Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ornament Review: Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary - 2016 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Looks great, wonderful song clip
Cons: Would be even better if it lit up
The Bottom Line:
Gives reason for ornament
Fans will truly love

Celebrate 25 Years of the Tale as Old as Time with this Timeless Ornament

It’s hard for me to believe that Beauty and the Beast is celebrating 25 years this year.  (I was in high school when it came out, and I just can’t be that old!)  Never one to miss a good anniversary, Hallmark released an ornament to commemorate the film’s silver anniversary this year, and any fan of the movie will want it.

The ornament doesn’t depict any particular scene from the film, but it perfectly captures the movie.  The main feature is the figure of Belle and Beast dancing like they do in the famous ballroom scene.  Yes, they are even all dressed up in the yellow dress and blue suit.

Now I know what you’re thinking – so far, this sounds like a scene from the movie.  And you’re right.  However, it’s the rest of the ornament that I’m talking about.  See, Belle and Beast are standing on a stone ledge in front of a stained glass window.  On the window, we can see the rose and Belle dancing with the transformed prince.

Even better, this is one of the many ornaments Hallmark has been releasing recently with songs from Disney animated movies.  Not surprising, we have a clip of Angela Lansbury singing “Beauty and the Beast.”  The clip lasts for about 40 seconds, and we get the first verse of the song.  To play the sound clip, you need to install two button batteries, and your first set is included for you.

The ornament is very cool as it is, and I am thrilled with it.  But let’s talk about what would make it cooler.  I wish you could light up the stained glass window.  Either an internal light that comes on when the song plays or a way to use Christmas tree lights to light it up would be so cool.  Unfortunately, the back of the ornament is thin with no way to shine a light through there.  On the other hand, the very back of the ornament does have a couple lines from the song on it.

Between the workings for the sound clip and the design of the ornament, we have a nice flat base.  You can set this out to display anywhere at any time.  In fact, I currently have mine out in my cubicle.

The loop for hanging the ornament is on the very top of the window – no real surprise there.  Slip a hook through it and you’ll find that it hangs straight.

It is so great to see such a wonderful movie get such a wonderful ornament to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Don’t hesitate to add this ornament to your collection.

Original Price: $24.95

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