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Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the third film of the Disney Renaissance period, the film is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. The film's animation screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton with story written by Roger Allers, Brenda Chapman, Chris Sanders, Burny Mattinson, Kevin Harkey, Brian Pimental, Bruce Woodside, Joe Ranft, Tom Ellery, Kelly Ashbury, and Robert Lence, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and produced by Don Hahn. The music of the film was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The film was dedicated to Howard Ashman. The film was released on November 22, 1991. Beauty and the Beast was also nominated for several awards and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the song "Beauty and the Beast". Famously, Beauty and the Beast was the first ever animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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  • In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."