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Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Collection of so-so enchanted tales is redeemed by Belle.

Movie G 1998 92 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


age 2+

Cute but not necessary

Sorry but it's not the classic that the first is. It's cute enough and the messages are good, but the animation is low quality. Some scariness during the third part, and there's a bit of sexy stuff in the second part. Better than the first midquel, but not by a lot. Overall 4.5/10 Get the original instead!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6):

None of the stories is particularly memorable, but they're all amusing enough to delight Belle fans. BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD is feature length at 92 minutes, but it's a collection of four different tales rather than one, and the short stories don't have anything do with each other. Viewers expecting the same level of animation, storytelling, or musicality as the original will be disappointed by the budget look of this installment, which takes place after Enchanted Christmas but before the spell is broken at the end of the original.

Since several key members of the original cast return, it's a treat to hear O'Hara, Benson, Orbach, and Cogsworth's David Ogden Stiers (among others) voice their beloved characters again. Fans will also appreciate that O'Hara's lovely singing voice is highlighted in two original songs. Belle is one of the best Disney princesses, because she's not waiting around for a prince to save her -- she's the one who will eventually save the Beast; her charming personality and kind spirit save this otherwise forgettable quartet of friendship tales.

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