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Beauty and the Beast Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Beauty and the Beast is widely considered the best animated Disney feature of the studio's 1980s/1990s renewal of the form. Based on the classic French fairy tale, it tells the story of Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara), an intelligent young woman scorned by her townspeople for being a bookworm, weary of fighting off the advances of the arrogant Gaston (Richard White), and dreaming of escape. When her father gets lost in the woods and captured by the forbidding Beast (Robby Benson), a once-handsome prince turned into a monster by a witch, Belle goes off to rescue him. Taken with her, the Beast agrees to release Belle's father if she agrees to stay with him forever. Initially repulsed, Belle soon finds much to appreciate in the Beast's hidden, tender nature. The Beast's servants -- a clock (David Ogden Stiers), a teapot (Angela Lansbury), and a candlestick (Jerry Orbach) -- see Belle as their salvation: if the Beast and a woman fall in love before his 21st birthday, he will be free from the curse. The songs are first-class, the tale is told with sincerity but not sentimentality, and the characters of Belle and the Beast, complex individuals who defy stereotyping and change over the course of the story, are more three-dimensional than in most live-action movies. The eye-popping animation is beautifully rendered, and Beauty and the Beast certainly deserves its place amongst Disney's animated classics. In 2002, a special 89-minute edition of the film was released in IMAX theaters with the addition of a newly animated song, ""Human Again."" ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:November 22, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Menken Best Original Song 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Menken Best Original Score 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Score 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Song 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Howard Ashman Best Original Song 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Howard Ashman Best Song 1991 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Howard Ashman Best Score 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mel Metcalfe Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terry Porter Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doc Kane Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Hahn Best Picture 1991 Nominee

Cast

Paige O'Hara
as Belle
Robby Benson
as Beast
Jerry Orbach
as Lumiere
Angela Lansbury
as Mrs. Potts
Richard White
as Gaston
David Ogden Stiers
as Cogsworth/Narrator
Jesse Corti
as Le Fou
Rex Everhart
as Maurice
Bradley Michael Pierce
as Chip
Kimmy Robertson
as Featherduster
Albert Tavares
Mary Kay Bergman
as Bimbette
Brian Cummings
as Stove
Alvin Epstein
as Bookseller
Tony Jay
as Monsieur D'Arque
Alec Murphy
as Baker
Frank Welker
as Footstool
Kath Soucie
as Bimbette
Hal Smith
as Philippe
Vanna Bonta
Hal Smith
as Philippe
Alvin Epstein
as Bookseller
Frank Welker
as Footstool
Mary Kay Bergman
as Bimbette
Alec Murphy
as Baker
Brian Cummings
as Stove
Kath Soucie
as Bimbette
Tony Jay
as Monsieur D'Arque

Crew

Kirk Wise
Director
Gary Trousdale
Director
Don Hahn
Producer
Joe Ranft
Screen Story
Kelly Asbury
Screen Story
Robert Lence
Screen Story
Brian Pimental
Screen Story
Linda Woolverton
Screenwriter
Bruce Woodside
Screen Story
Brenda Chapman
Screen Story
Alan Menken
Composer (Music Score)
Ellen Keneshea
Editor
John Carnochan
Editor
Ed Ghertner
Art Director
Brian McEntee
Art Director
Sarah McArthur
Associate Producer
Howard Ashman
Executive Producer
Ariel Velasco Shaw
Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Ghertner
Animator
Vera Lanpher
Animator
Lisa Keene
Animator
Randy Fullmer
Animator
Roger Allers
Animator
Glen Keane
Animator
Pres Romanillos
Animator
Howard Ashman
Lyricist
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