I love watching Disney shows. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World is just that; there are 4 mini-movies or episodes on this one disc – “The Perfect Word”, “Fifi’s Folly”, “Mrs. Pott’s Party”, and “Broken Wing”. These shows were intended by Disney to be used in the TV series the “Princess Power Hour”. Thought this didn’t happen these cartoons offer some fun Beauty and the Beast entertainment as these shows fill in the months Belle spent in the castle with her enchanted friends.
The stories, SPOILER ALERT:
The Perfect Word – In this addition to Beauty and the Beast you meet Webster, the castle’s dictionary. The short feature is about emotions and explains many of the emotions using synonyms. Belle and the Beast are in a fight as are Lumiere and a new character, Chandeliera; their differences are solved with understanding and apologies. This short also includes a new song.
Fifi’s Folly – This cartoon is about jealousy. Many children face jealousy over toys, friends, and sibling-parent relationships. In this episode Belle is helping Lumiere prepare an anniversary celebration for Fifi; however, Fifi over hears and thinks Belle and Lumiere are pairing up. In the end it all gets straightened out, as usual, and all is well in the castle again!
Mrs. Potts’ Party – The beloved character, Mrs. Potts, suffers from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – and the castle just can’t get it together enough to cheer her up as all the friends are fighting instead of working together to throw Mrs. Potts a “cheer up” party. Everyone is being mean and bitter which continues to bring Mrs. Potts down. In the end all friends work together AND the sun makes an appearance; all of this helps Mrs. Potts’ feel better. Belle caps off this episode with a cheerful song about friendship.
Broken Wing – Belle’s compassionate hearts again gets her into a pickle with the Beast when she rescues a bird with a broken wing. The wing is bandaged and on the mend, but the Beast tries to keep the bird for his own enjoyment. Belle turns her heart and eventually Beast releases the bird, but because of the kindness shown to the bird, it decides to stick around. This is a classic “If you love something so much then set it free to see if it returns” tale.
The animation is very close to the original. The colors are not as vivid as the original movie but they’re better than Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas. The talent of the shows is most of the original cast.
I really enjoyed these shows. The full disc is 92 minutes long. The length all in one stretch was too long for my straying kids. We had to take a snack break, but the best thing is you can select the stories you like best, and watch from there. You can’t however just choose the feature, you have to do a scene selection.
All and all we liked each! I do think Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World is worth owning on DVD.
My Mom Start Review Grade of Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World DVD: B+
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World is now available, but only for a very limited time! Any Beauty and the Beast fan will love these little stories to have in their movie collection, though I do wish it was released in Blu-Ray or at least widescreen format.
We received samples.