Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (also known as Beauty and the Beast 2) is a 1997 American direct-to-video animated Christmas musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It takes place within the timeline of the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast.
Belle prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast’s wishes, trying to bring him happiness for the season. Forte, a pipe organ, fears that Belle’s plans may eventually bring about an end to the curse… the curse that brought him more importance in the Master’s life. Forte uses Fife, a flute who desperately wants a solo, to destroy Belle’s plans and get rid of her.
Yeah, there really is not that much to go into with a Beauty & The Beast Christmas movie unless it’s actually straight to theaters….unless you’re the recent Frozen short, which by the way, thank god they are taking that off of Coco and just letting Coco sell itself because let’s be honest, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure did not need to be released into a theater, it should’ve just stayed on TV like it was intended to be and that’s it and I’m glad Disney realized their mistake.
Anyway, back to Beauty & The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and for a direct-to-video midquel to the original Beauty & The Beast, it’s harmless, it is what it is, it at least has more to it than Belle’s Magical World did, that piece of shit.
With this, the animation in this looks pretty good for a direct-to-video movie, the winter colors play a nice part of the good things about the movie and it looks pretty impressive. Tim Curry is given a great villainous role in this as the pipe organ, the CG work on him is pretty impressive for 1997 standards and it’s Tim Curry, Tim Curry could read the phone book and he’d make it awesome. Bernadette Peters also has a nice role in this too playing Lumiere’s love interest.
Everything else is just kind of meh, the story is about as generic as you can get, the way they try to set this up in the middle of the original movie is a little hard to follow, the songs are very forgettable here, and the pacing is just kind of rushed, this is only 72 minutes long and it just feels like they try to just pack so much into this and you never feel like you get a movie where the passion that went into the original Beauty & The Beast movie went into this, this just comes off as kind of a cashgrab.
Beauty & The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas has stuff that makes it not a complete waste but you never get the sense that this is a must watch at Christmas, if you’re really want to see this, it’s worth maybe a rent or a one time watch but this is not something you should watch every year.
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