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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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beast | prince | castle | village | spell | See All (100) »


The most beautiful love story ever told. 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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(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?


Chip originally had only one line, but the producers liked Bradley Pierce's voice so much that extra dialogue and business was written and storyboarded for the character. The original "cute" character of the movie was a music box, which was supposed to be a musical version of Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) which could soothe the Beast with its music and stowed away with Belle when she was freed. But when Chip's role was expanded, the music box idea was scrapped. However, it can be seen for a brief moment on a table next to Lumière just before the fight between the enchanted objects and the villagers in the Beast's castle. See more »


When the Beast is fighting off the wolves, there are multiple times when the sound of ripping cloth is heard, implying that the wolves were tearing the Beast's cape. However, once the fight is over and the Beast is seen alone with Belle, there's no damage to his cape at all. 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 »


Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Kiss (1998) See more »


Human Again
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Jo Anne Worley, and Chorus
Produced by Alan Menken
Arranged and Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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User Reviews

the story ever told
30 November 1999 | by (san diego, ca) – See all my reviews

a great movie story done with wondrous animation and lovely music. the pacing was perfect, the music blended extremely well with the action, and each character was developed charmingly. the contrast between the mean but insecure beast plays very well against the lovely but bright and secure belle. the animation was top notch: even now, after disney has had time to develop better computer animation techniques, it still has beautiful color and flow. except for pinocchio, I don't know any disney movie more lovely. It's a movie that appeals to children of all ages, especially adults : )

enough of the "technical stuff" let's get on to my emotional attachment to the movie.

I remember the first time I saw B&tB so vividly; I was completely enthralled by the movie that all I could do on the way home was smile and cry. I've seen it many, many times, yet the ballroom scene still gives me goose bumps. Angela Landsbury as Mrs. Potts sings the title song with so much feeling that every time I hear the song, I'm swept away back to that ballroom.

I was also moved by Belle's strength of self worth and generosity. She is a heroine I'd love girls to emulate. She knows what she wants, but yet is sensitive to others in trying to achieve that goal. She also learns to apologize and to forgive, no small task.

I've loved this movie from the start, and it has grown into an obsession. I collect everything I can now, and watch it when I need a lift. So I know my opinion is strongly biased : ) but I hope you get a chance to see this film and judge for yourself. I realize it is difficult to get access to the videos or laser discs (check out the spanish version cover imdb is using in B&tB's page) but it is well worth the search. The first time is most magical. I envy you.

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