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"Belle" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. Originally recorded by actress Paige O'Hara and actor Richard White, "Belle" is a French and classical-inspired song that incorporates musical elements from both the Broadway and musical theater genres.

Summary

The film's first song, "Belle" is a large-scale operetta-style musical number that introduces the film's book-loving heroine Belle, a non-conforming young woman who has grown weary of the provincial village life that she is being forced to live, and Gaston who desires her hand in marriage. The reprise mentions how she not only wants to give up her village life but also not accept Gaston's hand in marriage.

Lyrics

Belle: Little town, it's a quiet village
Every day like the one before
Little town, full of little people
Waking up to say

Man 1: Bonjour!
Man 2: Bonjour!
Woman 1: Bonjour!
Man 3: Bonjour!
Man 4: Bonjour!

Belle: There goes the baker with his tray, like always
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Every morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor provincial town

Baker: Good morning, Belle!
Belle: Good morning, Monsieur.
Baker: Where are you off to?
Belle: The bookshop! I just finished the most wonderful story, about a beanstalk and an ogre and-
Baker: That's nice. Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!

Townsfolk: Look there she goes, that girl is strange, no question
Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
Woman: Never part of any crowd
Barber: Cause her head's up on some cloud
Townsfolk: No denying she's a funny girl that Belle

Man 1: Bonjour!
Woman 1: Good day!
Man 1: How is your fam'ly?
Woman 2: Bonjour!
Man 2: Good day!
Woman 2: How is your wife?
Woman 3: I need six eggs!
Man 3: That's too expensive!
Belle: There must be more than this provincial life!

Bookseller: Ah, Belle.

Belle: Good morning. I've come to return the book I borrowed.

Bookseller: Finished already?

Belle: Oh, I couldn't put it down. Have you got anything new?

Bookseller: Not since yesterday.

Belle: That's all right.
I'll borrow...this one!

Bookseller: That one? But you've read it twice!

Belle: Well, it's my favorite!
Far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!

Bookseller: If you like it all that much, it's yours!

Belle: But sir!

Bookseller: I insist.

Belle: Well, thank you.
Thank you very much!

Townsfolk: Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar
I wonder if she's feeling well
With a dreamy, far-off look
And her nose stuck in a book
What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle

Belle: Oh, isn't this amazing?
It's my favorite part because you'll see
Here's where she meets Prince Charming
But she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter three!

Woman: Now it's no wonder that her name means "beauty"
Her looks have got no parallel
Shopkeeper: But behind that fair façade
I'm afraid she's rather odd
Very diff'rent from the rest of us
Townsfolk: She's nothing like the rest of us
Yes, diff'rent from the rest of us is Belle!

LeFou: Wow! You didn't miss a shot, Gaston! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!
Gaston: I know!
LeFou: Huh. No beast alive stands a chance against you...and no girl for that matter!
Gaston: It's true, Lefou, and I've got my sights set on that one!
LeFou: The inventor's daughter?
Gaston: She's the one! The lucky girl I'm going to marry.
LeFou: But she's-
Gaston: The most beautiful girl in town.
LeFou: I know but-
Gaston: And that makes her the best. And don't I deserve the best?
LeFou: Well of course, I mean you do, but I mean...

Gaston: Right from the moment when I met her, saw her
I said she's gorgeous and I fell
Here in town there's only she
Who is as beautiful as me
So I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle

Bimbettes: Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Monsieur Gaston
Oh he's so cute!
Be still my heart
I'm hardly breathing
He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!

Man 1: Bonjour!
Gaston: Pardon!
Man 2: Good day!
Man 3: Mais oui!
Woman 1: You call this bacon?
Woman 2: What lovely grapes!
Man 4: Some cheese
Woman 3: Ten yards!
Man 4: one pound.
Gaston: ‘Scuse me!
Cheese merchant: I'll get the knife.
Gaston: Please let me through!
Woman 4: This bread-
Man 5: Those fish-
Woman 4: it's stale!
Man 5: they smell!
Baker: Madame's mistaken.
Townsfolk: Well, maybe so!
Good morning!
Oh, good morning!
Belle: There must be more than this provincial life!
Gaston: Just watch, I'm going to make Belle my wife!

Townsfolk: Look there she goes
The girl is strange, but special
A most peculiar mad'moiselle!
It's a pity and a sin
She doesn't quite fit in
'Cause she really is a funny girl
A beauty but a funny girl
She really is a funny girl
That Belle!

Man 1: Bonjour!
Woman 1: Bonjour!
Man 2: Bonjour!
Woman 2: Bonjour!
Man 3: Bonjour!
Man 4: Bonjour!

Belle: Is he gone?
Can you imagine? He asked me to marry him!
Me! The wife of that boorish, brainless...

Madame Gaston!
Can't you just see it?
Madame Gaston!
His little wife

No, sir!
Not me!
I guarantee it
I want much more than this provincial life!

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
I want it more than I can tell
And for once it might be grand
To have someone understand
I want so much more than they've got planned

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Trivia

  • "Belle" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, ultimately losing to the film's own title song.
  • When Belle is talking about her favorite book, there is foreshadowing to later parts of the movie, such as "daring swordfights" (like the battle between Gaston and the Beast, although ironically, blades weren't actually used during the battle until just prior to Gaston's death when he stabbed the Beast in the back), "magic spells" (in the castle and on its inhabitants), "far off places" (as the castle seems far away from the town, although the actual distance is ambiguous), and a "prince in disguise" (the Beast). When the librarian tells her "if you like it so much it's yours", he is telling her to have the book, but also foreshadowing that she would go on to live the tale itself.
    • In addition, the book that Belle was reading (which the sheep briefly bites a page off) is implied from her description to be Sleeping Beauty, which was later confirmed in the New Fantasyland attraction version of Belle's Cottage, which shows both the original book Belle's mom read to her as a child (explaining why it was her favorite) and the book that she acquired from the bookkeeper.
  • In the first speaking portion of the song, when conversing with the Baker, her description of the book implied that the book she had finished and returned was Jack and the Beanstalk. Although Jack and the Beanstalk's earliest known publishing date was in 1807, which at first glance would conflict with the setting of the film being late 18th Century France, the story itself preceded that date significantly, with a similar story, The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean, being included in the 1734 second edition of Round About Our Coal-Fire.
  • There is a brief moment of fourth-wall breaking in the ending of the song. Shortly after the final verses of the song (where the crowd is tailing her and singing about how she's odd while exchanging "bonjours"), Belle briefly snaps back a look, and the townspeople proceed to resume to their duties as if nothing happened.
  • Similar to "Under the Sea" in the Official Comic Adaptation for The Little Mermaid, the song was incorporated into dialogue in the Official Comic Adaptation for the film.
    • In addition, in the fifth issue of the Beauty and the Beast comic serial published by Marvel Comics, her flashback to the village referenced the events of the opening song, or rather, the scene immediately after it.
  • The woman who sings "Bonjour! // How is Your Wife?" originally was supposed to be a mother with her child tagging along, as well as wearing a far more conservative outfit.[1]
  • During the village chatter scene near the end of the song, there are some anachronisms and errors in the statements: Specifically, a woman and a man requested for 10 yards and a pound of something, respectively. In the setting the film took place in, late 18th century France (implied to be the prelude to the French Revolution by Glen Keane), the actual measurements used during this time were hands and feet, with the Metric system only being established during the events of the French Revolution. In addition, the measurement terms of "yard" and "pound" belonged to the US Customary measurement system, something that isn't used in France even in the present day, let alone during the setting of the film.

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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandSittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2A Masterpiece for the MasterDeck the Halls for Belle with HollyBelle, Book and CastleBound to SurpriseThe Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)The Legacy Collection

Disney Parks
Animated film: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the BeastDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincesses CastlePrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Movie MagicDisney Illuminations
Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouMagicalOnce Upon a TimeWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Halloween: It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: Disney Christmas Stories

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipChip's siblingsChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's BuddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's SistersBelle's SuitorsBelle's mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Book Characters: Countess de la PerleThunderLoveDeath
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay

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