Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World
Belle's Magical World (also known as Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World) is a 1998 direct-to-video animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and released by Walt Disney Home Video on February 17, 1998. The film is a followup to the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film Beauty and the Beast, features the voices of Paige O'Hara as Belle, Robby Benson as The Beast, Jerry Orbach as Lumière, David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth, and Anne Rogers, who replaced Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts. The film features two songs performed by Belle, "Listen With Our Hearts" and "A Little Thought." This storyline is set within the timeline of the original Beauty and the Beast (after Christmas but before the fight against Gaston). This was a midquel series during Beauty and the Beast.
This film has received an overwhelmingly negative response by critics since its release.
The film consist of three connected segments from an unreleased television series: "The Perfect Word", "Fifi's Folly" and "The Broken Wing". For the special edition released in 2003, another segment was included, "Mrs. Potts's Party" (from Belle's Tales of Friendship), making the film 22 minutes longer.
Why It Sucks
- It's very juvenile due to its light-hearted humor, though it's worth noting that while Beauty and the Beast (the original animated film) was suitable for all ages, it also has a really good sense of drama.
- Belle, Beast, and Lumière are flanderized beyond belief;
- Belle is changed from a fun-loving action girl to a generic dumb house-wife who blames herself whenever something goes wrong.
- Beast is the WORST offender of this: He appear to be far more selfish, temperamental, aggressive, hostile and bossy than he was in the first two films, and even overreacts over small things like a baby bird. In fact, Beast is so despicable in this film that he could very well be the film's metaphorical antagonist.
- Lumière is even more of a womanizing jerk than he was in the first two films.
- Bad facial expressions that are downright laughable, such as Belle's "derp face" that she makes while trying to tell the Beast a story. It's so bad that it became an internet meme.
- Despite being the midquel to the first film, Gaston (the main antagonist of the first film) does not appear in this film or even get a mention by any of the characters at all.
- Very cheap animation. As with Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this "movie" actually started out as a bunch of episodes for a Beauty and the Beast TV series, which were stitched together and released in one package after it didn't get picked up (probably because absolutely nobody was asking for such a series).
- Because of the timeline the film takes place, story potential for each segment is extremely limited due to taking place at just one location (which is, only the Beast's castle), hence making the segments' setups extremely bland and dull and all four of the film's segments to have very repetitive and formulaic plots: Each segment is about its characters getting into petty arguments and conflicts and learning a somewhat tagged-on moral lesson in the end.
- On top of that, all the conflicts seen in all four segments are incredibly frustrating and tedious due to how incredibly petty they are.
- Angela Lansbury, the original voice actress for Mrs. Potts, didn't reprise her role as the character for unknown reasons, and instead, Anne Rogers replaced her as the voice of Mrs. Potts in this film. Anne Rogers actually does a poor job voicing Mrs. Potts, lacking the genuine charm that Lansbury brings to the character.
- Too many plot-holes and continuity errors between the events of this film and the original Beauty and the Beast film. Examples:
- In Beauty and the Beast and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Belle has a fair-skinned complexion, but for some strange reason in this film, she has a darker-skinned complexion.
- Despite that this film takes place in the middle of the original Beauty and the Beast, Beast for some reason appears to switch back-and-forth from being a nice person to back to his old rude and stubborn self between the segments in this film.
- Just like the second film, this film introduces new characters who were never seen or even mentioned in the first film.
- Unnecessary fade-outs in certain scenes, although they're supposedly allocated for commercial breaks considering that this was meant to be a TV series.
- Loads of filler and padding.
- For some weird and unexplained reason, Lumière hits on a Chandelier at certain times.
- Forgettable and useless songs that do not tie-in with the plot.
- False advertising: On the 2003 DVD box-art, Belle is shown in some cases wearing her iconic yellow dress, but she never wears it in the actual "movie".
- Misleading title: Despite the film's title stating "Belle's Magical World", there's nothing really magical that happened in this film, unlike the first two films.
- There isn't a single mention of Belle's father Maurice, who is her greatest source of motivation and the reason why she is willing to be held prisoner inside Beast's castle!
- Lumière has two funny lines.
- The voice acting is pretty good (except for Anne Rogers as Mrs. Potts).
- Some scenes are actually funny.