Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

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Paige O’Hara and Richard White
Publication 29. October 1991
Length 5:07, 1:03 (reprise)[1]
Text Howard Ashman
Music Alan Menken
Label Walt Disney Records
Award(s) Oscar (nominated)
Album Beauty and the Beast (Soundtrack)

Belle is a 1991 song written for the film Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman (lyrics).

Use in film

In the film, the song is used to introduce Belle and, to a lesser extent, Gaston. Belle is accompanied with it on her way to the bookstore in the village. While there, she is also seen by Gaston, and we learn that he plans to propose to her. The song is sung by Paige O’Hara and Richard White, the voice actors of Belle and Gaston. In the German version, the song is called Belle’s Song: Our Town and is sung by Jana Werner and Peter Edelmann.

The reprise shows Belle’s reason for rejecting Gaston’s marriage proposal. It is sung by Paige O’Hara. In the German version it is called Belle Reprise and is sung by Jana Werner.


Belle was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Motion Picture Song category.

The Oscar went to the film’s theme song, Beauty and the Beast. In an interview, the film’s producer, Don Hahn, said that Beauty and the Beast was significantly more promoted by the production in the run-up to the voting for the Oscars. The fear was that the votes on the three nominated songs (the third was Be Our Guest) would be spread out so that none would win the Oscar.[2]

Individual references

  1. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman – Beauty And The Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).In: Discogs. Retrieved 24 January 2016 (English).
  2. Oscars 1992: Producer Don Hahn on how ‘Beauty and the Beast’ changed animation.In:Entertainment Weekly. 22 February 2012, retrieved 24 January 2016 (English).