Belle, the fictional character in Walt Disney's 1991 animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” is one Disney's official Princesses. She is very charming and yet such a free spirited girl. Please allow me to share some interesting and little known facts about Princess Belle with you.
There are 2 followup direct to Disc sequels to Beauty and the Beast in which Belle also stars. They are “Beauty and the Beast; The enchanted Christmas” and “Beauty and the Beast; Belle's Magical World”
Did you know that Belle makes a Cameo appearance in Disney's 1996 animated movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”?
When Disney animators were bringing the Belle Character to life they actually hired an actress (Sherri Stoner) as a live action model to act out various scenes that were planned in the movie. This allowed the Belle animators to gain inspiration from Stoner's mannerisms and actions. Often when 2 or more animated Characters appear in a scene together they are drawn by separate animators. Sometimes those animators are not together as they drew the scenes. It's only later that the characters and background are merged to form a complete scene.
The outfit that Belle wears the most in Beauty and the Beast is a blue peasant dress with a white blouse. Her outfit also has a white apron on the front. While many believe that the idea for Belle's outfit was from Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz, it was actually created from the dress that Julie Andrews wore in The Sound of Music. The Dress that Belle is most famous for and the one she is depicted the most in the golden yellow ball gown. While Belle only wears this during the Ballroom sequence with the beast, this is by far her most elegant outfit.
Belle is one of the meetable and greet-able princess characters at the Walt Disney theme parks. Most likely she will be wearing her yellow Ball gown when you meet her inside the parks.
The voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast is from the talent of actress Paige O'Hara (born Donna Paige Helmintoller). O'Hara brings Belle to life like no other actress could. It is difficult to imagine but Belle's voice was actually played by another Actress, Jodi Benson, for the DVD movie “House of Mouse”. Benson did the best she could but nothing compares to Belle's original voice. Of course Robby Benson as the Voice of BEAST is irreplaceable too.
In the 2002 Special Edition of Beauty and the Beast there is 6 more minutes of scenes to see Belle in that were not apart from the original Movie release. This includes the scene of Belle reading to the Beast from Romeo and Juliet.
Belle has truly captured the hearts and imaginations of many of fans and has earned her place in history as one of the great Disney Princesses.