B&B is an excellent movie for several reasons--story, music and characters. Let's look at each. The Songs are consistently strong with Belle, Gaston, Be Our Guest, and Something There offering fast-paced catchy tunes--Gaston being quite humorous--as well as the lovely title song Beauty and the Beast. The Mob Song is probably the weakest song, but it still captures the mood of a dark and dangerous chaos. The story flows nicely and builds to an exciting climax during the fight between Gaston and the Beast. Belle is a strong female character, Gaston is an appropriate villain, just scary enough to hint at evil but vain enough to show us that he will fail when confronted with good. The Beast does a good job of showing children the problems of acting on impulse and wanting everything immediately. One must delay gratification and work for what you want. The secondary characters are great additions and carry the story forward with the subplots--the banter between the clock and the candlestick parallels the battle of personality between Belle and the Beast. The only weak character in the story is Belle's father--a one dimensional man--, who is only used as a vehicle for getting Belle to the castle and then getting her out of the castle again. It is nice to see that in this classic battle between good and evil the good side, Beast, is not completely good and must work hard to overcome the bad side within himself. There is also the battle of brains vs. brawn with Belle loving books while Gaston loves killing animals. Finally, how can one not love a movie where Love wins out, especially a love that is based on the inner and not the exterior aspects of the character. This is on of the 10 must own Disney films.