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Beauty and the Beast [1991] (2 discs)

Director:Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Writer:Linda Woolverton
Composer:Alan Menken
Songs:Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince.

Reaction: Beautifully told. An instant classic.

Personal Rating: 10/10

Gary Trousdale => Director
Kirk Wise => Director
Linda Woolverton => Writer
Alan Menken => Composer / Songs
Howard Ashman => Songs
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont => Story (uncredited)
Alec Murphy => Baker (voice)
Alvin Epstein => Bookseller (voice)
Angela Lansbury => Mrs. Potts (voice)
Bradley Pierce => Chip (as Bradley Michael Pierce) (voice)
Brian Cummings => Stove (voice)
David Ogden Stiers => Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Frank Welker => Footstool (voice)
Hal Smith => Philippe (voice)
Jerry Orbach => Lumiere (voice)
Jesse Corti => Lefou (voice)
Jo Anne Worley => Wardrobe (voice)
Kath Soucie => Bimbette (voice)
Kimmy Robertson => Featherduster (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman => Babette (voice)
Paige O'Hara => Belle (voice)
Rex Everhart => Maurice (voice)
Richard White => Gaston (voice)
Robby Benson => Beast (voice)
Tony Jay => Monsieur D'Arque (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The role of Cogsworth was written specifically with John Cleese in mind but he turned it down.
  • Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, losing to The Silence of the Lambs. It was, however, the first full length animated feature to win the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), and the first Best Picture nominee for Walt Disney Pictures since Mary Poppins.
  • The last phrase of Cogsworth's line "Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep... " was ad-libbed by David Ogden Stiers.
  • The dance between Belle and her Prince in the finale is actually reused animation of the dance between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty. The original Sleeping Beauty pair had been drawn over to become the new Beauty and the Beast pair, and this was done because they were running out of time during the production of the movie.
  • The smoke seen during the transformation of the Beast to the Prince is actually real smoke, not animated. It was originally used in The Black Cauldron and was re-used for Beauty and the Beast.
  • Art director [?] Brian McEntee color keyed Belle so that she is the only person in her town who wears blue. This is symbolic of how different she is from everyone else around. Later, she encounters the Beast, another misfit, also wearing blue.
  • Julie Andrews was considered for the role of Mrs. Potts.
  • Robby Benson's voice was altered by the growls of real panthers and lions so that it is virtually unrecognizable. This is why near the end when the Beast transforms into the prince his voice changes. His voice is also not changed on the original motion picture soundtrack.
  • The majority of the sculptures seen in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast.
  • Disney was originally going to have Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid 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.
  • Rupert Everett auditioned for the role of Gaston, but was told by the directors he didn't sound arrogant enough. He remembered this when he voiced Prince Charming in Shrek 2.
  • Scheduling conflicts with [Star Trek: The Next Generation] forced Patrick Stewart to turn down the role of Cogsworth.
  • When Paige O'Hara was auditioning, a bit of her hair flew in her face and she tucked it back. The animators liked this so they put it in the movie.
  • Paige O'Hara sobbed real tears while recording Belle's mourning of the Beast. Her performance was so intense that the director asked her if she was OK, upon which O'Hara immediately dropped out of character and said "Acting!"
  • Sherri Stoner was used as the model for Belle.
  • 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.