Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

  • Review Date: November 22, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 72 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Belle's musical holiday tale is unexpectedly dark and scary.
  • Review Date: November 22, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 72 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie is for entertainment purposes and doesn't have an educational message, though kids will learn some positive social messages about being a good friend, generosity, and thoughtfulness.

Positive messages

Forte's actions show kids that friends shouldn't manipulate others just to stay close to them. Belle's intent to make a special Christmas for Beast demonstrates what the Christmas season is really about -- giving, not receiving.

Positive role models

Belle is one of Disney's most beloved princesses because she's not just beautiful, she's also kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and generous. Except for the selfish Forte and the confused Fife, all of the enchanted items in the castle are caring and want to help release Beast from the curse.

Violence & scariness

The movie is very dark and scary throughout. Beast growls in anger a couple of times and trashes the room he's in when he hears bad news. Belle, Chip, and Fife nearly drown in icy waters in a frightening sequence. When Beast saves the day, he stomps around angrily. Beast places Belle in the dungeon and tells her she can rot in there for the rest of her life. There is a creepy, evil organ that appears throughout and could cause nightmares.

Sexy stuff

Beast and Belle hug and dance.

Language

Language includes "hell" and "liar."

Consumerism

Most of the straight-to-DVD releases tied to Disney movies are made to capitalize on the original's popularity. The DVD is a tie-in to the Beauty and the Beast franchise, which includes everything from toys and games to apparel and books.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this unexpectedly dark holiday tale includes several potentially frightening scenes and a character who's especially mean and manipulative. Younger kids may be disturbed when Beast rages and starts destroying everything in his path or when Belle, Chip, and Fife almost drown in icy waters. The mean-spirited Forte, who is extremely creepy and could cause nightmares, is a negative example of how a friend should act, but all of the other characters are quite sweet and giving, particularly Belle, who -- as always -- is kind-hearted and just wants to show Beast the joy of the Christmas season. If you are looking for a sweet holiday tale, this is not it; it is far scarier than you might expect for a Disney holiday title.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) tries to prepare the castle for the Christmas season despite Beast's (Robby Benson) disinterest in holiday cheer. But while most of the enchanted figures are excited to help Belle, a mean-spirited pipe organ named Forte (Tim Curry) enlists his small pal, Fife (Paul Reubens), to foil the possibility that Belle could break the curse. Forte convinces Belle to trek into the dangerous Black Forest to get a Christmas tree, which Belle believes will make Beast happy. Forte, however, pretends that Belle has abandoned Beast.

Is it any good?

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Nothing could compare to the original Beauty and the Beast's splendor, but once audiences lower their expectations to meet the level of direct-to-DVD films, THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS is an amusing if unnecessarily dark installment in the "tale as old as time." The musical numbers are catchy and the story compelling, but it doesn't always feel like an actual Christmas movie.
 

The focus on Forte's mission to stop Beauty and the Beast from falling in love takes away from the holiday spirit that permeates the rest of the movie. But on the bright side, Curry is always pitch-perfect playing evil characters, and his desperation to remain BFFs with the Beast is upsetting but surprisingly understandable. O'Hara's Belle is lovely to behold, whether she's dancing around with Chip or telling Beast she just wants him to be happy. She's the heart of the story, and her loving charm makes every Beauty and the Beast ultimately enchanting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about friendship. Was Forte a true friend to Beast? What motivated him to deceive both Beast and Belle?

  • What is the movie's Christmas message? Why did Belle risk her safety to retrieve the tree?

  • How does the movie fit into the story of the original Beauty and the Beast? How do the new characters compare to the ones depicted in the original?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 22, 2011
Cast:Jerry Orbach, Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson
Director:Andrew Knight
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Holidays
Run time:72 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byitaleigh December 22, 2012
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6
QUALITY
 

"It's hell when someone's always there," ...really? In a movie for kids?

If I had previewed this film, I would not have showed it to my 6 and 3 year old. The 3 year old alternated between scared and bored, and the six year old had a look of concern on her face through most of the movie. The movie is dark and not what one thinks of when looking for a Christmas movie for kids. And most the lyrics for "Don't Fall In Love," where a bit much for a movie for kids. I don't get it the rationale.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever January 10, 2012
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5
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A Little Dark For A Holiday Movie

It's a great holiday film for people who are fans of the orignal movie: Beauty And The Beast. But is a little to dark, scary, and intense for a holiday movie.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byJanelleam December 30, 2013
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8
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"A bit dark" is a huge understatement. NOT for preschoolers.

"A bit dark" is a huge understatement. Much of the movie was the very creepy, scary and evil organ talking with the nasty and ill-tempered Beast. Even the parts with Belle are filled with either the Beast yelling at her or near death experiences. On top of all of this, they organ says things along the lines of "being in love is hell," "they can't fall in love if they're dead" (as he tries to kill them) and tries to persuade the Beast to turn himself into a Beast forever in a scene that is very reminiscent bullying people into suicide. Terrible movie for kids under 8, and not really good even if they are older.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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