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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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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

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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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Disney was originally going to have Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989) also provide the voice for Belle. However, it was decided that Belle needed a more "European" sounding voice. Howard Ashman remembered working with Paige O'Hara and suggested she try out for the part. See more »

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During the "Human Again" number, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth are in a parody of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting, which didn't exist until 1930. See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

Beauty and the Beast
Written by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Performed by Angela Lansbury
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Perfect mix of music and animation...a solid achievement...
3 October 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I've not seen the newly added song sequence (Human Again) featured in the latest IMAX version so my comments are based entirely on the original theatrical and VHS release.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is Disney at its peak. From the stained glass window at the opening and the beautiful narration, the viewer is drawn into the story by the appealing music and clever lyrics ("Belle's Song") which gets the picture off to a bouncy start. The opening sequence showing Belle and the townspeople in song is masterfully handled and choreographed for maximum effect, setting the tone for the entire story.

The plot becomes thicker once Belle's father enters the castle grounds where the Beast resides. The castle interiors are brilliantly Baroque and the odd characters inhabiting the grounds are delightfully rendered by a perfect blending of art and voice talent. Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts are delightful creations, each with strong, consistent personalities. David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury cannot be praised enough for their contributions.

Two of the musical highlights are Orbach's dazzling job on "Be My Guest" (with French accent) and Angela's tender rendering of the title song, "Beauty and the Beast". Unforgettable movie moments. As Gaston, Richard White's robust baritone voice adds greatly to the effectiveness of his villainy.

It's no wonder the film was the first to receive recognition by the Academy with a Best Picture nomination. Outstanding in every department, including the end title song sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson in a more "modern" style.

Along with SNOW WHITE and SLEEPING BEAUTY, a top-notch fairy tale with its appeal evenly divided between adults and children--as well as the child in all of us.


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