In 1991, Beauty and the Beast enchanted its way into movie theatres. The animated fairy tale, about a young woman who falls in love with a monstrous beast, was a huge hit at the box office, picked up a bunch of accolades (including two Academy Awards), and led to a series of movies.

But how many Disney Beauty and the Beast movies are there?

More than you think.

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The Beauty and the Beast films in order

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To date, there are four Disney Beauty and the Beast movies. The Beauty and the Beast movies – which were produced between 1991 and 2017 – include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World (1998)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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Are all of the Beauty and the Beast movies part of the same series?

Beauty and the Beast ’91, The Enchanted Christmas, and Belle’s Magical World are all animated tales that are part of the same series. The Enchanted Christmas and Belle’s Magical World tell side stories which take place during the timeline of Beauty and the Beast ’91.

Beauty and the Beast 2017 is a live-action remake of the original film. The movie follows more or less the same story as Beauty and the Beast ’91, only in live-action instead of animation.

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Who are the cast of the Beauty and the Beast films?

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The cast of the Beauty and the Beast films varies across the four movies. Notable actors in the Beauty and the Beast series include Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Reubens, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Frank Welker, Kath Soucie, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

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Is the Beauty and the Beast series the work of the same director?

The Beauty and the Beast films are the work of multiple directors. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed Beauty and the Beast ‘91, while Andy Knight directed The Enchanted Christmas, and Bill Condon directed Beauty and the Beast 2017. Belle’s Magical World was directed by *takes deep breath* Bob Kline, Cullen Blaine, Dale Case, Daniel de la Vega, Barbara Dourmaskin-Case, Rick Leon, Burt Medall and Mitch Rochon.

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What is the best Beauty and the Beast film?

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Beauty and the Beast ‘91 is generally considered to be one of the best animated films of all-time and is the strongest entry in the series; however, Beauty and the Beast 2017 is regarded as a good live-action update.

Although The Enchanted Christmas and Belle’s Magical World are not so widely remembered, they do have a following amongst fans of the series – especially The Enchanted Christmas.

According to IMDb the Beauty and the Beast films are ranked as follows:

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991) – 8.0/10
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) – 7.1/10
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) – 6.1/10
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World (1998) – 5.4/10
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