7 things you didn't now about Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' princess Belle
As Emma Watson gets her singing voice in gear to play Belle in Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast
Belle is the only Disney princess with hazel eyes. She was meant to look more 'European' than previous princesses and was given eyes slightly smaller than Ariel's. Incidentally, Emma Watson also happens to have hazel eyes.
Belle is supposed to be 18 years old. Emma is 6 years older at 24, but show me an actress who doesn't drop a few digits on screen?
Actress Sheri Stoner (see gallery above) was the live-action reference model for Disney princesses Belle and Ariel, from The Little Mermaid.
You may have seen the dance before...
Belle's dance with the Beast in the animated film was built from the same cells as Aurora's dance with the prince in Sleeping Beauty because the animators were stuck for time.
Belle's just like Kate
Belle was a princess but she wasn't of royal descent, much like Kate Middleton. And Cinderella.
It's all in the detail...
In an effort to subtly convey that Belle was not perfect, Beauty and the Beast screenwriter Linda Woolverton wrote that a little 'wisp of hair keeps falling in her face'. She paved the way for the modern-day princess Merida and her unruly auburn bonce.
Compared to Merida, Belle's a little quaint, but she was the first Disney princess to boast a bit more character, and was partly inspired by Katharine Hepburn’s feisty portrayal of Jo in the 1933 film version of Little Women.
Physically, however, she was inspired by both Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
In the animated film, Belle is shown to be outsider as the only character wearing blue. This mirrors the Beast who is later seen wearing blue too. See, they were meant for each other!