Wednesday 21 November 2018

7 things you didn't now about Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' princess Belle

Beauty and the Beast's Belle is the only princess with hazel eyes.
Beauty and the Beast's Belle is the only princess with hazel eyes.
Belle fans will be happy to know Emma Watson matches for eye colour...
Actress Sherri Stoner was the live action reference model for Belle and Ariel in the animated big screen versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.
Belle's dance with the Beast was built from the same cells as Aurora's dance with the prince in Sleeping Beauty
Aurora's dance with the prince in Sleeping Beauty.
Just like Kate Middleton, Belle wasn't born a princess
There's that wisp of hair - damning proof she's not perfect....
Little Women, Frances Dee, Jean Parker, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, 1933
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
Julie Andrews in 'The Sound of Music'
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

As Emma Watson gets her singing voice in gear to play Belle in Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast

Hazel eyes

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.

Sweet 18

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? 

Live action

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.

Inspiration

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.

Feeling blue

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!

READ: Emma Watson to star in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast

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