Beauty and the Beast is certainly adequate holiday entertainment for children and their more indulgent parents... But the film has little of the technical facility, vivid characterization and emotional impact of Disney past.
It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off.
Beauty and the Beast remains one of Disney's very best animated masterpieces. Featuring a timeless story, memorable characters, and beautiful music, it's an unforgettable film that has been admired by millions of fans for the last 25 years.