I don’t think I’ll EVER stop being blown away by the brilliant subtleties of Disney animation… Look at this….
we start from a slight angle, just behind Belle’s head, with both characters making eye contact with each other. Belle moves in, putting a hand on The Prince’s back to pull him closer, while also directing his head motion with the other hand. They rotate in space while all this happens, so we get a nice profile view of the actual kiss. A beat after she pulls him in, he cups that back of her head gently —a cute contrast to fact that she has smushed his cheeks— and shifts her position, mid-kiss. It’s quick, and classy and happy, and when they shift away, slowly, maintaining eye contact, Belle drops down (because the animator realized she would have to be on tiptoe for this shot —brilliant brilliant) and the we rotate again to just behind The Prince’s head… And you never notice that this shot has actually shifted 180 degrees. It’s subtle, joyful and so well executed that you never think to remark on any of it.
Seriously, Disney. I don’t even.
Is anyone dressing up as a Beauty and the Beast character for Halloween?