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What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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