Disney: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) is a Direct-to-Videomidquel 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...".
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.
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 enthusiasm. 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!".
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.
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.
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.
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.