Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)

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Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 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.

Narrator[edit]

  • [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 placed 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?

Beast[edit]

  • Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm...Well, look at me!

Belle[edit]

  • He's no monster, Gaston! You are!

Cogsworth[edit]

  • [after the Beast imprisons Maurice] Couldn't keep quiet, could we? Just had to invite him to stay, didn't we? [imitating Lumiere] "Serve him tea. Sit in ze master's chair. Pet ze pooch!"
  • [suggesting things to woo Belle] Well, there's the usual things. Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...

Mrs. Potts[edit]

  • [singing] Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.
  • After all this time, he's finally learned to love.

Dialogue[edit]

Gaston: [flicking through the pages of Belle's book] How can you read this? There's no pictures!
Belle: Well, some people use their imagination.
Gaston: [tossing the book aside] Belle, it's about time you got your head out of those books and paid attention to more important things. Like me. The whole town's talking about it. It's not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting "ideas" and "thinking"--
Belle: Gaston, you are positively primeval.
Gaston: Why, thank you, Belle!
[Belle raises her eyebrows in surprise]

[The Beast catches Belle in the West Wing]
Beast: Why did you come here?
Belle: I'm sorry.
Beast: I warned you never to come here!
Belle: I didn't mean any harm.
Beast: [now remotely angry] DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE?! [smashes a table out of anger]
Belle: Stop!
Beast: GET OUT!!! [smashes more objects as Belle runs out of the room in absolute terror] GET OOOOOOOOOOOOOOUT!!!!!! [finally calming down, he looks dismayed at his own behavior]
[Belle immediately grabs her cloak, puts it on, and runs out of the castle; with Cogsworth and Lumiere close behind]
Lumiere: Where are you going?
Belle: Promise or no promise, I can't stay here another minute!
Cogsworth: Oh no, wait! Please, wait!

[Belle nurses the 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: There 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 the Beast to jump back and roar in pain; the objects, who are close by, hide in fear]
Beast: THAT HURTS!
Belle: If you'd hold still, it wouldn't hurt as much!
Beast: Well, 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, YOU should learn to control your temper!
[The Beast tries to counterpoint, but can't think of a good reason; 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 the Beast winces, he doesn't pull back this time] By the way, thank you for saving my life.
Beast: You're welcome.

Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: [chuckles] Yes. Splendid. [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.

[The 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 would be better....it would be 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 wish I could see you....one last time.
[his hand 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 attracted Belle, and Beast rises into the air, turning into a prince; then he lands on the ground, as he gets up and turns toward Belle]

Chip: Are they gonna live happily ever after, Mama?
Mrs. Potts: Of course, darling. 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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