Picture from Beauty and The Beast
Overall A-

Beauty and the Beast is releasing to theaters in Digital 3D for two weeks only, beginning January 13, 2012. This Disney animation tells the story of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), an avid bookworm who dreams of a romantic hero. And she is about to find an unusual candidate in the form of a bad mannered, hairy monster (voiced by Robby Benson).

Violence B
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: G

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Beauty and The Beast

What things does Belle do that eventually tames the beast? In what other ways does the story show that kindness is stronger then force?

Special Note: Beauty and the Beast is releasing to theaters in Digital 3D for two weeks only, beginning January 13, 2012.

Update: Is it worth seeing Beauty and the Beast in 3D?: Considering Disney has already released the 3D version of this heralded animation on Blu-ray, those of you who have a 3D player and 3D capable TV will be best off trading the admission price for two or three people and buying the Blu-ray disc. However, if you really want the 3D experience of Gaston decorating with antlers and can’t make that happen in your family room, you better get to the theater during this very limited release. While the 3D effect is very captivating in some scenes, it comes across poorly in others. This is especially evident on facial closeups where the 3D magicians have attempted to make certain features of the face (like a nose) appear closer than others. The same issue happens in what’s called a 3/4 shot, where the head is partially turned and one side of the face is closer to the audience than the other. Truly it appears that trying to bring depth to a 2D animation is very difficult when dealing with certain scenes. Yes, it’s a picky detail, but lets face it — the only reason you are in the theater to watch this film is to see it in 3D. Frankly, if that isn’t all that important to you and if you already have a decent television, watch one of the recent Blu-ray or DVD releases instead.

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