Once upon a time, Disney made a perfect movie called "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) that was such a superior film it was the only animated movie ever nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Twenty years later, Disney's movie about a girl who makes friends with a beast's teapot and other inanimate objects, and falls in love, returns to the big screen in Disney 3D. Here are some opening day quotes from viewers who saw the film in Los Angeles.
"I loved this movie the first time I saw it, and I loved it all over again when I saw it today. It is such a charming film. Everything about it is magical, the way only Disney can do it. The 3D just makes the songs and the dramatic action that much better. Sometimes they overdo the 3D like when it rains at the end and it's hard to see, but the rest of the movie is perfect." -- Jennifer Kruger, Los Angeles
"This is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I was worried what the 3D would do to it. Once I got used to the glasses, it was really fun. I forgot how much I loved this movie. I saw it about 20 times when it first came out and I was in elementary school. I knew all the songs and I would sing them with my friends. I wanted to sing along while I was watching in the theater. The movie holds up really well. It isn't old-fashioned at all." -- Wendy Erickson, Woodland Hills
"I wanted to be Belle [voiced by Paige O'Hara] when I was kid. I wanted to dance around in musicals and meet a beast [Robbie Benson in the movie]. The actors who did the voices for the teapot and the candlestick and the mantle clock (Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and David Ogden Stiers, respectively) are just amazing. It's a wonderful story and my favorite Disney movie of all time." -- Julie Englert, Westwood
"I didn't mind the 3D, but I'm old-school. I like the older version better. I have to admit it's fun to see what they did with it. They made it more modern, I think, and fun to watch all over again. There's really nothing they can do that can ruin this picture. It's one of the best movies ever made even if it is animated." -- Richard Flint, Westwood
"It has its scary parts, so I wouldn't bring the little ones to see it in the theater. The animation is what really stands out in this film, and the music. The 3D makes the animation stand out even more, and it's great. My favorite part was in the beginning when Gaston [Richard White] is introduced, and I love Belle and her father. The movie just draws you in from the very start." -- Ruth Parke, Los Angeles
"I had never seen this movie before, and I highly recommend it. Great story, great songs, everything about it is fun. I love all the Disney films, but this one is really special. I can see why they nominated it for an Academy Award. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen and I can't wait to own it now. I missed the 3D version of 'The Lion King'  that came out last year, so I'm glad I got to see this movie." -- Alan Parness, Los Angeles
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