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The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After s The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After some changes, two new directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, were put in charge of the project. Although he was initially reluctant to do another animated film after The Little Mermaid, the late Howard Ashman came on board shortly after the new directors did. Over many months, the characters and story evolved further, but there were many changes, and wrong turns. Sequences were created, reworked, cut, and added as the film gradually emerged, like a statue from a block of marble. After all of the ups and downs, Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 to rave reviews and record-breaking box-office business. The film was widely hailed as a technical and aesthetic breakthrough and remains the only animated feature ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. This authoritative book features interviews with artists, voice-over actors, and executives, and transcripts of meetings and story sessions. Illustrations abound throughout, including sketches, caricatures, sequences of animation drawings, and preliminary artwork from discarded scenes. This book will be a must-have for any fan of the "Tale as Old as Time."


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The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After s The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After some changes, two new directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, were put in charge of the project. Although he was initially reluctant to do another animated film after The Little Mermaid, the late Howard Ashman came on board shortly after the new directors did. Over many months, the characters and story evolved further, but there were many changes, and wrong turns. Sequences were created, reworked, cut, and added as the film gradually emerged, like a statue from a block of marble. After all of the ups and downs, Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 to rave reviews and record-breaking box-office business. The film was widely hailed as a technical and aesthetic breakthrough and remains the only animated feature ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. This authoritative book features interviews with artists, voice-over actors, and executives, and transcripts of meetings and story sessions. Illustrations abound throughout, including sketches, caricatures, sequences of animation drawings, and preliminary artwork from discarded scenes. This book will be a must-have for any fan of the "Tale as Old as Time."

30 review for Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This book reminded me of the oversized art books Disney used to published for Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, etc. Although not as large as those predecessors, the feeling of familiarity really comes from the content. This is a Disney book after all. There are plenty of beautiful art to be seen. The pages are filled with sketches, storyboards, animation drawings, production drawings, background art, photos of Disney artists at work. The print quality is nice. A l (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This book reminded me of the oversized art books Disney used to published for Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, etc. Although not as large as those predecessors, the feeling of familiarity really comes from the content. This is a Disney book after all. There are plenty of beautiful art to be seen. The pages are filled with sketches, storyboards, animation drawings, production drawings, background art, photos of Disney artists at work. The print quality is nice. A lot of names are mentioned and there's no doubt Disney has some of the most talented artists around. Story artist Brenda Chapman is amazing at capturing the nuances, expressions and feelings of the characters with her storyboards. There are also production paintings from Hans Bacher that set the visual style for the film. The animation line drawings from the animators are wonderful as well. Glen Keane designed the Beast, inspired by a buffalo head he bought from a taxidermist shop. The commentary follows the production of the film, from the history to the reception after it was screened. It even covers the updated edition for IMAX and the additional footage added. The stories and interviews are interesting and as with every movie, you'll be able to read all about the challenges of making an animated film. There's also a chapter on the Broadway adaption. This is a great book that I can easily recommend to animation art lovers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mireille Duval

    What a truly stunning, magnificent, wonderful book. I'm a fan of the series of books "The Art Of...", but this is much, much more than that. An honest tale of the creation of this classic movie, with all the stops and stalls, the problems, the fighting, and the moments of glory. It's filled with wonderful images, but even more wonderful text (I'm not that visual a person!). The fact that it was written twenty years after the release allows for more distance, more honesty, plus talk of the Broadw What a truly stunning, magnificent, wonderful book. I'm a fan of the series of books "The Art Of...", but this is much, much more than that. An honest tale of the creation of this classic movie, with all the stops and stalls, the problems, the fighting, and the moments of glory. It's filled with wonderful images, but even more wonderful text (I'm not that visual a person!). The fact that it was written twenty years after the release allows for more distance, more honesty, plus talk of the Broadway show, the 3D rerelease, etc. I feel like I already knew much of the story, thanks to DVD/Blu-ray releases that are also tremendously filled with bonus features, but it was a pleasure to read / look at all the same. One of my favorite tidbits was Brenda Chapman's involment in it - with few ladies on a team creating a romance, it was nice to see her influence, particularly now that we know she went on to direct Brave. It's also pretty funny to know that the boys sneaked the snow fight in "Something There" on a day she was out sick! I'm so glad that such a book exists for my favorite Disney movie. If you like Disney animation at all, getting this is a no-brainer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    Things I learned: 1. They argued a lot over this film. Tensions were very high. Much yelling. I don't know that I would have liked to be a part of it. 2. Don Bluth's idea for the retelling sounded so good. He was going off of G.K.'s quote, "A thing must be loved before it is lovable." 3. Making a movie is hard. 4. They trick you by putting the best concept art on page one. 5. I want more concept art. The text was good, but make the book twice as long and INCLUDE MORE CONCEPT ART PLEASE. 6. This was a Things I learned: 1. They argued a lot over this film. Tensions were very high. Much yelling. I don't know that I would have liked to be a part of it. 2. Don Bluth's idea for the retelling sounded so good. He was going off of G.K.'s quote, "A thing must be loved before it is lovable." 3. Making a movie is hard. 4. They trick you by putting the best concept art on page one. 5. I want more concept art. The text was good, but make the book twice as long and INCLUDE MORE CONCEPT ART PLEASE. 6. This was a Art and Making of Book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenan

    A good book for the fans of Beauty and the Beast. It tells how all of it started and how they created the movies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

    I've always been a Disney girl. Growing up, Belle was one of my favorite princesses. As a kid, I had a prop box full of things like a fake rose in a vase, my old Dorothy Halloween costume (it looked enough like Belle's blue dress to me), and a stuffed My Little Pony tied to a stick that I would pull out whenever I wanted to play. I had recorded Beauty and the Beast off the TV onto a cassette tape and written out every line of Belle's (and the prompt beforehand) with my pink, purple, and blue Lis I've always been a Disney girl. Growing up, Belle was one of my favorite princesses. As a kid, I had a prop box full of things like a fake rose in a vase, my old Dorothy Halloween costume (it looked enough like Belle's blue dress to me), and a stuffed My Little Pony tied to a stick that I would pull out whenever I wanted to play. I had recorded Beauty and the Beast off the TV onto a cassette tape and written out every line of Belle's (and the prompt beforehand) with my pink, purple, and blue Lisa Frank pens (the third color for the song lyrics, the others for the aforementioned two line types). I recently found that notebook, too, and can't bring myself to throw it away! I would become Belle in my room back before I even knew what "acting" or "stage theatre" waas. Belle had brown hair like me and read a lot the way I did and her name also started with a "B." I loved Belle. I wanted to be her when I grew up. Today, I still hold a soft spot for the character; several figurines of her (and Ariel, my other favorite) adorn my dresser. The moment I laid eyes on Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast at my local B&N, I knew I had to have it. Its looks alone drew me over to it. The cover is purple--my favorite color--and has the scene of Belle and Beast dancing. The rose is etched in gold on the back cover. Not only that, the movie just re-released on Blu-Ray, meaning interest in the movie is once again at an all-time high. Disney knew I would want this gorgeous tome. The only drawback is the fact that the retail price is $40, which is pretty steep if a good sale isn't going on. The money is worth it, though, because every page is high-quality and the photographs are vivid and full. This book is like looking into a little piece of history. If you like documentaries like A Pixar Story (on the Wall-E DVD and on TV sometimes) or Waking Sleeping Beauty (on DVD Nov. 30), you'll love this book. It's a written documentary. Every chapter uses a line from one of the song's many songs, which is genius in and of itself. The book begins by talking about the legend of Beauty and the Beast and quickly moves into preliminary work on how Disney began creating its own version. There are sketches of early versions that reveal a very different look at the world we've come to know and love. If these plans had gone ahead, the movie wouldn't be what it is today. Looking at early artwork made me feel privileged. How often do we get to see everything a studio scraps before coming up with the final, polished version? I especially loved the close-up of what went into creating the beast. He was re-tooled so many times, and I never really thought about WHAT kind of creature he was before. Beast is a true hybrid; he borrows his body parts from so many different animals. (A preview of early Beast concepts and a look into character artist Glen Keane's thought-process is available in the Fall issue of Disney 23 magazine [the one with Tangled on the cover), which may still be at your local magazine stand.) The book is also full of fun, little-known facts about our beloved movie. For example, if you didn't watch all of the bonuses that came with your Enchanted DVD, you may not know that the Disney Studios ran out of time and money when they were making Beauty and the Beast. Rather than turn in something bad or rushed that was obvious to the audience, they recycled artwork from earlier movies such as Sleeping Beauty and Bambi. The famous waltz scene at the end of both movies is an exact duplicate. The original cells from SB were copied and the images were adjusted to feature Belle and Beast (In fact, you can see a really good side-by-side comparison here). The deer at the beginning of the movie are from Bambi (as are the deer from The Fox and the Hound). There is so much wonderful information in this art book. It's a true treasure for all Disney connoisseurs and a rare look at the inner workings that led to one of the all-time greatest animated movies ever made.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    If your looking for an amazing art book, then DON'T buy this book. This book has very little art of the film 'Beauty and the Beast'. I purchased this book because I though it would follow a similar format of the Studio Ghibli art books, but I was wrong. This book explains in detail the entire history and making of the Disney film production of 'Beauty and the Beast', from the deveoplement of the morderen day version of the fairy tale from the earliest original copy, to the progression of 'Beauty If your looking for an amazing art book, then DON'T buy this book. This book has very little art of the film 'Beauty and the Beast'. I purchased this book because I though it would follow a similar format of the Studio Ghibli art books, but I was wrong. This book explains in detail the entire history and making of the Disney film production of 'Beauty and the Beast', from the deveoplement of the morderen day version of the fairy tale from the earliest original copy, to the progression of 'Beauty and the Beast' as a Broadway production. This book reveals the uncertain and caotic atmosphere that surrounded Disney at the time of this films making. This book even goes as far as to go into detail about the Disney Take over in the 80's and the era of Disney animation that is not remembered very fondly. Even though I found most of the information interesting and by the end I had really settled in to the idea of having to 'read' this book, this book is NOT an art book, and I dont believe it should have been marketed as one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I'm an expert on all things Beauty and the Beast but this had plenty of information about its creation to refresh my memory. Absolutely gorgeous artwork and pictures are paired with a comprehensive guide to the film's creation. I want this for my personal collection. I'm an expert on all things Beauty and the Beast but this had plenty of information about its creation to refresh my memory. Absolutely gorgeous artwork and pictures are paired with a comprehensive guide to the film's creation. I want this for my personal collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Not the best as Disney art-books go, but still... pretty great.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    For true fans of Beauty and the Beast, this is a terrific companion book. The artwork and pictures are gorgeous, and the history of getting the film (and Broadway show, and Disney attractions, and live-action film...) produced shows great insight and tidbits. I would have liked a little more depth behind the actors cast in the animated film as they did with the live-action. All in all, a nice Saturday read for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becca Kirkman

    If you LOVE the animated tale- this book provides an excellent non-fiction account of how the how Disney's Beauty and the Beast came to be. There is some much packed into this book! I love the pictures of concept art, animation. This book is great because it includes the animated version, Broadway and the new live action. If you are a passionate Beauty and the Beast fan- this book is a must! If you LOVE the animated tale- this book provides an excellent non-fiction account of how the how Disney's Beauty and the Beast came to be. There is some much packed into this book! I love the pictures of concept art, animation. This book is great because it includes the animated version, Broadway and the new live action. If you are a passionate Beauty and the Beast fan- this book is a must!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jesten

    Very informative, journalistic and interesting. I loved every second of reading this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Loved this; after all beauty and the beast (animated) is my all time favourite movie.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Aside from a few typos here and there, this was a beautiful, well-researched book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    I love how this incorperated the making of the animated film, land in Walt Disney World, and the live action film adaptation. There was so much information on what was going on during it's production as well as inspiration from the stories of the past. I love how this incorperated the making of the animated film, land in Walt Disney World, and the live action film adaptation. There was so much information on what was going on during it's production as well as inspiration from the stories of the past.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    This book was released just last year, and was a nice addition to my Disney art book collection when I received it for Christmas. It's not quite as big or thick as the volumes published previously, but it's an excellent book about the art and making of Beauty and the Beast. This is the first time this movie has been treated to its own "Making Of" book, and it is excellent. This beautiful book is a thorough but concise history of the process that hundreds of artists and executives went through to This book was released just last year, and was a nice addition to my Disney art book collection when I received it for Christmas. It's not quite as big or thick as the volumes published previously, but it's an excellent book about the art and making of Beauty and the Beast. This is the first time this movie has been treated to its own "Making Of" book, and it is excellent. This beautiful book is a thorough but concise history of the process that hundreds of artists and executives went through to create this landmark film from start to finish. It starts with an overview of the fairy tale itself, detailing its origins as far back as we know, and its consequent retellings and different versions, and then gives a little background on the state of Disney animation at the time the movie started pre-production. It then goes on to outline the making of the film itself, including a great amount of detail on the story and script development, change of directors, the decision to turn the film into a musical, the design of the characters and casting of their voice actors, various aspects of the animation process, and its release, reception and overwhelming success. It finishes with some information regarding adapting the film to the Broadway stage, and re-releasing it in IMAX and 3D ten years after its initial theatrical release. The first time I flipped through the book, I thought there wouldn't be much new here, but even for a Disney spaz like me, there was a lot of really interesting and new information, some of which I had never heard before. The author has certainly done a lot of research and includes many interviews with the core production team from studios in multiple countries. Illustrations abound, from rough storyboards and character designs to cleaned up animation and stills from the film, and from Disney legends like Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Hans Bacher and Mark Henn. The writing is nice and flows naturally from subject to subject, and the chapters are nicely organized and cleverly titled. Something that really took me by surprise about this book is how it's pretty honest regarding the movie's faults and flaws (which are understandable, considering the very many changes it went through before arriving at the finished product). Producer Don Hahn even makes mention that it's not the best Disney film, or the funniest, or the most epic, but he makes sure to say that it has a lot of heart and honesty. At the time of writing, this was still the only animated feature film to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and although by now a few others have now achieved that distinction, this one stands as the movie that broke through and really attracted some attention, making people realize that animation really is a legitimate and involved art form, that a lot more goes into the making of "cartoons" than people think, and that they're not just for kids. Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful movie, and this informative and entertaining book on the painstaking process of producing it is a fine companion piece and tribute.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    I've had this book for a long time, maybe 10 years, as it's copyright is 2010, but while I browsed through it a few times, I really thought that I knew the history of Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast'. I've read articles and heard interviews over the years. As it turns out, though, there was A LOT that I didn't know, and that made this book all the more fascinating! The movie went through a lot of changes during the animation process and an early version seems to have a lot in common with the recent I've had this book for a long time, maybe 10 years, as it's copyright is 2010, but while I browsed through it a few times, I really thought that I knew the history of Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast'. I've read articles and heard interviews over the years. As it turns out, though, there was A LOT that I didn't know, and that made this book all the more fascinating! The movie went through a lot of changes during the animation process and an early version seems to have a lot in common with the recent live-action version. It finally made sense to me where they got all the French costumes and powdered wigs - they were going back to an original concept for the animated version that got thrown out. Thank God it got thrown out, IMHO. My love of the story of Beauty and the Beast started with the 1987 TV series, starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. To my surprise, that version is actually mentioned in this book! They acknowledge that "when work began on Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the version the future potential audience would know best was the CBS series, set in contemporary New York. I have always felt that Disney had to have been influenced at least a little by that version. Much of the film's success was due to the vision of Howard Ashman, who we all know died just before the film's opening. It's a very sad story that is told in detail here as well. 'Beauty and the Beast' is so full of firsts. For me personally as well as for the Disney corporation. For example, it was the first, and only, movie I ever saw 4 times in the theater. It was the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture. It was the first time Disney every got the idea to screen a film at several film festivals. That exposure pretty much led to the nominations. Here is one of the most memorable quotes in the book: "If you were to ask the Academy members which of the five nominees they liked best, 'Beauty and the Beast' would win hands down; but that doesn't mean they'll give it the Oscar.'" Really??? It seems that since the Academy is made up mostly of actors, they would not vote for something that might threaten their livelihoods - in spite of the fact that actors do the voices all the time! This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read and proof of what I've felt for years: the Oscars are not about what's best - they are all about politics and popularity. Being in the "in" crowd...so silly...so stupid! 'Beauty & the Beast' should have won the Oscar in 1992 - instead, it lost to 'Silence of the Lambs'. The book goes on to talk about 'Beauty and the Beast' on Broadway - another first for the story and the company. There are beautiful pieces of artwork and behind-the-scenes photos that accompany all the information as well. If you are a fan of 'Beauty & the Beast' in any of it's incarnations, this book is a must read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Solomon, Charles Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast, 216 pages. Disney, 2017, 2010. $50. Solomon updates his in-depth book about Beauty and the Beast with 30 new pages about the live action movie. Unlike the Cinderella book that came out a couple of years ago which provided a wealth of information about the live action film, this one adds the new movie to the original edition and it feels like an after-thought. While I appreciate those 30 pages, I would have rather h Solomon, Charles Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast, 216 pages. Disney, 2017, 2010. $50. Solomon updates his in-depth book about Beauty and the Beast with 30 new pages about the live action movie. Unlike the Cinderella book that came out a couple of years ago which provided a wealth of information about the live action film, this one adds the new movie to the original edition and it feels like an after-thought. While I appreciate those 30 pages, I would have rather had a new book just about the movie instead. It is still a beautiful book with lots of detailed information about the story. But if you already own the book from 2010, don’t run out and buy this one. MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got this book. I thought it was odd that an 'Art and Making of' book was released so early from the film itself. This was more of a general making of book than it was an actual technical making of the film- which is fine, but not what I was expecting. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got this book. I thought it was odd that an 'Art and Making of' book was released so early from the film itself. This was more of a general making of book than it was an actual technical making of the film- which is fine, but not what I was expecting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie Gish

    This is my favorite Disney movie. I have watched the Behind-the-scenes features for "Beauty and the Beast" countless times as a child, and I STILL found so many things I didn't know by reading this book. The chapters are quick, but they're chalked full of wonderful little tid-bits on the people behind the movie, the technology used, and the changes made even after the release of the film. It covers everything; storyboards, animating, composing, the broadway musical, and the live action. Whether This is my favorite Disney movie. I have watched the Behind-the-scenes features for "Beauty and the Beast" countless times as a child, and I STILL found so many things I didn't know by reading this book. The chapters are quick, but they're chalked full of wonderful little tid-bits on the people behind the movie, the technology used, and the changes made even after the release of the film. It covers everything; storyboards, animating, composing, the broadway musical, and the live action. Whether you're a fan of the live action film or not (or you have a love hate relationship with it like I do) reading the creators' ideals to remake it with the best intentions is heartwarming. The entire book is littered with gorgeous illustrations of storyboards, backgrounds, artists, and frames from the film. And of course, Howard Ashman gets the credit he deserves.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kasey

    Being a collector of everything Beauty and the Beast this book was a must have for me. I learned so much about the challenges the creators made to create my favorite movie of all time. I did cry during this book when they discussed the death of Howard Ashman because he never was able to see the impact this lyrics made on my generation and all the ones to follow. The art in this book is amazing and being able to see the concept art and how the character developed over time help me to appreciate t Being a collector of everything Beauty and the Beast this book was a must have for me. I learned so much about the challenges the creators made to create my favorite movie of all time. I did cry during this book when they discussed the death of Howard Ashman because he never was able to see the impact this lyrics made on my generation and all the ones to follow. The art in this book is amazing and being able to see the concept art and how the character developed over time help me to appreciate the beloved ones I fell in love with. This books is a must BUY for any Beauty and the Beast fan. You will want to enjoy this book over and over again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mili Fay

    I have not read such a well thought out account in a Disney Art of Book since "Hercules: Chaos of Creation". Reading this book, I felt I was there with the artists (and other creators) as they worked on "Beauty and the Beast". I couldn't put it down and have read the book in two evenings. I only wish this book had more art. I would have loved to see more developmental sketches of the characters, more of the different styles considered before the artists settled on the final look--more of that art I have not read such a well thought out account in a Disney Art of Book since "Hercules: Chaos of Creation". Reading this book, I felt I was there with the artists (and other creators) as they worked on "Beauty and the Beast". I couldn't put it down and have read the book in two evenings. I only wish this book had more art. I would have loved to see more developmental sketches of the characters, more of the different styles considered before the artists settled on the final look--more of that art that we, the audience, do not get to see. Mr. Solomon... Your writing style is superior and I do hope you'll continue writing about other Disney Classics in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    As an avid B&B fan, this book was fantastic! From the adaptation of the story, to how they created Beast's look, to the beginning of computer animation in a hand-drawn world, to how they adapted it for Broadway, this book has the whole behind-the-scenes story of the making of the movie. My only issue was keeping track of the myriad people involved - they would be mentioned by full name and job title once, and forever after only be referred to by their first name and I had a hard time remembering As an avid B&B fan, this book was fantastic! From the adaptation of the story, to how they created Beast's look, to the beginning of computer animation in a hand-drawn world, to how they adapted it for Broadway, this book has the whole behind-the-scenes story of the making of the movie. My only issue was keeping track of the myriad people involved - they would be mentioned by full name and job title once, and forever after only be referred to by their first name and I had a hard time remembering who was who. But this is a must-read for anyone who loves this movie!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    "Beauty and the Beast" being my favorite movie, I HAD to have this the minute it came out. I was not disappointed. It was fascinating to read how one of the most beloved Disney movies came to be, and all the processes and hoops they had to just through to get such a fantastic picture. A must read for Disney fans! "Beauty and the Beast" being my favorite movie, I HAD to have this the minute it came out. I was not disappointed. It was fascinating to read how one of the most beloved Disney movies came to be, and all the processes and hoops they had to just through to get such a fantastic picture. A must read for Disney fans!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    No surprise I looooved this book! It was interesting to go behind the scenes and see how the animated film came to life, and all the work that was done to make it as successful/memorable as it is to this day. I also loved the added chapter where we get to see how they are translating the animated film into a live action one.. and I cannot wait for March 16th!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carson

    This book taught me a lot about the making of Beauty and the Beast, which is saying something because I had already watched every bonus feature on my diamond edition DVD. Beautiful and Insightful

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    A well deserved "Art of Book" for a phenomenal film. A well deserved "Art of Book" for a phenomenal film.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Isis

    Maybe I'm a bit biased because I got my copy of this book today during a special Beauty and the Beast panel and Q&A, but I found it to be beautifully put together. 'Tale As Old as Time' covers all of the Disney incarnations of Beauty and the Beast from the animation to the Broadway show to the rerelease of the animation (with 'Human Again' added back to the film) and finally the newly-released live action. The book covers everything a fan could possibly want to know while also telling a flowing Maybe I'm a bit biased because I got my copy of this book today during a special Beauty and the Beast panel and Q&A, but I found it to be beautifully put together. 'Tale As Old as Time' covers all of the Disney incarnations of Beauty and the Beast from the animation to the Broadway show to the rerelease of the animation (with 'Human Again' added back to the film) and finally the newly-released live action. The book covers everything a fan could possibly want to know while also telling a flowing story of the difficulties that are a natural part of every creative endeavor, be it animated, live action, and/or on stage. I cannot recommend it enough for the Beauty and the Beast fan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    Tale As Old As Time is a behind the scenes look into the animation process of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast.The animator's anecdotes, preliminary paintings, gorgeous artwork, and breathtaking music merge into one volume to tell the history of the transformation of an 18th Century fairytale. This visually and descriptively captivating book served as an excellent source material for my Children's Literature Honors course. With this book, I was able to write a Marxist Criticism of Tale As Old As Time is a behind the scenes look into the animation process of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast.The animator's anecdotes, preliminary paintings, gorgeous artwork, and breathtaking music merge into one volume to tell the history of the transformation of an 18th Century fairytale. This visually and descriptively captivating book served as an excellent source material for my Children's Literature Honors course. With this book, I was able to write a Marxist Criticism of the film.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ali Hirschy Rambo

    This was just wonderful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a gorgeous tome that details the process of the making of a Disney classic. I had initially thought it was just an art book, but I found the commentary absorbing, and very informative. I'm very enamored with the cover and the quality of the images in the book, and I found myself crying after reading the segment about Howard Ashman, and the dedication. The new segments about the live action movie are very nice. I would have liked a segment that had more to say about the voice actors, but This is a gorgeous tome that details the process of the making of a Disney classic. I had initially thought it was just an art book, but I found the commentary absorbing, and very informative. I'm very enamored with the cover and the quality of the images in the book, and I found myself crying after reading the segment about Howard Ashman, and the dedication. The new segments about the live action movie are very nice. I would have liked a segment that had more to say about the voice actors, but otherwise this is a perfect addition to my library. I highly recommend this lovely book for the Disney fan, film fan, or just the young artist eager to learn more about animation.

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