Beauty and the Beast
The Complete Script
Compiled by Ben Scripps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NARRATOR: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired,the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast? (We have seen a progression of stained glass windows illustrating the narration,as well as BEAST shredding his portrait. The camera slowly zooms out from the castle and we see the title. Fade up on the home of BELLE. She exits the front door and begins her walk into town.) BELLE: Little town, it's a quiet village
Every day, like the one before
Little town, full of little people
Waking up to say...
TOWNSFOLK 1: Bonjour! TOWNSFOLK 2: Bonjour! TOWNSFOLK 3: Bonjour!
TOWNSFOLK 4: Bonjour!
TOWNSFOLK 5: Bonjour!
BELLE: There goes the baker with his tray like always
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Every morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor provincial town...
BAKER: Good morning, Belle!
(BELLE jumps over to the bakery)
BELLE: Morning monsieur!
BAKER: Where are you off to?
BELLE: The bookshop! I just finished the most wonderful story, about
a beanstalk and an ogre and...
BAKER: (Ignoring her) That's nice...Marie, the baguettes! Hurry up!!
TOWNSFOLK: Look there she goes, that girl is strange no question
Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
WOMAN 1: Never part of any crowd
BARBER: Cause her head's up on some cloud
TOWNSFOLK: No denying she's a funny girl, that Belle!
(BELLE jumps on the back of a wagon and rides through town)