Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. The film is the 30th animated film in the Walt Disney Animated Classic series and based on the traditional French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. The movie is the third film in the Disney Renaissance period that consisted of films from 1989 to 1999. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. The film was produced by Don Hahn and the screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton. Most of the people working on this film had already established high rankings among movies associated with Disney. After the release of this film on November 22, 1991 and the films high success, most people who worked on this film are widely recognized for their talent. The movie has a high rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film had an overall budget of $25 million and grossed $425 million dollars at the box office. The movie was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical for Comedy. It became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. The film received 5 additional Academy Award nomination, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and Best Original Song on three separate nominations. In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Production had to be completed on a compressed timeline of two years rather than four because of the loss of production time spent developing the earlier Purdum version of the film.Most of the production was done at the main Feature Animation studio, housed in the Air Way facility in Glendale, California. A smaller team at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida assisted the California team on several scenes, particularly the “Be Our Guest”. The success of the CGI ballroom sequence helped convince studio executives to further invest in computer animation.