Disney was right to ditch its original Belle design for Beauty and the Beast

Character design is a delicate art, and for a company like Disney it can make or break not just a film, but the company’s reputation too. Back in 1991, the filmmaker had a lot riding on Beauty and the Beast, an animated musical that would revitalize its output with the first Disney heroine who did not dream of marrying a prince. But it seems that Belle could have looked very different from the character we know.

According to details revealed in a new book, Belle originally “kind of looked like Angelina Jolie” until animated decided that she was too glamorous and changed their designs. If you need to catch up on Disney’s latest releases, sign up for Disney Plus. But in the meantime, this is what we’ve learned about Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Belle speaks to a vase in Beauty and the Beast

Belle charms a vase in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Image credit: Disney)

Based on an 18th century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful young woman with a taste for adventure who has to swap her freedom to save her father before finally falling for her Jailer, the Beast. But apparently in the original concept art for the character, Belle was just a little too beautiful.

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