Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)

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Beauty and the Beast is a film about a young, beautiful French girl who falls in love with a hideous beast.

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Roger Allers, Kelly Asbury, Brenda Chapman, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Tom Ellery, Kevin Harkey, Robert Lence, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pimental, Joe Ranft, Chris Sanders, Bruce Woodside and Linda Woolverton.
The most beautiful love story ever told.


  • [voiceover; first lines] 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 within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away, to reveal a beautiful Enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late... for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and unleashed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return, by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a Beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope... for who could ever learn to love a beast?

Mrs. Potts[edit]

  • [singing] Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.


  • Wow! You didn't miss a shot, Gaston! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world.


[Belle advances down a narrow hallway. Lumiere and Cogsworth sneak up behind her and open the door that leads to the tower where Maurice is being kept. The door creaks open and she hears the sound]
Belle: Papa? Papa? [Cogsworth hides behind the door and Lumiere rushes off] Hello? Is someone here? Wait! I'm looking for my father! [she begins up the stairs, but doesn't realize that Lumiere is watching her] That's funny, I'm sure there was someone... is there anyone here?
Maurice: Belle? [echoes]
Belle: [rushes to him in his cell] Oh, Papa!
Maurice: How did you find me?
Belle: Oh, your hands are like ice. We have to get you out of here.
Maurice: Belle, I want you to leave this place.
Belle: Who's done this to you?
Maurice: No time to explain. You must!
Belle: I won't leave you!
[Suddenly, the Beast catches and whips Belle from his side]
Maurice: Run, Belle!
Belle: [meeting the Beast for the first time] Who's there? Who are you?!
Beast: The master of this castle.
Belle: I've come for my father. Please let him out. Can't you see he's sick?
Beast: Then he shouldn't have trespassed here!
Belle: But he could die. Please, I'll do anything.
Beast: There's nothing you can do. He's my prisoner.
Belle: There must be someway I can--wait... [The Beast stops and turns around] Take ME instead.
Beast: You? [considers] You would... take his place?
Maurice: Belle, no! You don't know what you're doing!
Belle: If I did, would you let him go?
Beast: Yes. must promise to stay here forever.
Belle: Come into the light. [The Beast steps into the light, revealing himself to Belle. Belle shocked by his appearance, turns away.]
Maurice: No, Belle! I won't let you do this!
Belle: [slowly] You have my word.
Beast: Done!
Maurice: No, Belle, listen to me. I'm old. I've lived my life. [Beast grabs Maurice away from Belle.]
Belle: Wait.
Maurice: Belle!
Belle: Wait! [Beast opens the castle door.]
Maurice: No, please spare my daughter. Please!
Beast: She's no longer your concern. [throws Maurice into the Pallenquin and shuts the Pallenquin door] Take him to the village.
Maurice: Let me out! Please let me out! Let me out! Please! Please! [Pallenquin slinks like a spider and Belle cries]

[Belle nurses Beast's wounds in the den after the fight with the wolves; she dips a rag into a small dish of hot water poured by Mrs. Potts]
Belle: Here now. [Beast licks his wounds] Don't do that. [trying to clean his wounds with the rag] Just hold still.
[she applies the rag to the wound, causing Beast to jump back and roar in pain; the objects, who are close by, hide in fear]
Belle: If you'd hold still, it wouldn't hurt as much.
Beast: If you hadn't run away, this wouldn't have happened.
Belle: If you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away!
Beast: [pauses] Well, YOU shouldn't have been in the West Wing!
Belle: Well then, YOU should learn to control your temper!
[Beast tries to counterpoint, but can't think of anything good; so he bows his head in shame; the objects re-emerge]
Belle: Now, hold still. This might sting a little. [applies the rag to the wound; though Beast winces, he doesn't pull back this time] By the way, thank you for saving my life.
Beast: [looks at Belle, with a surprised, yet gentle look] You're welcome.

[Gaston meets with Monsieur D'Arque, the owner of the insane asylum to at his tavern]
Monsieur D'Arque: I don't usually leave the asylum in the middle of the night, but he said you'd make it worth my while. [Gaston presents him with a bag of money] Ah, I'm listening.
Gaston: It's like this: I've got my heart set on marrying Belle, but she needs a little... persuasion.
Lefou: [chuckles] Turned him down flat. [Gaston hits him]
Gaston: Everyone knows her father's a lunatic. He was in here tonight, raving about a beast in a castle.
Monsieur D'Arque: Maurice is harmless.
Gaston: The point is, Belle would do anything to keep him from being locked up.
Lefou: Yeah, even marry him. [points at Gaston; ducks when Gaston tries to hit him again]
Monsieur D'Arque: So you want me to throw her father into the asylum unless she agrees to marry you? [Lefou nods eagerly] Oh, that is despicable. [chuckling evilly] I love it!

Beast: I've never felt this way about anyone. I wanna do something for her. But what?
Cogsworth: Well, there's the usual things. Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep.

Beast: Belle, there's something I want to show you. But first, you have to close your eyes. It's a surprise.
[Belle closes her eyes and the Beast leads her into the library]
Belle: Can I open them?
Beast: No, no. Not yet. Wait here.
[The Beast walks away to draw back the curtains. He does, and brilliant sunlight spills into the room. She flinches reflexively as the light hits her face]
Belle: Now can I open them?
Beast: All right. Now.
[Belle opens to see the library]
Belle: I can't believe it. I've never seen so many books in all my life!
Beast: You-- you like it?
Belle: It's wonderful.
Beast: Then it's yours.
Belle: Oh, thank you so much.
[Cut to the objects watching Belle and the Beast]
Mrs. Potts: Oh, would you look at that?
Lumiere: Ha ha ha! I knew it would work!
Chip: What? What works?
Cogsworth: Hmm. It's very encouraging.
Featherduster: Isn't this exciting?
Chip: I didn't see anything!
Mrs. Potts: Come along, Chip. There's chores to be done in the kitchen.
Chip: But what are they talking about? What's going on? Come on, mom!

Belle: [reading Romeo and Juliet] "And there never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Beast: [smiling] Hmm...could you read it again?
Belle: Why here? Why don't you read it to me?
Beast: Uhh... [grabs the book] Alright. [stutters] I can't.
Belle: [softly] You mean, you never learned?
Beast: I learned a little. It's just been so long.
Belle: Well, here, I'll help you. [flips through the pages] Let's start here.
Beast: Okay. [reads] "2"?
Belle: 2.
Beast: "2." I knew that. [keeps reading] "2 households..."

Cogsworth: Well, your highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you!
Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: [chuckles] Yes, yes. Splen- [realizes what the Beast just said] You... what?! How could you do that?
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but... why?
Beast: Because... I love her.

Chip: She's going away?
Lumiere: But he was so close.
Mrs. Potts: After all this time, he's finally learning to love.
Lumiere: That's it then! That should break the spell!
Mrs. Potts: But it's not enough. She has to love him in return.
Cogsworth: Now it's too late.

[Belle arrives back at her home with Philippe and Maurice]
Lefou: [hears and turns to see them] Oh, they're back.
[Inside the house, Maurice wakes up to see Belle]
Maurice: Belle?
Belle: It's all right, Papa. I'm home.
Maurice: I thought I'd never see you again.
Belle: I missed you so much.
Maurice: But the beast. How did you escape?
Belle: I didn't escape, Papa. He let me go.
Maurice: That horrible beast?
Belle: But he's different, now. He's changed somehow.
[Chip, with the magic mirror come out of Belle's pack]
Chip: Hi!
Belle: Oh, a stowaway.
Maurice: Why hello there, little fella! Didn't think I'd ever see you again!
Chip: [turns to Belle] Belle, why'd you go away? Don't you like us anymore?
Belle: Oh, Chip. Of course I do. It's just t-- [suddenly, a knock is heard. She opens the door to see D'Arque] May I help you?
D'Arque: I've come to collect your father. [steps aside to show the Asylum D'Loons wagon behind him]
Belle: My father?
D'Arque: Don't worry, mademoiselle. We'll take good care of him.
Belle: My father's not crazy.
Lefou: He was raving like a lunatic! We all heard him, didn't we?!
All: Yeah!!
Belle: No, I won't let you.
Maurice: [comes out] Belle?
Lefou: Maurice! Tell us again, old man. Just how big was the Beast?!
Maurice: Well, he was...that is ...enormous. I'd say at least 8, no more like 10 feet. [all of them laugh]
Lefou: Well, you don't get much crazier than that!
Maurice: It's true, I tell you! [D'Arque waves his arms and villagers pick up him]
Lefou: Get him outta here!
Maurice: Let go of me!
Belle: [To D'Arque] No, you can't do this!
[the wicked hunter Gaston approaches Belle]
Gaston: Poor Belle. It's a shame about your father.
Belle: You know he's not crazy, Gaston.
Gaston: I might be able to clear up this little misunderstanding, if...
Belle: If what?
Gaston: ...if you marry me.
Belle: What?!
Gaston: One little word, Belle. That's all it takes.
Belle: Never!
Gaston: Have it your way.
Maurice: [being dragged by Dick and Stanley into the asylum] Belle? Let go of me!
[Belle runs into her house, and rushes back out with the magic mirror]
Belle: My father's not crazy, and I can prove it! [uses the magic mirror] Show me the Beast! [the mirror shows the Beast roaring. She shows him to the townspeople, who recoil in fear]
Villager: Is it dangerous?!
Belle: Oh no, he'd never hurt anyone. Please, I know he looks vicious! But he's really kind and gentle... he's my friend.
Gaston: If I didn't know better, I think you had feelings for this monster.
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston! You are!
Gaston: [snaps] She's as crazy as the old man. [to the townspeople] The Beast will make off with your children! He'll come after them in the night!
Belle: No!
Gaston: We're not safe until his head is mounted on my wall! I say we kill the Beast!

[the Beast and Gaston are fighting on top of the castle; the Beast strikes at Gaston, grabs him and holds him over the edge]
Gaston: Let me go! Let me go! Please... don't hurt me! I'll do anything, anything! [the Beast glares with fury, then his anger slowly melts as he realizes what he's doing. He pulls Gaston back in and close to his face]
Beast: Get out.

[Beast lays dying with Belle at his side; meanwhile, the rose is down to its last petal]
Beast: You... you came back.
Belle: Of course I came back. I couldn't let them.... [hugs the Beast] Oh, this is all my fault. If only I'd gotten here sooner...
Beast: Maybe it's better... it's better this way.
Belle: Don't talk like that. You'll be all right. We're together now. Everything's going to be fine. You'll see.
[knowing better, the Beast reaches up and touches Belle's cheek]
Beast: At least... I got to see you.... one last time.
[his paw falls and his eyes close]
Belle: No. No! Please. Please! Please don't leave me! [sobs] I love you.
[the last petal falls away, leaving Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts distraught; suddenly, a magical shower falls around the Beast and Belle, and the Beast rises into the air, turning into a human prince; then he lands on the ground and when he gets up, he turns toward Belle]
The Prince: Belle... it's me.
Belle: [she realizes he's still alive] It is you!

[last lines]
Chip: Are they gonna live happily ever after, mama?
Mrs. Potts: Of course, my dear. Of course.
Chip: [pause] Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?

About Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)[edit]

  • Well, [originally] when we were planning the big elaborate dance sequence that would include a moving camera craning up to the ceiling on the characters that would really have more of a live action feel to them -- there was always this nagging doubt in our minds that it wasn't going to work at all (laughs). We had sort of a back-up plan just in case, if none of this works we'll just turn off all the lights and Bella and the Beast will be dancing in a little spotlight in a darkened room like an ice skating show (laughs). Fortunately, when we got the first piece of test film back, it was amazingly breathtaking, made a big sigh of relief because we knew it was going to work.
  • We actually designed all the camera movement first and animated the characters to match that.
  • We created computer generated stand-ins, the ballroom was sort of a chicken-wire kind of thing and Bella & the Beast were represented by these box and egg sort of things.
  • You have to make all the same decisions that a live action director would have to make. Everything from where to put the camera to what the emotional tone of the scene is going to be, in addition to answering all the questions about costume design and weather and color and all the numerous elements that go into making the scene. We're there every step of the way from the very first crude character designs and early storyboards to how loud the footsteps of the Beast should be as he's walking across the marble floor. We shepherd the process from beginning to end.


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