Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Album

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Songs tell the story on Oscar-winning Disney soundtrack.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The Beauty and the Beast film is a Disneyfied version, and one of several film versions, of a classic fairy tale first published in the 18th century. Kids who listen to this music will learn about the characters and theme of the story. They'll also learn a little vocabulary -- for example, the fact that "expectorate" means "spit" -- and a bit of French language.

Positive messages

The strongest message of the traditional "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale is also powerful in the Disney movie soundtrack: that "beauty is found within." This is explained in so many words in the prologue, and the song "Something There" shows how Belle comes to love the Beast for his unaffected ways and his kindness. Also Belle's songs, juxtaposed with Gaston's, send a feminist message: Belle wants more than the quiet, routine life of her neighbors, and she has an inner life that's richer than any life she could have with the brutish Gaston.

Positive role models

Belle is a nice girls' role model, and her songs express her strong qualities: her ability to love the Beast despite his appearance, her love of reading, her loyalty to loved ones.

Violence & scariness

In "The Mob Song" the townspeople, led by Gaston, sing about killing the Beast and mounting his head on a wall. They also imagine the evil things they're afraid the Beast might do, like make off with their children and eat them. 

Sexy stuff

Belle and the Beast sing about love and feelings. In the film they kiss, but the song lyrics do not mention this.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Album contains the catchy tunes in Disney's animated retelling of the classic fairy tale. Memorable favorites like "Be Our Guest" and the title song not only stand up as enjoyable music, but they also tell enough about the action for kids who know the film to feel as if they're hearing the movie. The songs express the positive message of the fairy tale -- that "beauty is found within" -- and offer little for parents to be concerned about, except for "The Mob Song," in which misguided townspeople say scary and violent things about the Beast, proposing they kill him and mount his head on a wall. The soundtrack won the 1992 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television after it was first released in 1991. 

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What's the story?

The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM contains the catchy songs from Disney's animated retelling of the classic fairy tale. A special edition of the film containing previously unreleased songs and scenes came out in 2001, and the soundtrack album available in 2012 includes those bonus tracks: "Human Again," demo versions of "Be Our Guest" and the title theme, and the original instrumental music recorded for the Beast's transformation scene. A "Diamond Edition" was released in 2010, containing another bonus track: American Idol winner Jordin Sparks singing the "Beauty and the Beast" theme originally sung by Angela Lansbury.

Is it any good?

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As Disney soundtracks go, Beauty and the Beast is one of the best. The songs are lively and engaging, and they're sung with lots of feeling and character. The film and soundtrack were lauded as a return to form by Disney, and the soundtrack won the 1992 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television after it was first released in 1991. 

These tracks not only drive the plot in the context of the film, but they also include enough story and interplay between characters/singers to tell the story almost on their own. Children who know and love the Beauty and the Beast film will "see" the film when they hear these songs.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like listening to the songs from the movie vs. seeing the movie. Can you tell what's happening from the songs? Do you picture the characters when you listen?

  • What can you tell about Gaston from his song?

  • The townspeople sing that Belle is "odd" and "different from the rest of us"? How is she different?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 29, 2001
Type:Album
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Fairy tales, Great girl role models
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No
Award:Grammy

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Kid, 12 years old October 3, 2013
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GIVE IT A TWO-THUMBS UP!!!

This is the best soundtrack, "The Mob Song" is the best ever, but, it can frighten young kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T October 6, 2014
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4
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Outstanding tunes, but might disturb the youngest children.

I love this soundtrack! However, "Transformation," a song retelling the Beast's death, might be stirring to the youngest kids. Also, "The Mob Song" is a considerable reference to violence. But overall I thought it was great.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence

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