Belle as she appears in the beginning of the movie.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules by John Grant
Character Description of Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)
It was decided early that the movie's heroine should display a lot more spirit than the somewhat passive virtue of the character in the original fairy tale. The liveaction performance for the animators' reference was supplied by Sherri Stoner, the actress who had not long before served the same funtion so very excellently for The Little Mermaid's Ariel, another feisty female part. Belle's part was spoken and sung by Paige O'Hara, a...