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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  22 November 1991 (USA)
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Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beast (voice)
Lefou (voice)
Maurice (voice)
Mrs. Potts (voice)
Belle (voice)
Lumiere (voice)
Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)
Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Richard White ...
Gaston (voice)
Wardrobe (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Bimbette (voice)
Stove (voice)
Alvin Epstein ...
Bookseller (voice)
Alec Murphy ...
Baker (voice)


Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced "affections" of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle's father, causes the two to meet. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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The most beautiful love story ever told as it has never been seen before. [IMAX version] See more »


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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£44,797 (UK) (4 January 2002)


$218,967,620 (USA) (4 May 2012)

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(Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.1 Surround Sound) (70 mm prints)| (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)| (special edition)| (special edition)| (special edition)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


During the scene when the servants talk outside of Belle's bedroom door, in the background, the painting " Girl with a Pearl Earring" is visible. See more »


In the song "Gaston" when Gaston sings "when I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs, every morning to help me get large" he grabs the eggs and swallows them whole. Lafou attempts the same to only have them fall on his face. After he says "so I'm roughly the size of a barge!" and shoots his gun a bowl of eggs appears on the counter. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found ...
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Crazy Credits

"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)" See more »


Spoofed in South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) See more »


Music by Alan Menken
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24 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Beauty and the Beast is without a doubt one of Disney's finest classics. The first animated film to ever be nominated for best picture and after you see it, you could understand and agree with it's nomination. Beauty and the Beast is going to be one of those films that will always be remembered, I know that it's a movie that I will show my children one day. It has unbelievably terrific animation, a beautiful story, lovable characters, and is just over all a perfect movie. I really love this film so much, I don't think anyone couldn't fall in love with it.

Bell is just a simple girl in her town in France, she reads books constantly and her father is an inventor. They are sort of the outcasts of their town due to their "oddness". But Bell is being pursued by the town hunk, Gueston, simply because she's the one girl he cannot have. One day when her father's inventions are about to be displayed at the fair, he gets lost in the woods and stumbles across a castle and is held prisoner. Bell goes after him and comes to the castle; it turns out that her father is being held by a beast who is cursed with this hideousness unless he finds a true love before a rose he has welts. Bell trades places with her father; the house also has living objects, a candle holder, a clock, a tea pot, all who are also cursed until the curse is broken. They look at Bell as the perfect opportunity for the beast to find a true love, but he must learn to be a gentleman, but Bell brings out the best in him and it turns out that this might be a happy ending after all.

This was actually the first movie that I ever cried in, the ending was just so beautiful and heart felt, you'll have to see what I mean. The songs are just so lovely and perfect for the scenes that they are performed for. Beauty and the Beast, the song, was just one of the most touching songs ever. This films is a major recommendation for me, it's one of my favorite Disney films of all time, it's a timeless classic that is just perfect and reached a new level of great animation.


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