Disney: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
(1997) is a Direct-to-Video midquel
to the Disney Animated Canon
hit Beauty and the Beast
. This film takes place around the Christmas season in the middle of the events of the first film. The animation is actually quite high quality for a DTV movie.
Here, a few new characters are introduced, such as the villain, Forte, who is an organ, and his music has been the only thing keeping the Beast happy, or at least not as sad, since the curse, distracting him from his misery. Forte therefore actually wants to remain under the curse, as he didn't really have any significance in the castle before then.
Belle arriving, naturally, is a threat to his plans, and he uses his lackey, Fife, to try to break Belle and the Beast apart. In the meantime, Belle wants to make plans for Christmas, even though the Beast is against it, since that is the day the enchantress cursed him and the castle.
The film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe, Beast clearly isn't happy about having to kill Forte, though it was a necessary act. He clearly considers Forte to have once been a good friend. Forte's death scene ends with Beast standing before the collapsed organ pipes, uttering a forlorn "Forte...".
- Ambiguously Gay: Fife. Forte too.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Axe, also known as Mister Feurerwerker; he says things like "Oy, gevalt!" and "And a Happy Chanukah!"
- Anti-Love Song: "Don't Fall in Love".
- Artistic License – Physics: When Belle emerges from the frozen lake, she is then dragged under by the tree she chopped down. This should not be happening since wood weighs the same as witches and therefore floats.
- Art Shift: The animation during the "Stories" musical number is drawn as if it was from the 16th/17th century.
- Big Bad Friend: Forte.
- Christmas Episode / Christmas Special
- Conspicuous CGI: Forte is the only CGI character in the entire film. It shows. However, this was deliberate.
- Cursed with Awesome: Forte, whose transformation as an organ gives him a strength he could only dream to possess as a human, and made him Beast's closest confidant...
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Angelique.
- Demoted to Extra: The feather duster has one line during the "As Long As There's Christmas" number but other than that, she has no importance. Though she does get more attention in the much-maligned Belle's Magical World.
- Detail-Hogging Cover: The reduced budget really shows against the pretty covers for the videos.
- Easily Forgiven: Fife. Though since we saw very little of him after Christmas he probably wasn't so easily forgiven after all.
- Evil Is Hammy: Forte. Due to being played by Tim Curry, this trope comes with the territory.
- Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place over the course of one day.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Beast lifts up and smashes Forte's keyboard causing him to topple over and die.
- Foreshadowing: Forte's first line in the movie, in response to Fife's applauding his music:
Forte: Oh, it's just a little opera... (hits a few keys, the room shakes and dust falls from the ceiling) ...to bring the house down.
- Funny Background Event: There's one scene where Beast instructs Forte to "play Belle's song", in which he proceeds to play "Deck the Halls" with the least amount of enthusiasm possible (which is pretty funny in itself, given he is a very [ and wickedly so ;-)] Large Ham !) After a few measures, Beast makes him sing, followed by an even more dismal rendition of the song. While Beast and Mrs. Potts converse, you can hear Forte starting to ham it up a bit ending with a low note just before Beast yells "ENOUGH!".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The real Christmas miracle in the movie is how they got away with an organ telling the Beast, "If you're turned on, then just turn off!" as part of his Villain Song.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Belle's holiday dress has one, although it's larger in The Merch with her dress than it was in the movie (and gold instead of red).
- Hammerspace: Well, how else would you describe the prince hiding two presents in his coat without them bulging visibly?
- Happily Married: At the end of the movie, we see that Belle and the Prince are. Given the change in her figure, it's implied - though not outright stated - that she is pregnant.
- Happy Holidays Dress: Belle's red and golden dress at the ending scene, although it was given more prominence in the covers and promotional materials.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Played straight.
Belle:"I know I can reach him, there has to be a way!"
- Improbable Hairstyle: Angelique has a '20s Bob Haircut, as does her human form. The film takes place roughly in 18th century France.
- Ironic Echo: "You're not singing!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Probably the best example in the Beast's history. He's squarely in the middle of his Character Development, still angry, still depressed, and still struggling with his temper and beastly instincts, but undeniably good and kind deep down.
- Large Ham: Forte. He is voiced by Tim Curry after all.
- Manipulative Bastard: Forte.
- Meaningful Name: Forte's name means "loud" in music terms. As a carryover from the first film, everyone has either this or a Punny Name.
- Mood Whiplash: Again "A Cut Above The Rest". The scene goes from sentimental to...um...
- The Beast goes rather quickly from angry sorrow at having to kill his best friend to "Let's give Belle the best Christmas ever!"
- More Than Mind Control: Forte uses glowing music notes and the Beast's own insecurities and anger to turn against Belle when she leaves to get a Christmas tree. Later, he almost succeeds in convincing the Beast to smash the magical rose, but the sight of Belle's Christmas present snaps him out of it.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Forte has the ability to compose as he plays, as we are treated to various closeups of blank sheet music being transcribed with green ink in real time. Unfortunately, it's very grating for the musically inclined; since we have the advantage to pause on the closeups to read the score, it shows nothing more than random notes, splattered across the pages.
- He can use his mystifying ability to move items, like he would if he had arms, using visible staves (complete with notations) and also to help illustrate his points as seen a few times. Most notably, his Villain Song "Don't fall in love"
- Musical Assassin: Forte is able to partially destroy the castle as well as send Beast flying with his magical music powers.
- Not So Above It All: Angelique when it comes to decorating the castle.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Guess who.
- Painful Transformation: The Prince's transformation into the Beast leaves him screaming in pain.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Belle's gold dress gets a sort-of reprise near the end (since chronologically, that would be the first time she wore it).
- The Power of Christmas
- Precision F-Strike: During Forte's Villain Song: "It's HELL when someone's always there." In a Disney sequel no less; usually they can only get away with that in theatrical films!
- Pretty in Mink: Belle's fur-trimmed skating jacket, and wears a matching skirt when she goes deep in the woods.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
Forte: So, Beast gets girl and it's a happy ending for everyone. Enchantment lifted and Forte fades into the background, no longer important, no longer needed. ...I! THINK! NOT!
- Reading Is Cool Aesop: "Stories"
- Remember the New Guy: The movie introduces several characters that never appeared before and after the events of winter. Forte being the most jarring one because he's etablished as very close to the Beast.
- Shoot the Dog: The Beast kills Forte when he goes completely, irreversibly nuts.
- Smug Snake: Forte. His human form even looks reptilian.
- Sycophantic Servant: Fife.
- Villainous Breakdown: Forte goes nuts, bonkers, mad, loopy and crazy at the climax of the film because he thinks that he's no longer important.
- Villain Song: Forte has "Don't Fall In Love".
- White Mask of Doom: Forte's face is a version of this.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: This wreaks havoc on the original film's already debated timeline.
- Especially with the re-insertion of the "Human Again" song which establishes that the Beast has trouble remembering how to read in early spring but has no trouble reading the book Belle gave him for Christmas.
- Yandere: Forte to Beast.