Belle is the female protagonist of Disney's 1991 animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast. She is an intelligent and undeniably beautiful young woman whose traits are looked down upon in her small French village. As a result of her status as an outcast, Belle yearns to break out of the small-minded community to experience a life of adventure.
Why She Rocks
- She is the smartest and most intelligent of the Disney Princesses, she is also one of the most memorable.
- She loves reading books, which is why she is so smart.
- Unlike most Disney princesses, like Ariel or Snow White, Belle is quite aware that the villain of her movie (in her case, Gaston) is truly bad.
- Her design is beautiful and well-drawn, hence her name Belle literally translating to “Beauty”.
- She has a great personality, as shown from the townsfolks’ song about her.
- Due to her amazing beauty, many male characters have fallen for her at one point (Gaston, the Beast, townsfolk, Lumiere, etc.)
- She is a mixture of both Cinderella and Fa Mulan, as while she’s a damsel-in-distress she can also occasionally put her foot down and stand up for herself sometimes.
- While considered very beautiful, she is also willing to find people’s inner beauty, i.e. the Beast.
- She has an amazing singing voice.
- She was heavily flanderized in The Enchanted Christmas were she suddenly becomes an annoyingly happy sap trying to make him feel better, rather than the strong independent woman she was in the original film.
- Her 2015 Descendants version lacks the charm of the animated version. She is against the idea of welcoming the children of villains to Auradon and doesn't come to their aid later on either. What was the point of her movie again? If beauty was found on the outside, she might as well have married Gaston or joined the angry mob. Great life lesson Disney!
- Her character also wasn't as greatly portrayed in the live-action remake, where Emma Watson played her.