Oscar winning actors, composers, and onetime CalArts animators are joining forces onstage for a 25th anniversary celebration of “Beauty and the Beast” on Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and three-time Oscar nominee and Honorary Academy Award recipient Angela Lansbury will join voice actors Paige O’Hara, Richard White and Robby Benson, supervising animators Andreas Deja, Mark Henn and Glen Keane, key story artist Brenda Chapman, Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn, and director Gary Trousdale onstage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Trousdale and co-director Kirk Wise studied animation at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in the early 1980s.
Part of the Academy’s Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, the event will include a screening of the 1991 film from a pristine 70mm original theatrical release print from the Academy Film Archive.
There will also be an onstage discussion about the film’s lasting impact and its place in motion picture history as the first animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture.
The film won two Oscars, for its original score by Menken and the original song “Beauty And The Beast,” music by Menken and lyric by Howard Ashman. It also received two additional nominations in the Original Song category for “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as a nomination for Sound.
Tickets for the “25th Anniversary Screening of Beauty and the Beast: A Marc Davis Celebration of Animation” are $5 for general admission and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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