Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast: Journey to a Classic

By Jim Fanning

A beastly leading man, a bookworm princess, a brittle brood of supporting characters in a story confined to a dark castle. These unlikely elements make up one of the most well-known yet unlikely fairy tales ever—and only the magic of Disney animation could bring it to the screen with such unforgettable enchantment. As Beauty and the Beast (1991)…

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Beauty and the Beast

How to Make a Beauty Fall in Love with a Beast

By William Keck

One of the greatest challenges facing the creative team behind Beauty and the Beast was convincing their audience that a lovely young French maiden with her head buried in books could fall in love with a monstrous buffalo-headed creature sporting a lion’s mane, wolf’s tail and the tusks of a boar.

Not to mention making the story appropriate…

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Alan Menken

23 Questions with Alan Menken

Every few seconds, a pastel-colored clamshell glides into a melodious room of spinning starfish, dancing crustaceans, and instrument-playing sea dwellers in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World. More than 20 years after The Little Mermaid’s film release, timeless Alan Menken songs (“Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” to name…

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Joshua Sasse in Galavant

Galavant’s Music Maker

There’s a new hero riding into town, and his name is Galavant.
But like all great heroes, there’s a power behind the throne. And in the case of ABC’s new comedy, it’s a musical powerhouse—Disney Legend and Grammy and Academy Award-winner Alan Menken. The series—starring Joshua Sasse as the titular character who is on a quest to reclaim his lost love Madalena…

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Disney Legend Alan Menken

Alan Menken and the Music of The Little Mermaid

Disney Legend Alan Menken has composed the music for scores of beloved Disney musicals, from Beauty and the Beast to Tangled,

. . . but Disney fans first came to know his work in 1989, when he and the late lyricist Howard Ashman wrote the music for The Little Mermaid. This year, The Little Mermaid celebrated its 25th anniversary, and with that came the release…

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Top Five Disney Academy Award Moments

The Academy Awards® never fail to provide indelible memories. So the D23 Team did an informal poll around the office to see what we felt the top five Disney Oscar moments have been. What do you think? And don’t forget to tune into ABC on February 28 to watch more moments as they happen!

5—“A Lifetime of Magic”
On February 26, 1942, Walt Disney was honored…

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