[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?
[after failing to marry Belle] I'll have Belle for my wife! Make no mistake about that!
[after Maurice was being dragged into the asylum, the wicked hunter Gaston approaches Belle] Poor Belle. It's a shame about your father.
[snaps, encouraging the town to kill the Beast] She's as crazy as the old man. The Beast will make off with your children! He'll come after them in the night! We're not safe until his head is mounted on my wall! I say we kill the Beast!
Who does she think she is? That girl has tangled with the wrong man! No one says no to Gaston!
Come on out and fight! Were you in love with her, Beast? Did you honestly think things she'd want you when she had someone like me?
It's over, Beast! Belle is mine! (Time to die!)
[last words before he stabs the Beast after he spared his life, loses his balance, then falls to his death into the moat of the castle] Let me go! Let me go! Please, don't hurt me! I'll do anything! Anything!
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]
Beast: [lividly meeting Maurice] Who are you? What are you doing here?
Maurice: I-I-I was lost in the woods, and, and...
Beast: You're not WELCOME HERE!
Maurice: I, I--I'm sorry.
Beast: What are you staring at?!
Maurice: Me? Nothing.
Beast: So, you've come to STARE AT THE BEAST, have you?!
Maurice: Please, I meant no harm! I just needed a place to stay.
Beast: I'll give you a place to stay.
Maurice: No, no, please! No! No!
[The cruel Beast drags Maurice to the dungeon.]
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. But... you 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: What's taking her so long? I told her to come down. [yelling at the servants] WHY isn't she here yet?!
Mrs. Potts: Oh, try to be patient, sir. The girl has lost her father and her freedom all in one day.
Lumiere: Master... Have you thought that perhaps this girl could be the one to break the spell?
Beast: OF COURSE I HAVE! I'm not a fool.
Lumiere: Good! So you fall in love with her, she falls in love with you, and poof! The spell is broken! We'll be human again by midnight!
Mrs. Potts: Oh, it's not that easy, Lumiere. These things take time.
Lumiere: But the rose has already began to wilt.
Beast: Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful and I'm... WELL, LOOK AT ME!
Mrs. Potts: You must help her to see past all that.
Beast: I don't know how...
Mrs. Potts: Well, you can start by making yourself more presentable. Straighten up! [the Beast stands up straighter] Try to act like a gentleman.
Lumiere: Ah yes, when she comes in, give her a dashing, debonair smile. Come, come, show me the smile.
[The Beast gives a big, forced smile]
Mrs. Potts: But don't frighten the poor girl.
Lumiere: Impress her with your rapier wit.
Mrs. Potts: But be gentle.
Lumiere: Show her with compliments.
Mrs. Potts: But be sincere.
Lumiere: And above all...
Both: ...you must control your temper!
Beast: [pounding on Belle's door, yelling] I thought I told you to come down to dinner!
Belle: I'm not hungry.
Beast: You come out, or I'll... I'll... I'LL BREAK DOWN THE DOOR!!!
Lumiere: Master, I could be wrong, but that may not be the best way to win the girl's affections.
Cogsworth: Please, attempt to be a gentleman.
Beast: But, she is being so... difficult!
Mrs. Potts: Gently. Gently.
Beast: [calmly] Will you come down to dinner?
Beast: [points at the door] Hmm?
Cogsworth: Suave, genteel.
Beast: [suavely] It would give me great pleasure... [controls his anger] if you would join me for dinner.
Cogsworth: Ah-ha-ha, we say please.
Belle: No, thank you!
Beast: [yells at Belle] You can't stay in there forever!
Belle: Yes, I can.
Beast: Fine! Then go ahead and STAAAARRRRVE!!![he turns to his servants] If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all! [he furiously leaves and slams the door behind him. A piece of plaster falls 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: You can count on me, mon capitaine.
Cogsworth: Well, we might as well go downstairs and start cleaning up.
[The scene cuts to the Beast's room]
Beast: I asked nicely but she refuses. [shoves a chair out of the way] I mean, what does she want me to do? Beg?! [grabs the magic mirror] Show me the girl.
[The Beast catches Belle in the West Wing]
Beast: [glared angrily at Belle] 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: Please! Stop! No!
Beast: GET OUT!!! [smashes more objects as Belle runs out in absolute terror]GEEETTTT OUUUUUTTTTT!!!!!!!!!![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 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: 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 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 the 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!
Belle: [reading Romeo and Juliet] "And there never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Beast: [smiling] Hmm... heh. 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] "Tow"?
Beast: "2." I knew that. [keeps reading] "2 households..."
Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: [chuckles] 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.
Gaston: [after Maurice was being dragged into the asylum, the wicked hunter Gaston approaches Belle] 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.
Gaston: One little word, Belle. That's all it takes.
Gaston: Have it your way.
Gaston: KILL THE BEAST!
Belle: No! I won't let you do this!
Gaston: If you're not with us, you're against us! Bring the old man!
Maurice: Take your hands off me!
[Tom and Stanley throw Maurice and Belle into their basement]
Gaston: We can't have them running off to warn the creature!
[Gaston and Lefou lock Belle's doors]
Belle: Let us out!
Gaston: [to the town] We'll rid the village of this beast! Who's with me?! [the town cheer]
[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: [Last words] 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: [In a calm, but angry manner]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, 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!
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?
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.