Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11: An Enchanted Yuletide

On this day in 1997, Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas was released direct-to-video (which meant VHS tape back in the pre-DVD days). Sometimes referred to as a midquel (a sequel which can take place during a chronology gap within a single previously completed work) this video takes place within the time line of the original Beauty and the Beast, but it centers around the previous Christmas festivities!
Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast's (Robby Benson) wishes, trying to bring him happiness for the season. Many of the original voice cast returned for The Enchanted Christmas, including Jerry Orbach (as Lumiere), Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Potts), and Paul Reubens (as Fife).
Directed by Andy Knight, Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas won two WAC Awards (given by World Animation Celebration) and was nominated for a Saturn Award and multiple Annie Awards.

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