Writers: Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story), Chris Sanders (story), Burny Mattinson (story), Kevin Harkey (story), Brian Pimental (story), Bruce Woodside (story), Joe Ranft (story), Tom Ellery (story), Kelly Asbury (story), Robert L
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, released to theaters on November 23, 1991 by Walt Disney Pictures. The story is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, who was uncredited in the English version of the film but credited in the French version as writer of the novel and also uses some ideas derived from the 1946 French film. It centers around a prince who is transformed into a Beast and the beautiful young woman whom he imprisons in his castle.
The film was adapted to an animation screenplay by Linda Woolverton, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and produced by Don Hahn. The music of the film was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, both of whom had written the music and songs for Disney's The Little Mermaid. Upon its release, Beauty and the Beast was a significant commercial and critical success, earning $403 million in box office earnings throughout the world, in addition to three Golden Globe Awards - including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy - and two Academy Awards.
In the film's prologue, an enchantress disguised as an old beggar woman offers a young prince a rose in exchange for a night's shelter. When he turns her away, she transforms him into an ugly Beast and turns his servants into furniture and other household items. She gives him a magic mirror that will enable him to view faraway events, and also gives him the rose, which will bloom until his 21st birthday. He must love and be loved in return before all the rose's petals have fallen off, or he will remain a Beast forever.
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Paige O'Hara ... Belle (voice)
Robby Benson ... Beast (voice)
Richard White ... Gaston (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... Lumiere (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Potts (voice)
Bradley Pierce ... Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)