and they gave him an excellent part in this movie. The rest of the cast was amazing as well, and the movie is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!
Heart warming Christmas Disney spirit (by popopcms)
though you can not compare to the Oscar- nominated first it is a nice little masterpiece of it's own I do watch this film at least once around Christmas each year. It is really a worthy sequel to a Disney classic unlike, Cinderella 2, Lion King 2,fox and the hound 2 . And is way better than "Belle's Magical World". And antoher great thing about it is that it's in the middle of the first film, and it happened to not ruin it. Because really if they make a fourth about them now, it's won't be as good because he's not the beast! And the songs are beautiful! <more>
"As long as there's Christmas" is great just a good film even with out the first 9/10
Having read the other review of this video, I can't believe that they were about the same film I really like. No, this is not the original, but it was never meant to be. This is a well done Christmas story aimed at children and the young at heart. Oh, it is easy to nit pick and say this doesn't measure up to the original film, but it is a superior direct to video production. The animation is well above other such efforts, the voices are absolutely wonderful. Any production with Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters and Jerry Orbach is one to be treasured and they do not disappoint in <more>
this one. Except for "As Long As There's Christmas", the songs are mere background efforts, but "As Long As ----" is wonderful and deserves to get wide spread recordings.The story is just right for a Christmas special. It is refreshing to have a Christmas story that avoids Santa, red nosed deer, elves etc. This concentrates on friendship, loving relationships and fun characters. The reviewers who write unpleasant things about a decent, fun video should watch out for three ghosts who should haunt them on Christmas Eve and purge them of their unkind thoughts and writings. Their unfortunate opinions could cause readers to deprive themselves of a truly delightful Christmas video.
For a direct-to-video special, this movie isn't really all that bad. The animation was crisp and clean enough that I wondered if the theatrical animation department worked on this. The CG animation of the villain, Forte, was pretty impressive, even though it kind of stood out like a sore thumb compared to the traditional animated surroundings.All the voicework is back from the original movie, most notably Jerry Orbach as Lumiere and David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth. New characters were well voiced by Tim Curry, Paul Reubens, and Bernadette Peters. One thing that is definitely lacking in <more>
this movie is the quality of the songs. Most of them are kind of corny, sappy, and disposable. Compare that with the original where all the songs were magnificent and memorable, and you'll realize that Howard Ashman was definitely missed.As for the storyline, this movie provided a nice Christmas story. Recalling back when they were cursed, the characters detailed their struggle to bring Christmas back to the castle. I thought Forte was a very conniving and formidable villain. He added the conflict that made the story more interesting. It's not groundbreaking material, but it's sweet and nice enough around the holidays.So, overall, this isn't Academy Award material like its predecessor, nor was it ever intended to be. It's a good Christmas story with your favorite B&B characters.My IMDb Rating: 8/10. My Yahoo! Grade: B+ Memorable
Commentary on the Special Edition DVD (by Pelagia)
The original film is such a masterpiece that it sets the bar so high for this sequel, and you have to keep this in mind when you sit down to watch this. First of all, I think it is such a delight to have the entire cast from the original back and at it. I think the film would really have been hurt if even one of the voice actors had been replaced.I think what made the original so strong was the music and lyrics of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Every song was beautiful, witty, and did so much to develop the story and characters. There a but a few songs in The Enchanted Christmas, and the only <more>
one that is somewhat memorable is the song "Stories", whose melody becomes a sort of musical motif that recurs throughout the film. The interesting animation sequence during this song is one of the highlights of the film, and it is nothing like anything featured in the original.If you are a die-hard fan of Beauty and the Beast like myself, you will enjoy seeing the characters in action... but, sadly, it feels different and less magical than the original. The script is a little thin, and the voice acting isn't totally consistent with the original. For example, Robby Benson, who voices Beast, sounds very strange at times and seems to be overacting. But it seems that the Beast in general is very exaggerated throughout the film so this is probably not Benson's fault. Paige O'Hara as Belle as always has a remarkably beautiful voice, whether she is singing or talking. It is so wonderful to hear her put life into the character again.One thing that I feel was very wrong with this film is that an entire sequence was devoted to showing how the Prince turned away the Enchantress on Christmas and became the Beast. I think that the original film did a marvelous job by telling this part of the story through the stained glass sequence in the beginning, but seeing it portrayed here again sort lacks that fairy-tale wonder to it that the images in stained glass conveyed so well.Aside from this minor point, I believe if you enjoyed the original like myself, you won't have too hard a time of enjoying this film. Like I mentioned, it would be impossible to match the beauty and magic of the original solely in that the music just cannot match the genius of the Menken/Ashman collaboration. Even though the animation is low-budget, a wonderful soundtrack would have made the sequel great.My commentary on the Special Edition DVD is that I thought the behind-the-scenes feature was wonderful, and although it is short, you get some really great interviews from the voice actors including Tim Curry who makes his debut as the story's new villain. You don't get to see Paul Reubens though, whose voice and character I found rather annoying. No big loss. One problem I had, however, is with the quality of the image. The Special Edition of the original on DVD has an amazing picture quality, and the colors are so lucid and spectacular, yet in the Enchanted Christmas DVD the colors are somewhat dull and faded. Aside from that, the other special features are just some nonsense that is thrown in just to satisfy the Special Edition title, but the behind-the-scenes feature is good enough for me.On a final note, I noticed that there are Roman numerals on the side of the DVD cases of both films. Supposedly there will be a third Beauty and the Beast Special Edition coming out soon. Can't wait.
Excellent to see the original transformation! (by Ariel-28)
When I first heard that a sequel to BATB was to come, I was surprised: how is it possible that the Prince is the Beast again? But when I saw the film, I found it quite good - it was nice to see something new happening in the castle. And I liked the "nature of a beast" which the enchanted Prince seemed to have more than in the original story. I must confess that Forte was really frightening! And the best in the whole movie was the coming of the Enchantress and the transformation of the Prince into the Beast. Yes, I really liked the film very much.