We’re back with another Disney+ battle. This week seems like an unbalanced battle. We’re comparing one of the most iconic films from the Disney Renaissance and one of the lesser-known films from Disney’s experimental era of animation. Let’s see who wins between “Beauty and the Beast” and “Home on the Range”.
The main characters of “Beauty and the Beast” are Belle, la belle; and Beast, the Beast. She is an avid reader whose father is imprisoned by the Beast. She switches places and teaches the Beast a lot about life while learning who the Beast was and who it can become again. Meanwhile, the Beast is a prince who has been cursed to be selfish but through Belle he learns to love and be loved. In contrast, the main character of “Home on the Range” is Maggie, a cow trying to save her new home from being sold by its owner. In the end, she and the other cows help stop a bounty hunter from snatching the property away from them. Beauty and the Beast are better. Point to “Beauty and the Beast”.
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The villain of “Beauty and the Beast” is Gaston. He is the embodiment of toxic masculinity. He’s a hunter who always gets the best. He decides that Belle is the best in town and he is going to marry her although she rejects his advances. He even plans a wedding for her despite the fact that she clearly turned him down for a date. Eventually, he leads a crowd to “Kill the Beast”, because the Beast has Belle and he only cares about looking good, not about her happiness. The villain of “Home on the Range” is Alameda Slim, a cattle rustler who wants to take over all the land in the area. Both are evil, but Gaston seems to be a special evil. Point to “Beauty and the Beast”.
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3. SECONDARY CHARACTERS
“Beauty and the Beast” has some of the most memorable supporting characters from the Disney Renaissance. Lumiere, Cogsworth, Le Fou, Maurice, Mrs. Potts, Chip and I could go on and on. They steal many of the scenes they are in and come into battle in force by the end of the film. In “Home on the Range”, the other cows; Mrs. Calloway and Grace; Buck, the horse; and Rico the bounty hunter are all solid characters, but they don’t compare to “Beauty and the Beast.”
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It’s a battle between Alan Menken and Alan Menken. He worked on the music for these two films. Menken teamed up with Howard Ashman to write and compose the songs for “Beauty and the Beast” and it’s full of memorable songs. “Beauty and the Beast”, “Belle”, “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston” and “The Mob Song” are still recognizable to this day. Meanwhile, the music to “Home on the Range” is very meh. Menken is good, but Menken with Ashman is better. Point to “Beauty and the Beast”.
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5. MEMORABLE MOMENTS
Although this is the most subjective category, it’s going to be tough for “Home on the Range” to compete. “Beauty and the Beast” has the cursed beast, Belle’s walk through town, Maurice imprisoned, Gaston’s song in the pub, “Be Our Guest”, the couple falling in love, the crowd, the final battle and the beast becoming human again. It’s just memorable. “Home on the Range” has the yodeling song and Maggie doesn’t recognize it due to her deafness, but “Beauty and the Beast” wins that category.
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“Beauty and the Beast” sweeps this one up and it’s hardly surprising from a distance. There’s a reason it’s beloved and in so many people’s top five Disney movies. I’m sure “Home on the Range” has its fans, but I didn’t expect it to be a competition. Still, I’ll throw it at you, which movie do you think is the best?