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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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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)


Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. Written by Blazer346

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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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Aspect Ratio:

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


Among the trophy heads on Gaston's tavern is what appears to be a frog's head, visible in the shot as Gaston spits. A bald eagle can be seen while he jumps onto his chair during his song. See more »


When Cogsworth falls down the stairs, all sorts of gears and nuts fall out, but in the next shot, seconds later, they are gone. 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 Boy Meets World: The Happiest Show on Earth (1996) See more »


The Mob Song
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Richard White and Chorus
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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User Reviews

One of Disney's Best!
23 January 2005 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Beauty and the Beast is an engaging movie with so much care and beauty fused into its core. Beauty is much more than just an influential animated classic. It is a grand and powerful fable, sugar coated with the best animation effort in a time where CGI was becoming a movie mainstay. In its finest moments, Beauty is a rousing musical, making your head move and getting caught up right in the mix. The score is unforgettable and the characters are so easy to get into. A movie that children and adults alike will love, Disney deserved its Academy Award nominations for creating such a joy.

Small town Belle longs for more than a local life, maintaining her imagination through books and taking care of her kind, yet eccentric father. But when their horse returns without papa, Belle sets out to find the awful truth in an enchanted castle.

You can see that so much time and care was spent in drawing this masterpiece. I cannot think of many other movies that show such meticulous background and animation. That such effort is woven effortlessly into its songs that make Beauty and the Beast the timeless classic Disney rightfully lauds itself over. 'Be Our Guest,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Gaston,' you will be humming these songs at one point in your your life! Kudos to Disney for creating a charismatic, attractive villain in Gaston. He would not be a villain if he was not such a jerk. You must watch this movie at least once in your life, in a comfortable sofa and with the sound turned right up for the Broadway scores. You will enjoy it!

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