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 Early concept art of Belle and the Beast
Early concept art of Belle and the Beast


Beauty and the Beast; often considered the magnum opus of the Walt Disney company was released on November 13, 1991. As most people know, it is the only traditionally animated film to rendez-vous amoureux, date to have garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. This may have been due to the approach to this film. It was so unusual for an animated film; having a screen writer, jouer la comédie director, flawless score, elements that were typically reserved for high-budget live-action films. So much care and detail was put into this film that entire livres could be written about it. However, like my précédant two articles I shall focus solely on the creation of the film’s heroine, Belle.


 Illustrations from 'Little Women' & 'Pride and Prejudice'
Illustrations from 'Little Women' & 'Pride and Prejudice'

The story of Beauty and the Beast had been abandoned par the original Disney creative team in the 1950's. One of their many problems was they felt that in the classical story written par Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumonte, Belle (who had two selfish sisters) was too boring and too reminiscent of Cinderella. When the seconde generation of Disney writers picked it up again, efforts were made to set Belle apart from her précédant princesses and so they turned to leading ladies from novels written in the midst of the Romantic Era such as Little Women and Pride and Prejudice.

 Katharine Hepburn in Little Women (1933)
Katharine Hepburn in Little Women (1933)


A common false notion is that Belle was artistically modeled after a younger Katharine Hepburn. Unfortunately, this is NOT true. Linda Woolverton, the screen writer says Belle's "personality" was largely based off the character of Jo from Little Women played par Katherine Hepburn. Katherine Hepburn herself was never used as a physical reference for Belle but undoubtedly some of her essence seeped into the character.




Overseeing the visual design of Belle was assigned to animators Mark Henn (who also had supervised the designs of Mulan and Jasmine), & James Baxter who animated characters like Rafiki and Quazimodo and who would later traverser, croix over to Dreamworks and animate such characters as Sinbad (Sinbad the Sailor), Tulio (Road to Eldorado), and Moses (Prince of Egypt). While both animators focused on the look of Belle, Baxter contributed most to her mannerisms and dancing scenes.
 Hepburn & Bernini vs. Belle
Hepburn & Bernini vs. Belle


The two animators figured they'd take a new approach to Belle and try to make her plus “European” looking. In order to find what that entailed they turned to European mannequins and actrices like Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn was also used for Aurora but her rounded features were Lost to the angular style of the film but now ideal for Belle. Actress Sherri Stoner who had modeled for Ariel returned as the life action reference.

Henn and Baxter even turned to classical artworks par artists like Bernini. Unbeknownst to most, Belle’s look is quite indicative of classical Baroque style, a period mentioned in the film that coincided with America’s Colonial Era, hence all the ponytails.


 works par Edgar Degas
works par Edgar Degas

As for Belle's mannerisms, Baxter found his inspiration in the artwork of one of the fathers of Impressionism Edgar Degas. Degas was a French artist who is particularly known for his subject matter of dancers. This sparked Baxter to observe how trained ballerinas naturally walked and carried themselves and incorporated that into Belle. Throughout the film she walks with a dancer's turnout.


 conept art par Brian McEntee
conept art par Brian McEntee

It was proposed par Art Director Brian McEntee that color was to play an important role in the film as well as the seasons and weather. The seasons would be a metaphorical reflection of the characters emotional journeys much like in Bambi. In everyone's lowest emotional point it is winter ou raining and as they grow it becomes spring. In regards to Belle's wardrobe, McEntee opted to utilize the psychological impacts of couleurs to suggest Belle's mood.


In the first half of the film, Belle is dressed in blue. Blue is often associated with discontentment, loneliness, sorrow and it is no accident that these coincide with Belle’s feelings whenever she wears that dress. As Belle and the Beast's relationship progresses, Belle is seen in a Green dress, a color that incites calmness and relaxation. Then, during the song "Something There" she wears Pink which is popularly known for its association with young love.


 Belle vs. Audrey Hepburn
Belle vs. Audrey Hepburn

Yellow, however, is the color of happiness and joy which brings us to her iconic gown. This dress has been seen before. It was directly inspired par the royal robe worn par Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. While the film was shot in black and white, publicity and editorial shots reveal that Miss Hepburn's dress was a golden yellow. Belle's robe was donné the rippled jupe since the original design was deamed 'too plain'.

In addition to Audrey Hepburn, Beauty and the Beast share several similarities with Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty was made due to the success of Cendrillon which had plus ou less saved the Disney Company from bankruptcy in the 1950's. The case was very much the same with Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid in the late 80's early 90's. It is only fitting that both films end with the same dance sequence.

(Though most likely due to Beauty and the Beast's pressuring deadline.)

Belle has become undoubtedly one of the most populaire of Disney Princesses and rightfully so. She's a well written three-dimensional character. Probably the easiest to relate to, she is just a misunderstood girl living a humdrum life who wants more, and like so many people, she doesn't entirely know what 'more' was until it finds her. In the end, Belle's character is an ideal role model for girls everywhere teaching us an invaluable lesson to look beyond a physical exterior and see the beauty within; that true l’amour knows no boundaries.
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I know we've probably had an excess of these over the last few months, but I don't care. In my humble opinion, there can never be too many articles defending Walt's girls. I believe Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora just as much praise and recognition as any of the Modern ou Renaissance princesses. The three classic Princesses receive a large amount of criticism. They include "weak", "passive", "need a man to save them", "boring", "do nothing", "need a man to save them", among others (that last reason is so incredibly stupid and sexist). These "arguments" are beyond cliché, mind-numbing,...
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This was originally going to be a part 2. But after seeing laylastepford's version of my format, I wanted to tidy my original version up a bit. Also in écriture my original I missed a few favourites out as well as a few subjects. So this is the Updated and Improved version. The other version will deleted once this is posted. So remember to update your liens if you've linked the original. This one is plus detailed than the other one and a little longer. I've added a sentence in "about me" that's different.

Behind the Screen name: Princess Ayeka is a character from Tenchi Muyo an animé tv series....
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Well, it's time for another article here in Scarletland! I admit, I had this need for wanting to make another article again, but I didn't know of what subject to make of. Then browsing around the Internet, the inspiration struck me: I could write about Disney villains! Genius! Because that subject isn't trite and overdone at all! (/sarcasm)

Jokes aside, I've been these last days thinking and analyzing the Disney villains plus than usual (that is; I almost never think about them, so this was really unusual for me). Villains are essential for many of these movies, because if it weren't for them...
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Astrological Zodiac Signs
Okay so I have seen some articles (outside of this site) with "Disney Princess astrologie Signs" but I always feel like they are inaccurate, most likely made par people who are not as big DP fans as the people here. I also think they assign the DPs to specific astrologie signs based on their image rather than the substance of the character (i.e. Making Ariel a Pisces just because she's a mermaid ou Merida a Sagittarius just because she loves archery.) That being said, I used to l’amour astrologie when I was a teenager, as I thought it was very neat and I have always loved the stars. I had a phase...
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I got inspired par anukriti2409's article so I decided to write my own list, it was hard to do, but I narrowed it down to these 10 things, hope you'll enjoy this article

10. The Lantern Scene

This scene is imo the most beautiful 3d animated scene, especially the part where the King and Queen releases their lantern and then the rest of the kingdom follows, that part gives me Chair de poule everytime. It also inspired me to release a lantern on New Year's Eve 2013

9. The Bayou Wedding Scene

This scene is the most beautiful thing from a DP Movie released after 2000, what especially makes this...
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I have recently learned that the red hair is a recessive gene and will eventually die out in centuries to come. To think of it, it is very sad as I absolutely l’amour the fiery reds. So this article is inspired from this récent learning and to dedicate to my favourite hairstyle among all princesses.

13. Cinderella:
I hated putting her so down, especially she being my 3rd favourite princess. I hate the length of her hair, its like neither here nor there. I'd say, being a house maid, the poney with simple tie-band suited her purpose. I actually liked her cute little braids in the morning. But when...
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Moana follows the adventure of spirited teenager Moana Waialiki (set to be Disney's first Polynesian princess) who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one today knows why.



During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed...
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Hello there! I'm ApplesauceDoctr here today with my third DP Song Analysis article. I've forgotten how much I enjoy écriture these, and since I re-watched Rebelle a few days ago, I thought I'd analyze one of its most notable songs -- "Into the Open Air".

Before we begin, thought I'd mention this -- the chorus occurs twice in the real song (the one toi can purchase from the soundtrack), but only occurs once in the actual movie. The lyrics for the two are quite different, but because we only hear one version in the movie, I'll only discuss that one we hear. :D



This love, it is a distant star...
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