Plans to release Beauty and the Beast on VHS date back to August 1992 (two months after it came out in theaters on November 22, 1991), and the video was released on October 30, 1992 at a price of $24.99. In its first 12 hours of availability, the video sold an unprecedented rate of 10 times more copies than Fantasia did. In its first two days, during the end of October 30, 1992, sales were three times larger than Disney's next best-selling title, 101 Dalmatians. At a total of 20 million copies sold, Beauty and the Beast eventually became the best-selling cassette of 1992 and broke the record for the best-selling cassette of the year. Along with all of the 1992 titles, Beauty and the Beast was also sent back to the Disney Vault in April 30, 1993.

The laserdisc version marks Beauty and the Beast as the first Disney animated feature to be presented in letterbox widescreen format, and also includes the documentary "Be Our Guest: The Making of Beauty and the Beast", which first aired on the Disney Channel on the same day when the film itself was released in theaters, and again on April 17, 1993, when the Disney Channel celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

A modern movie masterpiece. Disney's Beaut and the Beast waltzed away with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture -- the first ever for an animated film. Along with winning the prestigious Best Picture Golden Globe Award, it now ranks among history's most highly acclaimed cinematic achievements. When the film's beautiful book-loving heroine, Belle, sings the first of an unprecedented three Oscar-nominated songs you too will fall instantly under its spell. However, it is the spell of an enchantress that opens this classic fairy tale, turning a cruel price into a hideous beast. His stubborn pride compels him to remain in his bewitched castle-inhabited my Lumiere the love struck candelabra. Cogsworth the pompous clock, the kindly Mrs. Potts and an inquisitive little teacup named Chip. To break the spell, the Beast must win Belle's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. With a colorful cast of endearing Disney characters, Beauty and the Beast will enthrall both young and old, forever reminding us that true beauty comes from within.

VHS Supplements[edit | edit source]

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens June 19, 1992
2 Sneak preview #3 for Aladdin October 30, 1992
3 Trailer for the 1993 re-release of Sleeping Beauty October 30, 1992
4 Video preview for Pinocchio October 30, 1992
5 Feature Presentation June 19, 1992
6 Walt Disney Classics logo September 28, 1989
7 Beauty and the Beast November 22, 1991
8 Video preview for 101 Dalmatians October 30, 1992

On some earlier copies, the video preview for Pinocchio is seen after the film and before the preview for 101 Dalmatians.

The middle copies do not have the preview for Pinocchio, either at the beginning, or at the end.

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Theatrical Release[edit | edit source]

  1. The Jungle Book (1991 VHS) (May 3, 1991)

1992 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. 101 Dalmatians (1992 VHS) (July 17, 1992)
  2. The Great Mouse Detective (1992 VHS) (August 21, 1992)
  3. The Rescuers (1992 VHS) (September 18, 1992)
  4. So Dear to My Heart (1992 VHS) (September 18, 1992)

1993 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Pinocchio (1993 VHS)

1994 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1994 VHS)
  2. All 9 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection titles from 1994-1996
  3. Dumbo (1994 VHS)
  4. The Three Caballeros (1994 VHS)
  5. So Dear to My Heart (1994 VHS)
  6. Alice in Wonderland (1994 VHS)
  7. The Sword in the Stone (1994 VHS)
  8. Mary Poppins (1994 VHS)
  9. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1994 VHS)
  10. Robin Hood (1994 VHS)
  11. Pete's Dragon (1994 VHS)
  12. All 15 Walt Disney Family Film Collection titles
  13. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1994 VHS)
  14. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1994 VHS)
  15. Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1994 VHS)
  16. Old Yeller (1994 VHS)
  17. The Shaggy Dog (1994 VHS)
  18. Pollyanna (1994 VHS)
  19. Swiss Family Robinson (1994 VHS)
  20. The Parent Trap (1994 VHS)
  21. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1994 VHS)
  22. That Darn Cat! (1994 VHS)
  23. The Love Bug (1994 VHS)
  24. Herbie Rides Again (1994 VHS)
  25. The Island at the Top of the World (1994 VHS)
  26. Escape to Witch Mountain (1994 VHS)
  27. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1994 VHS)

1996-1997 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Toy Story (1996 VHS)
  2. D3: The Mighty Ducks (1997 VHS)

1998 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Hercules (1998 VHS)
  2. Belle's Magical World (1998 VHS)
  3. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1998 VHS)
  4. Oliver Twist (1998 VHS)

1998[edit | edit source]

  1. Toothless (1998 VHS)
  2. Angels in the Endzone (1998 VHS)
  3. The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (1998 VHS)
  4. Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998 VHS)

1999[edit | edit source]

  1. The Rescuers (1999 VHS)

2000 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Toy Story 2 (2000 VHS)
  2. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (2000 VHS)

In Other Countries[edit | edit source]

Country of origin Release date
UK September 1993
Australia September 10, 1993
Japan September 17, 1993
South Korea September 22, 1993
USA (Spanish dub) June 22, 1994

Television broadcasts[edit | edit source]

Beauty and the Beast premiered on the Disney Channel on May 15, 1994. It aired several more times through July 16.

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