Our weekly Friday night movie was kind of a change of pace this week (I'll say, as last week we watched THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE): Jean Cocteau's magical 1946 fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I was a little worried, wondering if the kids would sit still for it. They've seen many silent films, so I knew the sub-titles wouldn't be a problem. And I knew that they knew the basic story, from watching the Disney version. I guess I just was fearful that the wouldn't love it as much as I do. Well, I needn't have feared. Rapt attention all the way through. And they shared my (and everybody's) disappointment at the ending, when Belle gets stuck with Pretty Boy rather than the magnificent beast. We began the festivities by watching another famous tale, both the 1931 and 1939 Silly Symphony versions of UGLY DUCKLING. Besides the former being in B&W and the latter being in color, they have different plots, too, surprisingly. Turned out to be a great evening.