Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love
Disney Dreams Collection VI
by Thomas Kinkade


Kinkade Beauty and the Beast

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Key Points

1. Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love, is the sixth image in the Disney Dreams Collection.

2. As with the other images in the Disney Dreams Collection, Thom created a narrative panorama with Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love to encompass the entire movie in one dramatic scene.

3. Characters from many of the past Disney Dreams Collection images are hidden in this latest creation. Can you find the hidden characters?

4. Thom has also hidden 7 hearts in the image and encourages you to find them!

5. Thom used his creativity to dream up a flying machine that he imagined as being an invention of Belle’s father Maurice.

6. Thom spent over 600 hours in the studio to create the work of art we know as Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love.

7. Beauty and the Beast is considered one of Disney's greatest animated films and is the thirtieth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

8. Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

9. The Beauty and the Beast animated film was created with a blend of both traditional and computer animation.

"Of all the Disney love stories, Beauty and the Beast is perhaps the most poignant. Beast’s true identity is a charming prince who is discovering love in the form of the beautiful Belle. In my painting, I memorialize that magic moment when they first begin to discover their love for each other. Many of the characters from the movie are present, including Belle’s father, Maurice - an eccentric inventor who soars overhead in his homemade flying machine. In the distance, we see the village that is a central setting for many of the film’s most important moments. At lower left, we see the evil Gaston leading his parade of angry townspeople in search of the Beast. As in the movie, the wonderful characters of Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and of course, Lumiere, feature prominently in the foreground.

As with every piece in my Disney Dreams Collection, I attempted to portray a panorama of the entire movie, rather than an individual scene. My desire is that the viewer’s eye would wander around the painting making discoveries in every corner of the image. A tradition in my Disney Dreams Collection is hiding characters from earlier paintings in the current piece and Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love is no exception. See if you can find Snow White, Tinker Bell, the mice from Cinderella, Pinocchio, and if you look carefully you’ll even see Bambi cautiously creeping around the corner of some foliage in the distance below the Castle. Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love represents, in my mind, my highest accomplishment so far in the Disney Dreams Collection. It is filled with detail…all encompassing over 600 hours of studio time.

The crowning achievement and the central discovery in the image is the sweeping sense of romance that is at the core of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Here truly is unconditional love in its purest form. I hope you sense that love every time you look upon Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love."

-Thomas Kinkade

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