Sometimes it’s the reminders of childhood that bring the most comfort.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was my first favorite movie. After years of waiting, I finally have it. It’s a bit of a funny story. We bought the original VHS when it came out. (Thankfully, my high schoolers still know what a VHS is. Some of them even still have some. But I know the day is coming when they won’t.) I watched it over and over. Fortunately, not to the point of breaking or overly warping the tape inside that I remember.

Because we had it on VHS, I never really thought about buying it when it came out on DVD. After all, I had the movie. I could sing about wanting more than this provincial life any time I wanted.

Then I grew up and moved out. We moved into the world of DVD’s completely, so I’ve never owned a VHS player of my own as an adult. And since Disney movies have a habit of going in and out of the vault, I realized that I didn’t have my own copy of Beauty and the Beast about seven years ago. Right after it vanished off shelves. I was far more disappointed than I probably should have been, but I really wanted it and had lost my chance.

Now, it’s finally out again, and celebrating its 25th anniversary. And I have it.



What better way to watch Beauty and the Beast than enjoying tea with Chip?


What better way to relax during the evening than with my first favorite movie and a cup of tea?

What was your first favorite movie?


4 responses to “Sometimes…

  • Anthony Lee Collins

    I don’t think I had a first favorite movie, probably because when I was young movies were a one-time thing. You saw it, it left the theater, and you never saw it again, except perhaps on television.

    It’s a different relationship with a work of art, when it’s not available on demand.

    • S.B. Roberts

      That does make for a different relationship. It’s more like visiting a museum… though there’s not necessarily hope that you’ll ever see the same museum again.

      Of course, that my parents and grandparents might have found that preferable since I was notorious for watching to watch the same movie over and over again. Everyone in the house knew all of the songs from Beauty and the Beast by heart. :)

  • C.B. Wentworth

    I love that movie!!! :-)

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was my first favorite. My sister and I watched it almost every day for a while there! :-)

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