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Beauty and the Beast
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 14, 1934
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Jack King
Film Editor:
Voiced By:
Music: Norman Spencer
Preceded By: Buddy's Garage
Succeeded By: Buddy's Adventures

Beauty and the Beast is a 1934 animated short film, directed by Isadore Freleng for Leon Schlesinger Productions as part of Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies series. released on April 14, 1934, the short is notably the second Merrie Melodie in Color. It was the second WB cartoon to be released in Cinecolor.

Plot summary

A little girl is eating too many snacks when she doesn't realize that it is her bedtime. Then the Sandman comes out of nowhere and, sure enough, the girl falls asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she has a dream that she is in Toyland, where she encounters all kinds of fairy tale characters. They sing her a welcome song and then meet a friendly toy soldier for the first time while marching in a Toyland parade. Just then, they open a book called "Beauty and the Beast" and sing the title song from out of the pages, but as soon as they are about to get to the next page, a horrible, monstrous beast is about to take her captive. Sure enough, it's an all-out brawl between the girl and the beast. Even a toy airplane can't soothe the savage beast. When she realizes that it's all a bad dream, she gets scared and jumps back into bed, but when she covers herself with the blanket, the flap of her pajamas hangs out when she goes back to sleep.


  • Some older syndicated prints of this cartoon shorten the part where Humpty Dumpty topples off the wall and shatters into a half-dozen dancing or skating wooden ducks for time and pacing reasons.



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