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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  22 November 1991 (USA)
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Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beast (voice)
Lefou (voice)
Maurice (voice)
Mrs. Potts (voice)
Belle (voice)
Lumiere (voice)
Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)
Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Richard White ...
Gaston (voice)
Wardrobe (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Bimbette (voice)
Stove (voice)
Alvin Epstein ...
Bookseller (voice)
Alec Murphy ...
Baker (voice)


Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced "affections" of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle's father, causes the two to meet. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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The most beautiful love story ever told as it has never been seen before. [IMAX version] See more »


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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£44,797 (UK) (4 January 2002)


$218,967,620 (USA) (4 May 2012)

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Technical Specs


| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

(Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.1 Surround Sound) (70 mm prints)| (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)| (special edition)| (special edition)| (special edition)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


The first Disney animated feature to use fully rendered and textured 3-D CGI moving backgrounds in combination with the traditionally animated character animation, a technique that was expanded upon in the Disney short Off His Rockers (1992) and later in Aladdin (1992). See more »


After the Beast rescues Belle from the wolves and is brought back to the castle, Belle is trying to mend the Beast's arm. In the shots where she is attempting to place the cloth on his arm and when they start arguing, there are clearly three scratches on his arm, but when it zooms to a closer shot when the Beast has settled down a bit, there are four scratches. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: 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 ...
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Crazy Credits

"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)" See more »


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Be Our Guest
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, and Chorus
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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User Reviews

One of Disney's Best!
23 January 2005 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Beauty and the Beast is an engaging movie with so much care and beauty fused into its core. Beauty is much more than just an influential animated classic. It is a grand and powerful fable, sugar coated with the best animation effort in a time where CGI was becoming a movie mainstay. In its finest moments, Beauty is a rousing musical, making your head move and getting caught up right in the mix. The score is unforgettable and the characters are so easy to get into. A movie that children and adults alike will love, Disney deserved its Academy Award nominations for creating such a joy.

Small town Belle longs for more than a local life, maintaining her imagination through books and taking care of her kind, yet eccentric father. But when their horse returns without papa, Belle sets out to find the awful truth in an enchanted castle.

You can see that so much time and care was spent in drawing this masterpiece. I cannot think of many other movies that show such meticulous background and animation. That such effort is woven effortlessly into its songs that make Beauty and the Beast the timeless classic Disney rightfully lauds itself over. 'Be Our Guest,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Gaston,' you will be humming these songs at one point in your your life! Kudos to Disney for creating a charismatic, attractive villain in Gaston. He would not be a villain if he was not such a jerk. You must watch this movie at least once in your life, in a comfortable sofa and with the sound turned right up for the Broadway scores. You will enjoy it!

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