Serene Sunday: Beauty and the Beast

One of my favorite animated films is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast released in 1991.  Twenty-six years later, Disney decided to release a live action version.  Naturally I wonder why they would want to do that when they had already achieved perfection?  Still my curiosity is piqued, so I will go see it.  I’ll tell you what I think.

In the meantime, you can compare the two versions of the title song.  Here is the official 1991 video with Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion.

Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson – Beauty And The Beast (HQ Official Music Video)

Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson’s version of Beauty And The Beast is simply just magical! In honor of the new Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD coming out next year, here is a High Quality Version of the Music Video. I edit the Audio to the studio version.

Ariana Grande and John Legend perform the new 2017 release.  It is more lushly produced.  What do you think?

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12 thoughts on “Serene Sunday: Beauty and the Beast

  1. Though I like both John and Ariana, this version doesn’t come nowhere near to Celine and Peabo’s. It’s hollow, IMHO.

  2. I saw it yesterday. Absolutely loved it. Found it beautiful, magical and it captured my heart. Brought a small tear to my eye. I am not a fan of Celine Dion – she sings How Does a Moment Last Forever during the credits and to me it sounds auto tuned. But that’s just me. The rest of the music was brilliant. Luke Evans in particular has a fantastic voice … but then he is Welsh so he should!

    The cinema was full of little girls wearing princess dresses. I left mine at home 😉

      • I haven’t seen the animated version for over 20 years so hard to compare. I was moved by this and so in love with the music that I downloaded it when I got home. And I would love to see it again. Have no great desire to watch the original.

  3. I think I prefer the older one, but both John Legend and Ariana Grande are very talented. They give it a more modern take, rather than more traditional. They both sing in a higher register than Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, so that does make it sound less rounded. But a good version, nonetheless. I’m planning on seeing it on Tuesday.

    • This was the first time I’d seen Ariana Grande. Although John Legend was was really performing, I felt Ariana was like a singing mannequin. The first version seemed more soulful. Boy, I sound really hard. LOL! Let me know what you think. 🙂

  4. I think the B & B song was my first inkling of Celine Dion way back then. She and Peabo Bryson were well matched vocally. Though the new B&B song version is nice in its own way, that earlier version seems a bit more sweetly passionate to me–but then, I’ve heard it dozens of times. 😉

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