Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)

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Beauty and the Beast (in 92 minutes release) 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.


Gaston: Hello, Belle.
Belle: Bonjour, Gaston.
[Gaston takes Belle's book and takes a look]
Belle: Gaston, may I have my book, please?
Gaston: How can you read this? There's no pictures!
Belle: Well, some people use their imagination.
Gaston: [tosses the book aside] Belle, it's about time you got your head outta those books and paid attention to more important things. Like me.
[the Bimbettes sigh at him]
Gaston: 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]

Gaston: Not yet!
Lefou: Sorry!

[angry, now that he found out Belle refuses to join him for dinner]
Beast: WHAT!!!!!!!?
[Door bangs open and Beast comes running out, with Cogsworth, Lumière and Mrs. Potts giving chase]
Cogsworth: Your grace! Your eminence! Let's not be hasty!?
[Cut to exterior of Belle's room. Beast runs up to it and bangs on the door.]
Beast: [Yelling] I thought I told you to come down to dinner!
Belle: [From behind the door] I'm not hungry.
Beast: You'll come out or I'll...I'll break down the door!
Lumière: [interrupting] Master, I could be wrong, but that may not be the best way to win the girl's affections.
Cogsworth: [pleading] Please! Attempt to be a gentleman.
Beast: [growing angrier] But she is being so...difficult!
Mrs. Potts: Gently, gently.
Beast: [very dejected] Will you come down to dinner?
Belle: No!
[Beast looks at them, very frustrated.]
Cogsworth: Suave. Genteel.
Beast: [Trying to act formal, bowing at the door] It would give me great pleasure if you would join me for dinner.
Cogsworth: Ahem, ahem, we say 'please.'
Beast: [once again dejected] ...please.
Belle: [Mad at Beast] No, thank you.
Beast: [furious] You can't stay in there forever!
Belle: [provokingly] Yes I can!
Beast: Fine! Then go ahead and STARVE!!!! (To Cogsworth, Lumière and Mrs. Potts) If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all.
[Beast runs back down the hall, slamming a door and causing a piece of the ceiling to fall on Lumiere.]
Mrs. Potts: Oh, dear. That didn't go very well at all, did it.
Cogsworth: Lumiere, stand watch at the door and inform me at once if there is the slightest change.
Lumiere: [Taking guard position next to door] You can count on me, mon captain.
Cogsworth: Well, I guess we better go downstairs and start cleaning up.

[Into the Beast's lair. Beast enters, knocking over and destroying things in his path.]
Beast: I ask nicely, but she refuses. What a...what does she want me to do--beg?! (Picking up the Magic Mirror) Show me the girl.
[The Magic Mirror shines, then glows green and reveals Belle in her bedroom, talking to the Wardrobe]
Wardrobe: [in mirror pleading] Why the master's not so bad once you get to know him. Why don't you give him a chance?
Belle: [still disturbed by the attack] I don't want to get to know him. I don't want to have anything to do with him!
Beast: [setting down Magic Mirror, speaking tenderly] I'm just fooling myself. She'll never see me as anything...but a monster. (Another petal falls off the rose.) It's hopeless.
[Beast puts his head in his hands as in depressed state.]

[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 completely furious] Do you realize what you could have done?! [smashes a table out of anger]
Belle: Please... Stop! No!
Beast: [loudly] Get out! [smashes more objects as Belle runs out] GET OUT! [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! 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: Here now. [the Beast is licking his wounds] Don't do that. [trying to clean his wounds with the rag] Just hold still.
[she applies the rag to the wound, but the Beast jumps back and roars 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: 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: 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 anything good; so he bows his head annoyed; the objects re-emerge] 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.

[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!

[Belle has rejected Gaston for the umpteenth time; cut to interior of tavern]
Gaston: Who does she think she is? That girl has tangled with the wrong man. No one says 'no' to Gaston!
Lefou: Darn right!
Gaston: Dismissed. Rejected. Publicly humiliated. Why, it's more than I can bear.
[turns chair away]
Lefou: [Runs in front of him] More beer?
Gaston: [Turns chair away again] What for? Nothing helps. I'm disgraced.
Lefou: Who, you? Never. Gaston, you've got to pull yourself together.
Lefou: [singing] Gosh it disturbs me to see you, Gaston

Looking so down in the dumps

Every guy here'd love to be you, Gaston

[cheering from the gallery]

Even when taking your lumps

There's no man in town as admired as you

You're everyone's fav-o-rite guy

Everyone's awed and inspired by you

[Lefou turns chair back to forward]

And it's not very hard to…see…why! No…one's… slick as Gaston, no one's quick as Gaston

No one's neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s

For there's no man in town half as manly

Perfect, a pure paragon!

You can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley

And they'll tell you who's team they'd prefer to be on!

[Lefou has pulled a man's belt off, whose pants fall to the ground. Lefou jumps up and wraps the belt around Gaston's neck, who flexes and breaks it off. Lefou continues to dance around. Cronies pick him up and swing him around. Old cronies swing Lefou back and forth into the camera. Lefou tickles Gaston's chin, who stands with pride]
Cronies and Lefou: No one's been like Gaston, a king-pin like Gaston
Lefou: No one's got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
Gaston: As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!
Cronies: My, what a guy that Gaston! Give five hurrahs, give twelve hip-hips.
Lefou: Gaston is the best and the rest is all drips!

[Lefou swings up his arm in dance and throws a mug of beer in Gaston's face, who socks Lefou in the face]

All: No one fights like Gaston, no one bites like Gaston
Wrestler: In a wrestling match, nobody bites like Gaston
Bimbettes: For there's no one as burly and brawny
Gaston: [flexes] As you see I've got biceps to spare
Lefou: Not a bit of him scraggly or scrawny
Gaston: That's right! And every last bit of me's covered with hair!
[Gaston fights with the men, then lifts a bench with the Bimbettes on it. He drops the bench on Lefou, then turns to the camera and reveals his hairy chest.]
Cronies: No one hits like Gaston, matches wits like Gaston
Lefou: In a spitting match, nobody spits like Gaston!
Gaston: I'm especially good at expectorating! Ptooey! [spits]
All: Ten points for Gaston! [Gaston plays a chess game with a man, then hits the board, sending it and pieces all over. He takes a bite of leather from the belt once wrapped around his neck, chews it and spits it into a spittoon, which falls and gets stuck on the head of Lefou.]
Gaston: When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs

Every morning to help me get large!

And now that I'm grown, I eat five dozen eggs

So I'm roughly the size of a barge!

[Gaston juggles a number of eggs, then swallows them whole. Lefou attempts the trick, and is hit in the face by three eggs.]
All: No one shoots like Gaston, makes those beauts like Gaston
Lefou: Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gaston
Gaston: I use antlers in all of my decorating!
Gaston takes three shots at a beer barrel, which begins leaking into the mugs of onlookers. He returns stomping to his chair, where we see the fireplace surrounded by the heads of the animals he has killed.]

All: My what a guy! Gaston!!!!!!!

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, b-b-but... why?
Beast: Because... I love her.

[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 that he's sinking to Gaston's level. He pulls Gaston back in and close to his face]
Beast: [calmly] Get out.

[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'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, Lumière, 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]
Prince Adam: Belle... it's me.
Belle: [she looks into his eyes and recognizes him] 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?

Countries Release date[edit]

  • Egypt - November 22, 1991
  • Togo - December 29, 1991
  • United Arab Emirates - December 28, 1991
  • Madagascar - July 18, 1992

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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