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VIDEO: Miranda, Menken, Schwartz & Lopez Pay Tribute to Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


On this morning's GMA, Award winning composers Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert and Kristine-Anderson Lopez celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and reflected on the impact of the timeless animated movie.

"It's the platonic ideal of a Disney movie to be sure," says Miranda, adding "it's the most successful example of the way a score is supposed to work." Adds Schwartz, "the thing that BEAUTY AND THE BEAST did was to take the techniques and the crafts that were being done in the best Broadway musicals and translate them to this New Medium of the animated feature." Watch the appearance in full below!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary Edition is now available on Digital HD & Disney Movies anywhere and on Blu-ray™ Sept. 20.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was based on the French fairy tale of the same name byJeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The story follows the relationship between the Beast (Robby Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (Paige O'Hara), a beautiful young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, Beast must win her love in return otherwise he remains a monster forever. The film featured the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury. Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken wrote the film's songs.

Debuting in theaters in 1991, the film was a box office success, grossing $425 million worldwide. It went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for its title song. In 1994, a stage adaptation of the film opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre.

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