Around 25 years ago — officially so on November 22 — the Disney film Beauty and the Beast was released to audiences worldwide. The movie, which tells the tale of a girl named Belle and a beast she falls in love with, and also some silverware that talks, was immensely popular and a huge touchstone during the Disney animated renaissance of the 1990s. It was the first animated film to get a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and it took home two Oscars including Best Song, which went to the title song “Beauty and the Beast.” Recently, at a screening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, the crowd was gifted with the surprise experience of hearing that Oscar-winning song from none other than Angela Lansbury herself.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney joined forces for a special screening of the film on Sunday. Several cast members, including the voices of Belle, Beast, and Gaston, were all there alongside Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts, a sentient teapot. The 90-year-old actress, who has five Tonys and an honorary Oscar, decided to use the moment to sing “Beauty and the Beast.”
Obviously, for people at a screening of Beauty and the Beast, seeing Lansbury sing this song was probably an amazing experience. Disney is currently working on a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, but it will not feature Angela Lansbury as a singing teapot, so clearly it will always feel like it’s missing something.