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Beauty and the Beast Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Large Format Debut

Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning animated classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the January 1, 2002 release of a new Large Format Cinema Special Edition. Following the success of FANTASIA 2000, which was the first Disney film to be released in large format and grossed over $51 million, this special edition includes the newly animated six-minute musical sequence "Human Again," featuring the song written for the original film by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The film will open on New Year's Day in 100 IMAX and other large format theaters around the world. Working from the film's original digitally stored files (archived on 9,000 CD-ROMs), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been meticulously and painstakingly reformatted one frame at a time to take full advantage of the giant screen. The film's original tracks have been remixed for this special edition and improved film stocks have been used to make this animated favorite look better (as well as bigger) than ever. The original filmmakers, producer Don Hahn and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, oversaw the new animated sequence and the reformatting of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: The Large Format Cinema Special Edition. Later this month, look for Animation World Magazines article that goes behind the scenes of the large format release of the film.

Revisit Laura Schiff's description of the sequences, actors and artistic talent behind FANTASIA 2000.