Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beauty and the Beast Animated Wallpapers

Beauty and the Beast is my second favorite animated movie (Sleeping Beauty being my favorite). The first time I saw this movie I was astounded at the animation, how the camera moved, the color palette used and the music. As to the animation, in some instances we might be focused in the foreground, but the background would held beautiful images worth contemplating.

Nonetheless, my favorite sequence in all the movie is Be Our Guest. This sequence includes not only a catchy song with beautiful lyrics, but also the energy, warmth, and strength of eating and drinking (and serving). It is also a joyous and long awaited hiatus in the lives of the servants, as is put into song:

Life is so unnerving
For a servant who's not serving
He's not whole without a soul to wait upon

Ah, those good old days when we were useful...
Suddenly those good old days are gone
Ten years we've been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills!
Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!

A daisy, indeed. And what joie the vivre!

But my favorite shot is actually in the reprise of the song Belle, when Belle has said no to Gaston's marriage proposal and she goes to the woods to sing her heart out.

She is definitely not Madame Gaston. Belle also wants much more than her provincial life can provide (even though one might say that she is privileged to live in such a beautiful and luscious place- it all depends in one's circumstances, I guess).

This sequence reminds me so of another of my favorite movies: the beginning of The Sound of Music, when Maria is also singing in the woods (even the music, to my untrained ears, sounds similar).

What a marvelous library. I've always been the nerdy type, so I fell in love with the Beast's library. So much knowledge and so little time to read it all.

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