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“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

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Waly Disney’s 1991 animated musical romantic fantasy film, Beauty and the Beast, is the third film in a series of Renaissance films Disney released. 

Based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the unconventional relationship between Belle and the Beast — a prince who was magically turned into a monster and his servants into objects as a punishment for his self-importance. 

In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to selflessly love Belle and for her to love him in return. While Belle doesn’t start off as a princess, the love between her and the Beast makes her story a fairy tale. 

Their love story doesn’t start off the way the others do. The Beast holds Belle prisoner in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Belle’s sweet father trespasses the Beast’s home and imprisons him. Belle decides to take her father’s place and live in the castle with the Beast.

Pictured above is the castle where Belle is held captive. This may not actually be a bad place to be stuck.