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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 <>

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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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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?


Howard Ashman wanted to have a scene in which the young Prince is first transformed into the Beast. He considered it to be emotional and tragic. However, an argument erupted when directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, who couldn't shake visions of Butch Patrick in The Munsters (1964), called the idea a "cheap shot" and considered it to be too "ridiculous to take seriously." Ultimately it was decided to open the film with the stained glass windows as a mirror to the opening storybook of previous Disney films. The transformation itself was not shown until the direct-to-video sequel Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997). See more »


When Gaston knocks on Belle's door to propose, before opening the door she looks at him through a "peephole" gadget attached to the door. After he walks in, the inside of the door is seen and the gadget is no longer there. 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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"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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Gaston (Reprise)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Richard White, Jesse Corti, and Chorus
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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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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