One of the most iconic voices in Disney’s history is by far Paige O’Hara as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. I had the pleasure to meet her at a D23 Expo in Anaheim a number of years back. I can say that Paige is a sweetheart, but I think a “tale as old as time” only lasts so long.
Paige O’Hara was asked to sing on stage at the event, and you could see that age is something not kept magically in a glass jar. Ultimately the voice goes, and the amazing song with it. Belle, as a character, has one of the most recognizable voices in Disney. I put her and Jodi Benson as Ariel in the same class. Voices so powerful, so magical, hearing them sing (in their prime) would bring tears. The cast returned to the Alice Tully Hall, 25 years after it made its much acclaimed debut with a “work in progress” screening, when Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening in celebration of the upcoming “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” release.
In September 1991, two months before its theatrical release, Beauty and the Beast screened as a “Work in Progress” to much acclaim. The film’s screening was debuted at the New York Film Festival in Alice Tully Hall. What makes this debut awesome? Today, Beauty and the Beast returned to Lincoln Center for the first time since that screening 25 years ago.
Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara). Belle is an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast. Beast is voiced by Robby Benson, who lives in his castle isolated. Even though Belle has a precarious situation, and the fact that her father is captive, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff. Enter a famous teapot, candelabra and a mantel clock. Many other characters join and ultimately learn to see beneath the Beast’s exterior. It is not easy for Belle to discover the heart and soul of a prince underneath. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection. On Sept. 6 it comes to Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and releases on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.