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Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince.

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Cast

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

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 | love | prince | castle | village | See more »

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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$99,508 (Brazil) (6 September 2002)

Gross:

$218,967,620 (USA) (4 May 2012)
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(Dolby Stereo) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's "The Story of Beauty and the Beast," - which was the original version of the tale - the prince was not turned into a beast for being selfish and unloving, but because he refused to marry his evil fairy godmother. Likewise, Beauty's challenge in understanding the beast was not his volatile temperament but his stupidity, for in beast form he could not express himself intelligently. See more »

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When Belle is first greeted by Lumiere he takes her hand and kisses it. As he kisses it, a brief side view shows his right hand candle unlit, but it is always lit before and after that brief shot. See more »

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[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 »

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Be Our Guest
Written by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Performed by Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, and Chorus
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One of my all-time favourite movies.
2 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The only animated movie to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and it deserved it.

Magic from the opening prologue to the final credit, "Beauty and the Beast" is the last real classic to come from the Disney crew before John Lasseter came along. This was one of the few movies I happily paid to see twice in the cinema, and sitting in a sparsely-populated Friday night audience (I was living in Barbados at the time, and it was hardly the most artistic place on Earth... it was a crying shame that there was hardly anyone there while "Home Alone 2" went through the roof) the second time, the magic remained.

You all know the story, so apart from pointing out the movie's one flaw (the prince's spell had to be broken before he turned 21 or he would remain a beast forever; so if it was cast ten years before the events of the movie, wouldn't that mean he was 11 when the spell was cast...?), let's look at how well the movie works. You have a monster who's more human than the movie's medallion-man villain; you have a heroine who's PC but engaging with it; you have a supporting cast of magic utensils who wisely never upstage the couple at the centre of this love story (and despite the Disney animated trappings, it IS a love story); and you have a captivating story, beautifully told.

The movie's also got wonderful design of its French setting and characters, with the ballroom scene a standout (the tiny but appreciative audience were impressed by the sight of the Beast and Belle in their evening wear - the only time I've ever seen cartoon characters get wolf-whistled in a cinema); and Alan Menken's score is his finest work for the Mouse, with matchless lyrics from the late and much lamented Howard Ashman - how many musicals can you name where ALL the songs are brilliant? But ultimately it's the movie's very real heart that makes it a keeper; the cliche "You'll laugh, you'll cry" is all too true in this case. A lot of movies called 'classic' don't deserve that appellation, but this one does.

I'll be slaughtered by anime fans, but what the hell... one "Beauty and the Beast" is worth a thousand "Akira"s. And "Shrek"s. And, I'm willing to bet, "Treasure Planet"s. This is a truly adult animated feature that's also one for the entire family. Forget "The Silence of the Lambs" - this is the real best picture of 1991.


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