At 92 years old, Angela Lansbury is nothing short of an acting legend, with a career that has now been running for seven decades — and us nostalgic kids will never forget her turn as Mrs. Potts in #Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The chubby teapot was the loveliest character by far, and any Disney fan would recognize the Dame's voice with their eyes closed.
Back in September 2016, Lansbury attended a special screening of #BeautyAndTheBeast celebrating its 25th anniversary, and graced the guests with a delightful performance. She took the opportunity to share her thoughts with Entertainment Weekly about the new live-action version starring Emma Watson, and to reminisce about the good old days of traditional animation at Disney.
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When asked what she thought of Disney's live-action adaptation of the tale as old as time — which features her friend Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts — Lansbury wasn't really the most convinced person:
"I don't quite know why they're doing it. I can't understand what they're going to do with it that will be better than what we've already done. [...] But they are, and it will be interesting to see what they do with it."
It's true that the 1991 animation, which was the first feature-length animated film to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, is a timeless classic. Far from criticizing Disney's decision to revamp the story, however, Lansbury's comment comes from her clearly unconditional love for the movie.
'This Is The Finest That Disney Ever Made'
The actress only had words of praise for Beauty and the Beast and her memories from recording the voices.
"I think we all had a sense that we were involved with a kind of earth-shaking product that was going to be fairly extraordinary and special. [...] And this is the finest that Disney ever made, I think. So I'm very proud to be part of it."
One of her favorite things about it is the hand-drawn animation, which she regrets not seeing anymore.
"It was all hand drawn. There was nothing mechanical about it. When cartoon drawing became mechanical, it lost its humanity, I think. That's where we will always be years ahead of everything else. And will remain so."
But most importantly, the pride of having impacted so many lives will always stay with her, she said:
"Everybody who was a voice [character] felt a very special responsibility and feeling, as I say, doing something that was going to be remembered. And it has been, and it was, and it will always be — all over the world."
Which is why performances such as her rendition of the Beauty and the Beast song at the Lincoln Center will still bring us to tears, 25 years later. She even admitted that she'd even met kids who recognized her voice on the street!
"It has brought me into the lives of so many young kids, children, babies. They know my voice."
And we always will, Angela!
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[Source: Entertainment Weekly]