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That’s the Thing (Smells like Twin Critics) – Beauty and the Beast (1991)

"Tale as old as time/Tune as old as song/Bittersweet and strange/Finding you can change/Learning you were wrong" Howard Ashman

In the first episode of their 1991 throwback miniseries Smells Like Twin Critics, Alex and Nick take a trip down memory lane as they revisit Walt Disney Pictures’ hugely successful adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Plus, Alex talks about the iconoclastic documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs and Nick pays tribute to one of France’s greatest screenwriters.


A screenshot from the 1991 Walt Disney Animation film "Beauty and the Beast" featuring Belle and the Beast clasping hands together in the grand hall


Intro – 00:00-2:15

Background and Production – 2:15-25:18

Premiere, Legacy, and Retrospective – 25:47-50:10

Picks of the Week – 51:26 – 01:06:25

Outro – 01:06:26 – 01:07:33

Linked Articles and Videos

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes From a Long Line of Stories About Women Hooking Up With Animals, Kelly Faircloth (Jezebel)

The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides, Sophie Gilbert (The Atlantic)

Alan Menken and William “Bill” Lauch Oscar acceptance speech

Films of the Week

Color Adjustment (1992)

The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

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