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Beauty and the Beast (2017) is a 2017 live-action film.

Transcripts "Beauty and the Beast"

                             BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


                                  Written by
                    Stephen Chbosky & Evan Spiliotopoulos



                      Based on the 1991 Animated Film
                            "Beauty and the Beast"
                      Screenplay by Linda Woolverton



                                                  August 10, 2016

1 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - NIGHT 1

   A MAGNIFICENT CASTLE. Resplendent, bespeaking great wealth and  
   power. The grounds and stonework immaculate.
                       NARRATOR (V.O.)
             Once upon a time in the hidden heart of
             France, a handsome young Prince lived in
             a beautiful castle...
   RACK FOCUS to a single RED ROSE clinging to a rose bush on a      
   stormy spring night. A WEATHERED HAND plucks the rose.            
                       NARRATOR (V.O.)
             Although he had everything his heart
             desired, the Prince was selfish and                     
             unkind.

2 INT. BALLROOM ENTRANCE - CASTLE - NIGHT 2

   TIGHT ON THE PRINCE being groomed by his servants. (We do not
   see their faces.) A FRENCH MAID paints an exotic animal mask
   on the Prince's face with a feather brush. A TALL VALET drapes
   the Prince with an elaborately bejeweled coat.
                        NARRATOR (V.O.)
             He taxed the village to fill his
             castle with the most beautiful                          
             objects...
   The MAID dusts his wig with powder -
                       MAID                                          
             Poof poof...                                            
   - while a MAJORDOMO holds a POCKET WATCH, indicating that they  
   are running late.
                       MAJORDOMO                                     
             Master, it's time.                                      
   With a haughty wave, the Prince instructs his FOOTMAN to
   bring more light.
                       FOOTMAN                                       
             Oui, maître.                                            
   A CANDELABRA is lifted to the preening Prince as he looks at
   himself in an ornate HAND MIRROR.
                       NARRATOR (V.O.)                               
             ... and his parties with the most                       
             beautiful people.                                       
                                                                2.


3 INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 3

   The ornate room is filled with BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE from all              
   corners of the world, each on display for the Prince's                
   pleasure. A circle of eligible maidens bow their heads.               
   Seated in a throne chair dominated by a majestic COAT OF              
   ARMS, the Prince snaps his fingers impatiently at an ITALIAN          
   MAESTRO, who smiles, revealing comically rotten teeth.                
   The maestro sits at a harpsichord and motions to his wife, a
   LARGE DIVA holding a TINY BICHON FRISÉ. As the music begins,
   the Prince steps forward.
   The diva fills the room with a voice as big as her frame.
   The Prince performs a ROUNDELAY with several debutantes:
                       DIVA
             Oh how divine
             Glamour, music and magic combine
             See the maidens so anxious to shine
             Look for a sign that enhances
             Chances
             She'll be his special one

5 INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 5

   The dance speeds up. The Prince connects momentarily with a           
   beautiful woman -- but quickly moves on when his eye catches
   someone even more dazzling:
                       DIVA
             What a display!
             What a breathtaking thrilling array
                 (coos to the dog)
             Every prince, every dog has his day
             Let us sing with passion, gusto
             Fit to bust - oh
             Not a care in the world
   KNOCK KNOCK. The Prince stops. Then a gust of wind blows open  
   the windows. Sconces flicker and go dark. The figure enters
   in silhouette, hobbling on a CANE.
   Furious, the Prince grabs a lit candelabra from the Footman.
   He rudely pushes through the crowd, sweeping people from his
   path. He crosses to the windows, finally revealing --
   AN OLD BEGGAR WOMAN shivering from the rain. She looks to the
   Prince with hope and offers him -- A RED ROSE.
                       NARRATOR (V.O.)
             Then, one night, an unexpected intruder                     
             arrived at the castle, seeking shelter
             from the bitter storm. As a gift, she
             offered the Prince a single rose.
                                                           3.


The PRINCE'S HAND waves her off. The woman begs on her knees. The Prince motions to the staff.

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the
         Prince turned the woman away. But she                      
         warned him not to be deceived by
         appearances, for beauty is found within.

The majordomo and footman approach to usher her out. The woman lowers her head as if to cry --

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         And when he dismissed her again, the old
         woman's outward appearance melted away
         to reveal...

Suddenly, the old woman's cape and hood cocoon. AN ERUPTION OF LIGHT as she transforms into...

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         ...a beautiful Enchantress.

The wind picks up inside the room. Frightened, the Prince falls to his knees.

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         The Prince tried to apologize but it
         was too late. For she had seen that
         there was no love in his heart.                            

As the Prince begs for mercy, his body begins to transform. His jewelry pops off. His clothing rips as he grows larger.

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         As punishment, she transformed him
         into a hideous beast...

The guests scream in horror and flee. But pushing his way through the crowd, A YOUNG BOY slips into the ballroom, watching in wonder as -- the PRINCE'S SHADOW twists into the SHADOW OF A HIDEOUS BEAST.

The boy's mother frantically follows him inside --

                    BOY'S MOTHER                                    
         Chip!   Chip! Oh my...                                     

-- just as the doors slam shut, leaving the staff, the entertainers and the dog trapped in the room.

                   NARRATOR (V.O.)
         ... and placed a powerful spell on the
         castle and all who lived there.
                                                               4.


5A INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 5A

    CLOSE ON a portrait of the handsome prince -- as the beast's        
    giant paw slashes it.                                               

6 EXT. CASTLE - NIGHT 6

    Years later, the enchanted castle stands isolated. The         
    property is surrounded by an ice hedge. The only sound is the
    grim winter wind. As we move closer:                           
                        NARRATOR (V.O.)
              As days bled into years, the Prince
              and his servants were forgotten by the
              world. For the Enchantress had erased
              all memory of them from the minds of                      
              the people they loved.                                    

7 EXT./INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 7

    At the highest window of the west wing, we see THE BEAST. The  
    ROSE, already wilting, floats before him. To protect it, the
    beast has covered it with a glass bell jar.                    
                        NARRATOR (V.O.)
              But the rose she had offered was truly
              an enchanted rose. If he could learn to
              love another and earn their love in
              return by the time the last petal fell,
              the spell would be broken. If not, he
              would be doomed to remain a beast for
              all time.
    TIGHT ON THE ROSE -- another petal drops.
                        NARRATOR (V.O.)
              As the years passed, he fell into
              despair and lost all hope. For who
              could ever learn to love a beast?

8 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - MORNING 8

    The front door of a cozy cottage opens to reveal -- BELLE, a     
    pure beauty blessed with intelligent, fiercely inquisitive eyes.
    With book in hand, she takes a deep breath of morning air and
    gazes toward the church which peeks above the village rooftops.
                        BELLE
              Little town, it's a quiet village
              Every day like the one before
              Little town full of little people
              Waking up to say...
    Belle looks at the clock on the church counting to 8am.   Wait
    for it. 3. 2. 1.
                                                               5.


9 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - MORNING 9

   On cue, the villagers begin their day. A HOUSEWIFE opens a           
   window, nods to a WOMAN shaking out a rug nearby. A BUTCHER          
   opens his shop, waves to a COBBLER moving past with his cart.        
                        VILLAGERS
             Bonjour.   Bonjour. Bonjour.   Bonjour.
   An old VAGRANT is the only one to notice Belle, smiling at her  
   as he's tossed inside a HOLDING TANK by two GENDARMES.          
                        VAGRANT
             Bonjour.
   Belle weaves between the villagers, making herself invisible.        
   She passes a harried BAKER, buys a baguette --                       
                       BELLE
             There goes the baker with his tray like
             always
             The same old bread and rolls to sell
   Belle approaches JEAN, the potter, tending to his MULE.              
                       BELLE (CONT'D)
             Every morning just the same
             Since the morning that we came
             To this poor provincial town
                       JEAN
             Good morning, Belle
   Jean scratches his head, trying to remember something.    He         
   searches his cart which is loaded with pottery.
                       BELLE
             Good morning, Monsieur Jean.   Have you
             lost something again?
                       JEAN
             I believe I have. Problem is, I can't
             remember what. Well, I'm sure it will
             come to me.
   As she leaves:                                                       
                       JEAN (CONT'D)
             Where are you off to?
                       BELLE
             To return this book to Pere Robert.
             It's about two lovers in fair Verona.
                       JEAN                                             
             Sounds boring.                                             
                                                              6.


    Later -- Belle passes SCHOOL BOYS as they march into the school  
    house. Their heads turn in unison.
                        SCHOOL BOYS                                  
              Look there she goes
              That girl is strange, no question
    The NASTY HEADMASTER ushers them in impatiently.                 
                        NASTY HEADMASTER
              Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
    As the boys scramble into school, Belle steps on the stones
    over the duck pond -- revealing GIRLS forced into "woman's       
    work" chores, washing clothes in the circular laverie.
    They're surrounded by women kneading clothes on barrels.         
                        WASHER WOMEN                                 
              Never part of any crowd
              `Cause her head's up on some cloud
                         LITTLE GIRLS
              No denying she's a funny girl
              That Belle
    A FLIRTATIOUS FARMER approaches a PRETTY FISHMONGER'S WIFE.      
                        FARMER                                       
              Bonjour, good day, how is your family?
                        PRETTY FISHMONGER'S WIFE                     
                  (pointed)
              Bonjour, good day, how is your wife?
    THE FISHMONGER pops up next to his wife, sending the would-be-  
    Lothario into retreat. Another fishmonger, the shrewish         
    CLOTHILDE, accosts him:                                         
                        CLOTHILDE
              I need six eggs
    The FARMER points out the price.   Belle moves past.             
                        CLOTHILDE (CONT'D)
              That's too expensive
                        BELLE
              There must be more than this provincial
              life

10 INT. CHURCH VESTRY - DAY 10

    Belle escapes into the peace and serenity of a country
    church. Jolly PERE ROBERT looks up as she enters.
                                                                7.


                            PERE ROBERT
                 Well! If it isn't the only bookworm                   
                 in town. So where did you run off to                  
                 this week?
                           BELLE
                 Two cities in Northern Italy.    I                    
                 didn't want to come back.                             
    Belle hands "Romeo and Juliet" to Pere Robert, who dutifully
    returns it to the shelves of the town's "library": a COUPLE
    DOZEN BOOKS in total. She remains hopeful.
                           BELLE (CONT'D)
                 Have you got any new places to go?
                           PERE ROBERT
                 I'm afraid not. But you may reread
                 any of the old ones that you'd like.
                           BELLE
                 Thank you, Pere Robert. Your library
                 almost makes our small corner of the                  
                 world feel big.                                       
    He smiles.    Belle picks up a new book and smiles back.
                           PERE ROBERT
                 Bon voyage.

11 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - DAY 11

    ANGLE ON BELLE -- nose planted in her book, she walks down
    into the crowded market which is just being set up. Belle          
    passes TOM, DICK, and STANLEY - all burly, tough guys.             
                           TOM, DICK & STANLEY                         
                 Look -- there she goes
                 The girl is so peculiar
    Belle buys jam then glides past an APOTHECARY's open cart:         
                           APOTHECARY                                  
                 I wonder if she's feeling well
    Belle ducks under CHEESE SELLERS carrying their trays:             
                           CHEESE SELLERS                              
                 With a dreamy far-off look
                 And her nose stuck in a book
                 What a puzzle to the rest of us
                 Is Belle
    Behind her, FLORISTS pass with huge bouquets. It's a glorious
    parade but Belle remains oblivious as she continues to read...  
                                                               8.


                         BELLE                                         
               Oh... isn't this amazing?
               It's my favorite part because you'll see
               Here's where she meets Prince Charming
               But she won't discover that it's him
               `Til chapter three
     Three fashion-crazed VILLAGE LASSES -- all dressed in the same    
     style -- pop their heads from the windows of the dress shop.      
     Their MOTHER, who is besotted with Belle, heads outside when      
     she sees her:                                                     
                         VILLAGE LASSES' MOTHER                        
               Now it's no wonder that her name means
               "Beauty"
               Her looks have got no parallel
     Her daughters follow, seething with jealousy:                     
                         VILLAGE LASS #1                               
               But behind that fair facade
               I'm afraid she's rather odd
                         VILLAGE LASSES' MOTHER                        
                   (greets Belle)                                      
               Very different from the rest of us
                         VILLAGE LASSES                                
               She's nothing like the rest of us
               Yes, different from the rest of us
     Belle slips through the crowd.                                    
                          VILLAGERS                                    
               Is Belle                                                

11A EXT. VILLAGE PROMONTORY - DAY 11A

     Looking down on the village is GASTON, a dashingly handsome       
     war hero clad in a dazzling gold breastplate. The only thing      
     bigger than his muscles is his ego. Strapped on his saddle        
     is a musket and the spoils of his hunt: rabbit, fox, and
     fowl. Riding beside him is Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-       
     camp and devoted best friend LEFOU.
     Through his spyglass, Gaston spots Belle.                         
                         GASTON
               Look at her, LeFou. My future wife.                     
               Belle is the most beautiful girl in                     
               the village. That makes her the best.                   
                         LEFOU
               But she's so well-read, and you're
               so...
                   (about to say "not")
               Athletically inclined.                                  
                                                          9.


                   GASTON
         I know. Belle can be as argumentative
         as she is beautiful.
                   LEFOU
         Exactly, who needs her, when you've                   
         got us!                                               
                   GASTON
         Yes, but ever since the war I've been                 
         missing something. And she's the only
         girl I've met who gives me that sense
         of...
                   LEFOU                                       
         Je ne sais quoi?                                      
                   GASTON                                      
         I don't know what that means.                         
                                                               

EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - DAY

Gaston and LeFou ride through the village gates. Gaston motions toward Belle in the village square. Geese flock around her feet, seeming to follow her.

                   GASTON
             (singing)
         Right from the moment when I met her,
         saw her
         I said she's gorgeous and I fell
         Here in town there's only she
         Who is beautiful as me
         So I'm making plans to woo and marry
         Belle

As Gaston passes, the lasses try to catch his eye.

                   VILLAGE LASSES
         Look there he goes, isn't he dreamy
         Monsieur Gaston, oh he's so cute
         Be still my heart I'm hardly breathing
         He's such a tall, dark, strong and
         handsome brute

As Gaston dismounts, the lasses get splattered with mud from his horse's hooves. LeFou shoots them a look, whispers:

                   LEFOU                                       
         It's never gonna happen, ladies.                      

Noticing Belle crossing the market, Gaston starts off in pursuit. He grabs flowers from the PERFUME STALL and makes a bouquet. As they each make their way through the market:

   WASHER WOMEN #1, 2, 3                    GASTON                 

Bonjour! Pardon!

                                                             10.


            BELLE                              BARMAID                 

Good day. Mais oui!

            TOM                            HOUSEWIFE #1                

You call this bacon? What lovely flowers!

       CHEESEMAKER #2                      WOOD CARRIER                

Some cheese... ...Ten yards!

        BREAD BUYER                            GASTON                  

...One pound. `Scuse me!

       CHEESEMAKER #1                    GASTON (CONT'D)               

I'll get the knife. Please let me through!

         JAM SELLER                          COBBLER                   

This bread... Those fish...

         JAM SELLER                      COBBLER (CONT'D)              

It's stale! They smell!

           BELLE                              GASTON

There must be more than this Just watch -- I'm going to provincial life! make Belle my wife!

The image swells to reveal the whole village, singing.

                     ALL
           Look there she goes a girl who's
           Strange but special
           A most peculiar mademoiselle
           It's a pity and a sin
           She doesn't quite fit in!
                     VILLAGE LASSES
           But she really is a funny girl
                     VILLAGE MEN
           A beauty but a funny girl
                     ALL
           She really is a funny girl that Belle!                  

Slightly out of breath, Gaston finally catches up with Belle.

                     GASTON
           Good morning, Belle!   Wonderful book you               
           have there.
                     BELLE
           You've read it?
                     GASTON
           Well, not that one. But, you know.                      
           Books.                                                  
               (hands her the flowers)
           For your dinner table. Shall I join you
           this evening?                                           
                                                               11.


                        BELLE                                          
              Sorry, not tonight.                                      
                         GASTON                                        
              Busy?                                                    
                         BELLE                                         
              No.                                                      
    A mortified smile and Belle is off.   LeFou approaches.            
                         LEFOU                                         
              So.   Moving on?                                         
                        GASTON
              No, LeFou. It's the ones who play                        
              hard to get that are always the                          
              sweetest prey.                                           
                        GASTON (CONT'D)                                
              That's what makes Belle so appealing.                    
              She hasn't made a fool of herself just                   
              to gain my favor. What would you call                    
              that?                                                    
                         LEFOU                                         
              Dignity?                                                 
                        GASTON                                         
              It's outrageously attractive, isn't                      
              it?                                                      
    Gaston looks at the village lasses standing outside of the         
    tavern. They all give him the eye. Gaston saunters over.           

12 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - DAY 12

    Belle hears the tinkle of a sweet MUSIC BOX tune wafting out of  
    her father's basement workshop.                                  

13 INT. CELLAR WORK ROOM - BELLE'S COTTAGE - DAY 13

    Belle descends into to her father's dusty work room. Sunlight  
    spotlights MAURICE hunched over his workspace. Belle quietly
    watches as he sings along with the music box theme.            
                        MAURICE                                        
              How does a moment last forever?                          
              How can a story never die?                               
              It is love we must hold on to                            
              Never easy -- but we try                                 
    Maurice tinkers with gears on the box, which depicts an artist  
    in a Parisian garret, painting his wife's portrait as she holds
    a red rose above their baby.                                     
                                                        12.


                     MAURICE (CONT'D)
           Sometimes our happiness is captured
           Somehow a time and place stand still
           Love lives on inside our hearts
           And always will
               (seeing Belle)
           Oh, good, Belle, you're back. Can you                
           please hand me the --

Before he can say the word "screwdriver" it's in his hand.

                        MAURICE (CONT'D)
           And the --                                           

Tweezers. Then Belle hands him a small hammer...

                     MAURICE (CONT'D)                           
           No no I don't need --                                

... just as a spring pops off.

                     MAURICE (CONT'D)                           
           Actually yes, that's exactly what I                  
           need.                                                

He goes back to tinkering. Belle gazes at other music boxes, each a small work of art, depicting famous landmarks from around the world.

                     BELLE
           Papa, do you think I'm odd?
                     MAURICE
           My daughter? Odd?     Where did you get              
           an idea like that?
                     BELLE
           I don't know. People talk.                           
                     MAURICE                                    
           Oh. People. This village may be                      
           small, small-minded even, but small                  
           also means safe.                                     

Maurice can see this line of argument doesn't do much for his daughter.

                     MAURICE (CONT'D)
           Even back in Paris, I knew a girl who                
           was so different, so daring, so ahead
           of her time that people mocked her
           until the day they found themselves
           imitating her.                                       
                     BELLE                                      
           Just tell me one more thing about her.               
                                                              13.


     Maurice turns to the music box as if to change the subject.        
     But looking back up to Belle's eagerness, he relents.              
                         MAURICE                                        
               Your mother was... fearless.                             
               Fearless.                                                
     With that, Maurice closes his music box.                           

14 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - DAY 14

     As Maurice carefully loads his music boxes onto his wagon,         
     Belle tends to the family's old glue horse, PHILIPPE.              
     Maurice climbs into the wagon, and smiles down at his              
     daughter.                                                          
                         MAURICE
               What would you like me to bring you from
               the market?
                         BELLE
               A rose like the one in the painting.
                         MAURICE
               You ask for that every year.
                         BELLE
               And every year, you bring it.
                         MAURICE
               Then I shall bring you another. You                      
               have my word. Come on, Philippe!                         
                         BELLE                                          
               I'll see you tomorrow!                                   
                           MAURICE                                      
               Tomorrow!    With the rose!                              
     As Maurice rides away, Belle's warmth gives way to concern.        
                         BELLE                                          
                   (to herself)                                         
               Stay safe...                                             

14A INT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - TACKROOM - DAY 14A

     Surrounded by design sketches, Belle's workbench features a        
     small model of her `washing machine' prototype. Belle places       
     the miniature barrel in position... fastens a rope to a            
     leather strap... shaves chips off a block of soap... collects      
     the soap chips in a small sack... and rushes out.                  

15 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - LAVERIE - DAY 15

     A young WASHER GIRL watches as --                                  
                                                             14.


    Belle tosses clothes and some soap chips into an empty BARREL  
    and rolls it into the fountain! It bobs on its side. Tying the 
    other end of the strap to the mule's harness, she sets him     
    walking around the circular laverie...
                        WASHER GIRL
              What are you doing?
                        BELLE
              The laundry.
    With a smile, Belle points to the rotating barrel, which now    
    resembles a very early Whirlpool washing machine. Belle takes  
    her book and quietly begins to read. After a moment, she looks  
    up to find the washer girl staring at her, speechless.          
                        BELLE (CONT'D)                                
              Come!                                                   
    Belle waves for the girl to join her.                             

16 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - LAVERIE - DAY (LATER) 16

    The NASTY HEADMASTER emerges from the school house to see --      
    The barrel is now filled with sudsy clothes. Belle is sitting
    with the washer girl. She holds a book open, teaching the girl  
    to read.
                        WASHER GIRL                                   
                  (struggling)                                        
              The blue bird flies...                                  
                        BELLE                                         
              ...over the dark wood.                                  
                        NASTY HEADMASTER
              What on earth are you doing?
    He is joined by the fishmonger CLOTHILDE, outraged.               
                        NASTY HEADMASTER (CONT'D)
              Teaching another girl to read? Isn't                    
              one enough?                                             
    Belle locks eyes with the headmaster, then turns back to the
    girl. The headmaster seethes.
                        CLOTHILDE
              We have to do something.

18 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - LAVERIE - DAY (LATER) 18

    Belle's washing machine is hauled out of the laverie and          
    dumped onto the ground. She collects her laundry from the         
    dirt, trying to remain poised before the gawking crowd.           
                                                              15.


17 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - DAY (LATER) 17

    Gaston shakes his head and laughs, absolutely smitten.
                        GASTON
              You are the wildest, most beautiful
              thing I've ever seen. No one deserves
              you, but at least I know our children
              will be beautiful.
    A reverse angle reveals Gaston was addressing his reflection        
    in a shop window.                                                   
                        LEFOU (O.S.)                                    
              Am I catching you at a bad time?                          
                        GASTON                                          
              What is it, LeFou?
                        LEFOU
              A certain damsel is in distress.                          
                        GASTON
              Oh well. It's hero time.
                  (to his reflection)                                   
              I'm not done with you yet.                                
    And he's off.   LeFou steps up to the mirror.                       
                        LEFOU                                           
              Me neither.                                               

19 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - DAY (LATER) 19

    Gaston follows Belle back to her cottage.                           
                        GASTON                                          
              Belle! Heard you had a little trouble                     
              with the headmaster. He never liked                       
              me, either. Can I give you a little                       
              advice about the villagers, though?                       
              They're never going to trust the kind
              of change we're trying to bring.                          
    Pursuing her into her garden, he trampling cabbages.                
                        BELLE
              All I wanted was to teach a child to                      
              read.
                        GASTON
              The only children you should concern
              yourself with are... your own.
    Belle looks for a way out.   She doesn't like where this is         
    going.
                                                               16.


                        BELLE
              I'm not ready to have children.                           
                        GASTON
              Maybe you haven't met the right man.                      
                        BELLE
              It's a small village, Gaston.     I've                    
              met them all.
                        GASTON
              Maybe you should take another look.                       
              Some of us have changed.                                  
    She climbs the steps to her cottage door.    Gaston follows         
    close behind.                                                       
                        BELLE                                           
              Gaston, we could never make each other                    
              happy. No one can change that much.                       
                        GASTON                                          
              Belle, do you know what happens to                        
              spinsters in our village after their                      
              fathers die?                                              
    Gaston motions to the street, where we find AGATHE, a               
    spinster, late 30's, dirty and homeless, rattling her cup:          
    "alms for the poor?"                                                
                        GASTON (CONT'D)                                 
              They beg for scraps, like poor Agathe.                    
              This is our world, Belle. For simple                      
              folk like us, it doesn't get any better.
                        BELLE
              I might be a farm girl, but I'm not                       
              simple. I'm sorry, but I will never
              marry you, Gaston.
    Gaston keeps the gallant smile plastered as she shuts the door  
    in his face.                                                    

20 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - SUNSET 20

    Belle watches Gaston leave.   She opens the door.                   
                        BELLE
              Can you imagine? Me, the wife of that                     
              boorish, brainless...                                     
    She turns away from the home she thinks she will never              
    escape.                                                             
                        BELLE (CONT'D)
              Madame Gaston, can't you just see it
              Madame Gaston, his little wife
              No sir, not me, I guarantee it
                        (MORE)
                                                                17.
                        BELLE (CONT'D)
              I want much more than this
              Provincial life...

21 EXT. VILLAGE PROMONTORY - SUNSET 21

    Belle races up the hills to the outskirts of town. When she
    reaches the highest point, we circle around to reveal the town
    spread out beneath her.
                        BELLE
              I want adventure in the great wide
              somewhere
              I want it more than I can tell
              And for once it might be grand
              To have someone understand
              I want so much more than
              They've got planned
    As the last rays of light fade we RISE to reveal a forest in the
                                                                    
    distance, where the skies begin to rage. A swirling wind and a  
    streak of...

22 EXT. WOODS - EVENING 22

    Lightning. The sky flashes.     The wind picks up.   Worried,
    Maurice urges Philippe on.                                            
                        MAURICE
              The woods are lovely, aren't they                           
              Philippe...? I only wish I recognized                       
              them. Do you know where we are?                             
              Because I don't.                                            
    As the woods get darker, a WITHERED TREE that looks like an
    ELDERLY PERSON'S CANE is struck by lightning.                         
                           MAURICE (CONT'D)                               
              Whoa!                                                       
    The tree splits in two, one half falling into the road,               
    revealing... a HIDDEN PATH. Philippe whinnies nervously.              
                        MAURICE (CONT'D)                                  
              Hmm... yes, we can go this way. Walk                        
              on! One path closes, another one                            
              opens.                                                      
    They leave the blocked road and head down the path.    Maurice        
    looks down to see a light snow cover on the ground.    Philippe       
    snorts.                                                               
                        MAURICE (CONT'D)                                  
              It's all right boy, it's just a bit of                      
              snow... in June.                                            
    And they descend into --                                              
                                                             18.


23 EXT. ENCHANTED WOODS - EVENING 23

    We have entered another world. A light, whirling snow
    descends on Maurice, dusting his coat. The clippity-clop of
    hooves echo in stillness.                                          
    Suddenly, A WHITE WOLF roars out of the bushes, barely missing  
    them. Gaze darting, Maurice notices WHITE WOLVES running on an  
    icy ledge above him. The wolves keep pace, massing to overrun
    him.
                        MAURICE
              Go, Philippe! Hurry!
    Maurice urges his horse on, but his rickety cart starts to
    buckle. A HARNESS IS LOOSE.                                        
    The wolves leap in front of the cart, which comes undone,
    tipping over on its side. The chest of music boxes smashes open 
    on the ground. Maurice is launched up onto a ridge -- and finds 
    himself face-to-face with the snarling and scarred ALPHA WOLF.  
    Terrified, Maurice turns and begins sliding down the snowy ridge
                                                                    
    -- towards a trio of wolves waiting below.                      
                          MAURICE (CONT'D)                             
              Philippe!                                                
    As Maurice drops from the ridge, Philippe appears beneath him --
                                                                    
    and Maurice lands on his back!                                  
                          MAURICE (CONT'D)                             
              Go!   Go!                                                
    Philippe rides. PAWS crush twigs -- SLAVERING JAWS -- EYES mad  
    with hunger -- a gleam of FANGS -- Philippe gallops. Maurice
    races toward the CASTLE ICE GATES -- which churn open as the    
    wolves draw near.
    Maurice and Philippe speed through the gates as the wolves skid
    to a stop, their HOWLS turning to YELPS OF FEAR.

24 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - EVENING 24

    Maurice stares in open-mouth awe at THE BEAST'S CASTLE. A grey  
    edifice seemingly growing out of stone and reaching to troubled  
    skies. It feels like a place hiding its face from the world.  
                        MAURICE                                        
                  (to Philippe)                                        
              Oh Philippe, you saved my life...                        
              They'll have to get their dinner                         
              somewhere else.                                          
    ANGLE ON MAURICE -- as he draws near the castle, he notices a      
    colonnade filled with WHITE ROSE BUSHES. Just beyond, he sees      
    the door to the STABLES swinging in the wind. A LAMP has been      
    lit inside. As if inviting a tired traveler.                       
                                                                    19.


    Maurice strokes Philippe's neck.                                       
                           MAURICE (CONT'D)                                
                 Water, fresh hay. Looks like you're                       
                 set, old friend. Rest here...                             
    Warily, Maurice peers out at the intimidating castle.
                           MAURICE (CONT'D)
                 While I pay my respects to our unwitting                  
                 host... whoever that may be...                            
    He leaves.    Philippe stares uneasily at a statue of a horse.

25 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - EVENING 25

    Cautiously, Maurice approaches the castle door. He gazes up at
    a row of TORCHES held by sculpted iron hands. The hands are so
    life-like, does a double-take.                                  
                            MAURICE                                        
                 Hm.                                                       
    Then --

26 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 26

    -- the DOOR OPENS with a creak.      Maurice peers in.
                            MAURICE
                 Hello?   Anyone home?
    Silence. Flashes of lightning illuminate a once-elegant space  
    now fallen into disrepair.
                           MAURICE (CONT'D)
                 Forgive me, I don't mean to intrude.   I
                 need shelter from the storm. Hello?
    Maurice puts his hat and coat on a COAT RACK at the entrance.
    Maurice turns, not seeing the coat rack shake the snow off.
    Maurice explores,     scanning the room and its FURNITURE --           
    TABLES, CHAIRS, A     FEATHER DUSTER. A MANTLE CLOCK AND               
    CANDELABRA SIT ON     A TABLE. As Maurice passes them, the             
    candelabra slowly     TURNS -- as if watching him. This is             
    LUMIÈRE, formerly     head footman to the Prince.                      
                           LUMIÈRE                                         
                 Must have lost his way in the woods...                    
    The candelabra continues craning -- while the mantle clock     
    beside it remains rigid. Meet COGSWORTH, every bit the stiff-  
    upper-lip majordomo.                                           
                           COGSWORTH                                       
                     (whispers)                                            
                 Shut up, you idiot.                                       
                                                                 20.


     Hearing this, Maurice spins -- but sees only an ordinary           
     candelabra and clock on the table. Curious, he approaches,         
     leaning down to the clock...                                       
                         MAURICE                                        
               Mm... extraordinary.                                     
     He picks up the candelabra, inspecting it.                         
                         MAURICE (CONT'D)                               
               This is beautiful...                                     
     An echo of eerie harpsichord music makes Maurice turn toward       
     the ballroom. He places the candelabra back down and exits.        
                         LUMIÈRE                                        
               A man of taste.                                          
                         COGSWORTH                                      
               He was talking about me.                                 

26A INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 26A

     Maurice walks through a door into a dark cavernous room. His
     eyes adjust to the light and he realizes he's in a VAST        
     BALLROOM. Once the scene of joy, the ballroom knows only solemn
     decay. Suddenly --                                             
                         CADENZA                                        
               Oops!                                                    
     -- The harpsichord stops playing.    Wary, Maurice goes back to --
                                                                       

26B INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 26B

     Maurice crosses to a crackling fire, speaking to his unseen        
     host.                                                              
                         MAURICE                                        
               Wherever you are, I'm just going to                      
               warm myself by the fire...                               
     Maurice warms his frozen fingers, rubs his hands together to       
     spread the heat.
                         MAURICE (CONT'D)
               That's better. Oh, much better...                        
     As Maurice turns to warm his backside, he hears the clink of       
     silverware from an adjoining room.                                 

27 INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 27

     Maurice enters to find a vast dining room dominated by a           
     BANQUET TABLE where a meal has been set out.                       
                         MAURICE                                        
               Oh, thank you!                                           
                                                                   21.


    Famished, Maurice sits, tears off a hunk of bread and devours         
    it ravenously.                                                        
    As Maurice looks around for something to wash down the food, a  
    CUP OF TEA slides into his hand. Maurice calmly gives the cup a 
    double-take. Meet CHIP, an 8 year-old boy tea cup. He           
    whispers:
                        CHIP
              Mom said I wasn't supposed to move                          
              because it might be scary. Sorry.
    Maurice chews, smiles benevolently.                                   
                        MAURICE                                           
              It's all right.                                             
    And bolts from the table.                                             

28 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 28

    Like any sane person, Maurice backs toward the door.       He bows    
    and calls into the shadows...
                         MAURICE
              Thank you. Really, I cannot thank you
              enough for your hospitality...
                     (takes his coat and hat)
              ... And kindness.                                           
    A flash of lightning briefly illuminates a BEASTLY SHAPE on the
    staircase. At the next flash -- THE SHAPE IS GONE.

29 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - NIGHT 29

    Maurice rides Philippe away from the castle.        He notices the    
    colonnade filled with rose bushes again.                              
                         MAURICE                                          
              Roses!   Yes...                                             
    Maurice dismounts, checking to see that he hasn't been                
    followed from the castle. He strokes his nervous horse,               
    leaving him outside as he enters.                                     
                        MAURICE (CONT'D)                                  
              Can't go home empty handed... I                             
              promised Belle a rose, didn't I?      I                     
              think it's safe...                                          
    We catch GLIMPSES of A DARK SHAPE moving atop the colonnade.          
    A taloned PAW. A swishing TAIL.                                       
    Philippe snorts, sensing danger. Maurice spies a single               
    PERFECT WHITE ROSE among the others.                                  
    CLOSE on the beast's EYES.     Enraged.   Wounded.                    
                                                              22.


     Maurice reaches for it.                                            
                           MAURICE (CONT'D)                             
               Ow!                                                      
     Pricked by a thorn, he pulls his hand back -- then tries           
     again. He PICKS the rose -- only to hear a booming ROAR from       
     above.                                                             
     ANGLE ON MAURICE -- terrified as the dark shape leaps down         
     from the colonnade. Maurice drops the rose, stumbling and          
     falling as a DARK SHADOW is cast over him.                         
     Philippe breaks his harness, whinnies in terror and flees,         
     charging through the castle grounds and out the ice gates.

29A EXT. VILLAGE PROMONTORY - DAY 29A

     A first whisper of dawn as Philippe bursts out of the forest.      
     He thunders down to the village.                                   

30 EXT. BELLE'S COTTAGE - DAY 30

     The sun is fresh on the horizon, and Belle is already up. A        
     whinny disturbs her. She looks up to find Philippe, thirsty
     and exhausted.                                                     
                           BELLE
               Philippe?
     Belle puts strokes the horse's neck as he drinks deeply from the
                                                                     
     trough.
                         BELLE (CONT'D)
               What happened? Where is Papa?!                           
     Belle goes still. Notices Philippe's torn straps and tattered
     reins. In dread, her gaze darts to the woods.
                         BELLE (CONT'D)                                 
               Take me to him!                                          

31 EXT. WOODS - DAY 31

     Sunlight barely seeps through the thick branches lighting
     Belle's way as Philippe gallops past the FALLEN CANE TREE.

32 EXT. ENCHANTED WOODS - DAY 32

     Belle races through the enchanted woods, coming upon Maurice's  
     tipped over wagon. She sees the broken chest and scattered      
     music boxes.                                                    
     With a mix of apprehension and determination, Belle sets her
     jaw, and continues the gallop until the path brings her to...
                                                               23.


32A EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - DAY 32A

     Belle dismounts Philippe. Finding a THICK BRANCH, she wields it
                                                                    
     like a club, then bravely crosses to the castle and enters.    

33 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - DAY 33

     Club held high, ready to defend herself, Belle cautiously eases
     the door open and peeks inside.
     The atmosphere of the castle presses in on Belle. Creepy DRAGON
                                                                    
     STATUES on the staircase seem like they're watching. Eerie     
     SHADOWS stretch down impossibly long hallways.                 
                         LUMIÈRE
               Look, Cogsworth. A beautiful girl.
                         COGSWORTH
               I can see it's a girl.    I lost my                       
               hands, not my eyes.                                       
                         LUMIÈRE
               But what if she is the one?   The one
               who will break the spell?                                 
     Belle reacts.   Quickly moves towards the voices --
                         BELLE
               Who said that? Who's there?
     Belle reaches the spot where she heard the voices. No one
     there. Only a clock and candelabra. Suddenly, a COUGH echoes  
     through the castle. Belle grabs the candelabra and climbs a   
     long staircase. The clock shudders with dread.                

34 INT. PRISON TOWER - CASTLE - DAY 34

     Belle follows the cough up a labyrinth of stairs until she
     reaches the dark prison tower and a GRATED IRON DOOR.
                          BELLE
               Papa!?   Is that you?                                     
     Belle sees Maurice through a grate in the door.   He looks          
     terribly pale and sick, coughing.                                   
                          MAURICE (O.S.)
               Belle?   How did you find me!?
     Belle puts the candelabra down and clutches his hands.              
                         BELLE
               Oh, your hands are ice.   We need to get
               you home.                                                 
                                                       24.


                   MAURICE
         Belle, you must leave here at once.                 
         This castle is alive! Now go, before                
         he finds you!                                       
                   BELLE                                     
         Who?!                                               

The beast roars. Belle spins quickly, swinging her club to strike, but the figure jumps onto another staircase. Belle searches the shadows. The voice circles her.

                   BELLE (CONT'D)
         Who's there? Who are you?
                   THE BEAST (O.S.)
         Who are you?                                        
                   BELLE
         I've come for my father.                            
                   THE BEAST (O.S.)
         Your father is a thief.
                   BELLE
         Liar!                                               
                   THE BEAST (O.S.)
         HE STOLE A ROSE.                                    

In Belle's wide eyes, we see her guilt.

                   BELLE
         I asked for the rose.   Punish me, not              
         him!                                                
                   MAURICE
         No, he means forever. Apparently                    
         that's what happens around here when                
         you pick a flower.                                  
                   BELLE
         A life sentence for a rose?
                   THE BEAST
         I received eternal damnation for one.
         I'm merely locking him away. Now... do              
         you still wish to take your father's
         place?
                   BELLE
         Come into the light.

The figure remains still. Belle grabs hold of Lumiere and thrusts the candle forward, illuminating a HIDEOUS HORNED FACE. Belle's eyes go wide as she clearly sees THE BEAST. The only part of him that seems human are his eyes. BLUE.

                                                             25.


    DEEP. SOULFUL.   And flicked with pain when he sees Belle's        
    revulsion.                                                         
                        THE BEAST
              CHOOSE!                                                  
                        MAURICE
              Belle, I won't let you do this. I                        
              lost your mother. I won't lose you                       
              too. Now go!                                             
    Maurice falls into a terrible coughing fit.                        
                        BELLE
              Alright, Papa. I will leave.                             
                  (to the beast)
              I need a minute alone with him.                          
    The beast doesn't respond.                                         
                         BELLE (CONT'D)                                
              Are you so cold-hearted that you won't                   
              allow a daughter to kiss her father                      
              goodbye?                                                 
                     (off his proud grunt)
              Forever can spare a minute!
    Intrigued by her defiance, the beast moves toward her, reaching
    out with his massive paw. Belle closes her eyes, bracing
    herself for his retaliation. Instead, she hears -- CLANG.
    Belle opens her eyes to find herself eye to eye with the beast's
    chest. He has reached high above her head to pull down an iron
    lever, unlocking the door.                                      
                        THE BEAST
              When this door closes, it will not open
              again.

35 INT. PRISON CELL - CASTLE - CONTINUOUS 35

    Belle rushes in and embraces her father.
                        BELLE
              I should have been with you.                             
                        MAURICE
              Belle, listen to me. It's all right.                     
              Live your life. Forget me.                               
                        BELLE                                          
              Forget you? Everything I am is because                   
              of you.                                                  
                        MAURICE                                        
              I love you, Belle.    Don't be afraid.                   
                                                                 26.


                        BELLE                                            
              I love you too, Papa...                                    
    She pulls him close.                                                 
                        BELLE (CONT'D)                                   
              I'm not afraid.                                            
                  (whispers)                                             
              And I will escape, I promise.                              
                           MAURICE
              What?!
    With that, she pivots and swings her father through the door
    just as the beast slams it shut. Maurice trips to the ground,
    giving the beast a second to turn to Belle. They lock eyes.    
                        THE BEAST
              You took his place.                                        
                        BELLE
              He is my father.
                        THE BEAST                                        
              He's a fool. So are you.                                   
    The beast turns and drags Maurice away.                              
                        BELLE
              Don't hurt him!
    Through the latticework, Belle sees the beast and her father         
    disappear down the corridor. She rushes to the window and            
    watches the beast carry her father down the spiral staircase         
    of the prison tower.                                                 
                         MAURICE
              Belle!   I'll come back!    I promise!                     
    Once she is alone, Belle cannot help herself.      She slumps to
    the floor and the tears come. We FADE OUT.                           

36 OMITTED 36

37 OMITTED 37

38 OMITTED 38

39 INT. CELL - PRISON TOWER - DUSK 39

    Belle huddles in the corner.     The cell door swings opens.
                         LUMIÈRE (O.S.)
              Forgive my intrusion, mademoiselle,
              but I have been sent to escort you to                      
              your room.
                                                           27.


Belle wipes her tears and stands. She grabs a small stool, ready to strike.

                    BELLE
         My room?   But I thought --
                   LUMIÈRE (O.S.)                                
         What? That once this door closes it                     
         will not open again, RARRR? I know, he                  
         gets so dramatic.                                       

Belle bounds out of the cell, raising the stool to hit a grown man. Instead, she sees... a candelabra wave at her.

                    LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         `Allo.
                    BELLE
         AHHH!                                                   

Like seeing a mouse, Belle bashes the candelabra. It grunts as it clatters on the stone floor. The candles extinguished.

WHOOSH -- the first candle relights. WHOOSH -- the second. Illuminated by the two arm candles, Belle makes out EYES and a rudimentary "FACE" in the design.

                   LUMIÈRE
             (recovering)
         Oh, you are very strong.    That's a                    
         great quality!
                   BELLE
         What are you?

The arms light the main candle to reveal a rakish smile.

                   LUMIÈRE                                       
         I am Lumière.
                   BELLE                                         
         And you can talk.                                       

Cogsworth appears, out of breath.

                   COGSWORTH                                     
         Of course he can talk, it's all he                      
         ever does! Now Lumiere, as head of                      
         the household, I demand that you put                    
         her back in the cell at once!                           

Officially freaked out now, Belle retreats to her cell, in search of a better weapon.

                   LUMIÈRE                                       
         What do you want to be for the rest of                  
         your life, Cogsworth: a man or a mantle                 
         clock?                                                  
                                                              28.


    They turn back to Belle, re-emerging from the cell.              
                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                             
              Ready, miss?                                           
                  (to Cogsworth)                                     
              Trust me.                                              

40 EXT. ROOFTOP WALKWAY - CASTLE - EVENING 40

    Holding Lumière, Belle follows Cogsworth across a stone walkway
    high above the grounds. Her eyes dart, looking for an escape
    route. Instead, she sees how vast the castle and woods are.      
                        LUMIÈRE
              You must forgive first impressions, I                  
              hope you are not too startled.                         
                        BELLE                                        
              Why would I be startled?   I'm talking                 
              to a candle.                                           
                        LUMIÈRE                                      
              Candelabra, please. Enormous                           
              difference. But consider me at your                    
              service. The castle is your home now,                  
              so feel free to go anywhere you like --
                        COGSWORTH
              Except the west wing!                                  
    Lumière throws him a `would-you-please-shut-up' look.            
                        COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                           
              Which we do not have.                                  
                        BELLE                                        
              Why, what's in the west wing?                          
                        LUMIÈRE                                      
              Uh... nothing. Storage space.   That's                 
              it.                                                    
    Belle looks back at the spooky tower of the west wing.           
                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                             
              This way, please!                                      
                        COGSWORTH                                    
              To the east wing.                                      
                        LUMIÈRE                                      
              Or as I like to call it, the only                      
              wing! Watch your step s'il vous                        
              plait.                                                 
                                                              29.


41 INT. CORRIDOR/BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - EVENING 41

    Belle stands outside the bedroom door, anticipating worse
    squalor...                                                        
                        LUMIÈRE                                       
              Welcome to your new home. It's                          
              modest, but comfortable...                              
    Instead, the door opens to --                                     

42 INT. BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - EVENING 42

    -- the most beautiful, magical room she's ever seen.   The entire
                                                                     
    ceiling is a painting of white clouds in a blue sky.   There is a
    LARGE DRESSER and a COMFORTABLE BED. Opulence.
                        BELLE
              It's... beautiful.
                        LUMIÈRE
              Of course. Master wanted you to have
              the finest room in the castle.
    Lumière leaps onto the bed and - POOF - dust fills the air.       
                         LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
              Oh dear!   We were not expecting guests.                
    PLUMETTE, a feather duster, swoops into the room, giving the      
    surfaces a quick dusting.
                        PLUMETTE                                      
              Enchanté, Mademoiselle! Don't worry,                    
              I'll have this room spotless in no                      
              time!                                                   
    She lands in the arms of Lumière, whose candles burn a little     
    hotter once she speaks in her sexy French accent.
                         PLUMETTE (CONT'D)
                     (sotto)
              This plan of yours is... dangerous.
                        LUMIÈRE
              I would risk anything to kiss you again,
              Plumette.
    He moves to embrace her, but she stops him.                       
                        PLUMETTE
              No, my love. I've been burned by you
              before. We must be strong.
                        LUMIÈRE
              How can I be strong when you make me so
              weak?
                                                            30.


Cogsworth clears his throat. Belle backs away from the strange creatures.

                   BELLE                                          
         Is everything here alive?
             (picks up a HAIR BRUSH)                              
         Hello, what's your name?                                 

Cogsworth looks up at her, puzzled.

                   COGSWORTH                                      
         Um... that's a hair brush.                               

Belle hears a loud SNORE behind her, and turns to see the DRESSER bursting open with an operatic "laaaaaa!" Belle shrieks and steps back.

                   LUMIÈRE
         Do not be alarmed, mademoiselle. This
         is just your wardrobe. Meet Madame De
         Garderobe. A great singer.
                   COGSWORTH                                      
         When she can stay awake.                                 
                      GARDEROBE                                   
         Cogsworth!     A diva needs her beauty rrr-              

MADAME DE GARDEROBE yawns loudly.

                   LUMIÈRE
         Ah, stay with us, Madame!    We have                     
         someone for you to dress!

Garderobe's gilded arms stroke Belle's shoulder and face.

                   GARDEROBE
         Finally. A woman. Pretty eyes.                           
         Proud face. Perfect canvas. Yes! I                       
         will find you something worthy of a
         princess.
                   BELLE
         But I'm not a princess.
                   GARDEROBE
         Nonsense! Now, let's see what I've                       
         got in my drawers.

Garderobe's doors open and a few moths fly out.

                   GARDEROBE (CONT'D)
         Oh, how embarrassing.

Garderobe places a large HOOP over Belle's head, and proceeds to create an outfit using fabric and her pinking-shear hands. FROUFROU, a piano stool, runs in, barking like a dog.

                                                               31.


                        GARDEROBE (CONT'D)                             
              Come here, Froufrou. Come help mama!                     
    Froufrou tugs at the fabric, helping Garderobe complete the        
    outfit -- which is garish and too too much, all wrong for          
    Belle.                                                             
                          GARDEROBE (CONT'D)                           
              Perfetta!                                                
    Lumière and Cogsworth put on a game smile.                         
                         LUMIÈRE                                       
              Mm.   Subtle. Understated.    I love it!                 
    With a deep bow and a whistle for Froufrou, Lumière drags     
    Cogsworth out. Plumette and Froufrou follow. Garderobe calls  
    out after her beloved dog.
                        GARDEROBE
              Froufrou, send my love to the maestro!
    The door closes. Belle is alone. Garderobe instantly falls         
    asleep with a big SNORE. Belle has one beat of... where the        
    hell am I? She ducks down, then crawls out from underneath
    the enormous dress, which remains standing.
    Belle looks around the room with one thing in mind: escape.
    She quickly moves to the window. Opens it. She looks down          
    at the 100 foot drop leading to the grounds.                       
    Belle turns back to the room, and gazes at the dress.   An         
    idea taking shape.                                                 

43 EXT. COUNTRY INN - NIGHT 43

    A LAMPLIGHTER is hard at work outside as we hear fiddle music      
    coming from the inn.

44 INT. COUNTRY INN - NIGHT 44

    Amidst the animal heads, antlers, and drunken villagers, there
    is an even sadder sight -- GASTON. He drowns his sorrows in ale 
    while LEFOU listens.
                        GASTON
              Picture it, LeFou -- a rustic cabin.
              My latest kill roasting on the fire.
              Adorable children running around us
              while my love rubs my tired feet. But                    
              what does Belle say? "I will never                       
              marry you, Gaston."                                      
                        LEFOU
              You know, there are other girls.                         
    The village lasses perk up.   "Yes!   There are other girls!"
                                                        32.


                   GASTON
         A great hunter doesn't waste his time on
         rabbits.

The lasses deflate. "Awww!" LeFou decides it's time to cheer up his best friend/boss. Thus begins "GASTON."

                   LEFOU
         Gosh it disturbs me to see you
         Gaston looking so down in the dumps
         Every guy here'd love to be you Gaston
         Even when taking your lumps
         There's no man in town as admired as you
         You're everyone's fa-vor-ite guy
         Everyone's awed and inspired by you
         And it's not very hard to see why

LeFou gives a nod (and a large tip) to the FIDDLE PLAYER in the corner, who nods back, and begins to play...

                   LEFOU (CONT'D)
         No one's slick as Gaston
         No one's quick as Gaston
         No one's neck's as incredibly thick as
         Gaston
         For there's no man in town half as manly
         Perfect, a pure paragon!
         You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley
         And they'll tell you whose team they
         prefer to be on!

LeFou hops onto the bar, squeezing himself between TOM, DICK, and STANLEY.

                   TOM/DICK/STANLEY
         Who plays darts like Gaston?
         Who breaks hearts like Gaston?
                   LEFOU
         Who's much more than the sum of his
         parts like Gaston?
                    GASTON
                (confidence growing)                            
         As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating

LeFou hails a BARMAID and buys everyone a round of drinks. The villagers raise their mugs and cheer.

                   LEFOU/VILLAGERS
         My what a guy, that Gaston!

Gaston stands, and clasps LeFou in gratitude...

                   GASTON
         I needed encouragement; thank you, LeFou
                                                          33.


                   LEFOU
         Well, there's no one as easy to bolster
         as you!

... only to find himself in an uncomfortably tight hug.

                     LEFOU (CONT'D)                             
         Too much?                                              
                     GASTON                                     
         Yep.                                                   
                   VILLAGERS                                    
         No one fights like Gaston
         Douses lights like Gaston!
                   LEFOU
         In a wrestling match nobody bites like
         Gaston!

LeFou moves his shirt up his arm to show an old wrestling wound - a nice teeth impression courtesy of Gaston. The villagers gasp.

                   GASTON                                       
         When I hunt, I sneak up with my quiver
         And beasts of the field say a prayer
         First I carefully aim for the liver
         Then I shoot from behind!

Gaston leaps onto the bar, and is handed a huge blunderbuss, with which he mimes shooting LeFou.

                   LEFOU
         Is that fair?
                   GASTON
         I don't care

And Gaston fires the rifle into the ceiling! Plaster rains down.

                   VILLAGERS
         No one hits like Gaston
         Matches wits like Gaston
                   LEFOU
         In a spitting match nobody spits like
         Gaston
                   GASTON
         I'M ESPECIALLY GOOD AT EXPECTORATING!

Gaston spits a big gloppy mess into a spittoon: bullseye! Then, he moves around the inn, holding court.

                   VILLAGERS
         Ten points for Gaston!
                                                         34.


                   GASTON                                        
         When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
         Ev'ry morning to help me get large

On one shoulder, Gaston lifts a pretty VILLAGE GIRL. On the other, he lifts LeFou.

                   GASTON (CONT'D)                               
         And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen
         eggs
         So I'm roughly the size of a barge!

The crowd hollers. Gaston jumps on a long table. The table's height plus his massive frame make him seem 10 feet tall.

He engages in a dance-break sword-fight with several VILLAGE MEN, besting them all, until he's perfectly positioned beneath a

ceiling mural, mimicking it exactly: Gaston, saber raised, victorious in battle -- with LeFou swooning at his feet.

                   LEFOU                                         
         Who has brains like Gaston?
         Entertains like Gaston?
                   GASTON
         Who can make up these endless
         Refrains like Gaston?

Gaston tromps on the table. He arrives at his WALL OF ANIMAL HEADS and ANTLERS.

                   GASTON (CONT'D)
         I use antlers in all of my decorating!
                   ALL                                           
         Say it again - who's a man among men?
         And let's say it once more
         Who's that hero next door?
         Who's a super success?
         Don't you know? Can't you guess?
         Ask his fans and his five hangers-on
         There's just one guy in town
         Who's got all of it down...
                   LEFOU
         And his name's `G-A-S-T... ' Uh, I
         believe there's another `T' in there,
         it just occurred to me that I'm                         
         illiterate and I've never actually had
         to spell it out loud before...
         Gaston!

The villagers cheer as Gaston returns to his seat. Gaston slaps

LeFou on the shoulder, genuinely moved.

                   GASTON
         Ah LeFou, you're the best. How is it                    
         that no girl has snatched you up yet?
                                                        35.


                   LEFOU
         I've been told I'm clingy, but I really                
         don't get it...                                        

Just then, the door flies open to reveal a wild-eyed Maurice.

                   MAURICE
         Help! Somebody help me! We have to
         go... not a minute to lose...
                    TAVERN KEEPER
         Whoa.   Slow down, Maurice.
                   MAURICE
         He's got Belle... locked in a dungeon!
                   TAVERN KEEPER
         Who's got her?
                   MAURICE
         A beast... a horrible monstrous beast!

The patrons begin to laugh.

                   MAURICE (CONT'D)
         My daughter's life is in danger, why do
         you laugh!? His castle is hidden in the
         woods. It's already winter there!
                   JEAN
         Winter in June?                                        
                   CLOTHILDE                                    
         Crazy old Maurice.
                   MAURICE
         The beast is real! Do you understand?!                 
         Will no one help me?!
                    GASTON
                (ever the opportunist)
         I'll help you, Maurice!                                
                     LEFOU
         You will?

The villagers murmur in surprise.

                    GASTON
                (winks at LeFou)
         Everyone! Stop making fun of this man
         at once!

Maurice approaches. So grateful.

                   MAURICE
         Thank you, Captain.   Thank you.
                                                             36.


                        GASTON
              Don't thank me, Maurice.    Lead us to the
              beast.
    Maurice exits.   Gaston follows, gesturing to LeFou.               
                        LEFOU
                  (finally getting it)
              Ohhh.

46 INT. KITCHEN - CASTLE - NIGHT 46

    The staff is excited as they scramble to get ready for dinner.
    CHIP, the 8 year-old tea cup, rides his saucer around like a
    skateboard. He circles his teapot mother MRS. POTTS, a no-
    nonsense yet loving governess.
                        CHIP
              Mama, there's a girl in the castle!
                           MRS. POTTS
              Yes, Chip.     We know. Slow down.
                        CHIP
              Is she pretty? Is she nice?     What
              kind of tea does she like?
                        MRS. POTTS
              We'll find out soon enough. Slow down
              before you break your handle!
    But Chip doesn't slow down. Before Mrs. Potts can chase,
    CUISINIÈR, the frustrated French chef-turned-oven, pours hot
    water into her to prepare tea.                                     
                        CUISINIÈR
              Heads up, Mrs. Potts!                                    
    She flushes and reacts with pleasure as if stepping into a warm
    bath.                                                            
    INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - SAME
    The beast enters the dining room and sits at one end of a
    long dining table. He looks at his place setting, surprised
    to find flatware and crystal. Confused, he looks up.
    THE BEAST'S POV rises to find another place setting at the
    other end of the long table. When he notices the romantic
    candles, he swats his own place setting off the table in
    anger.

47 INT. KITCHEN - CASTLE - SAME 47

    A voice bellowing from the dining room causes Lumiere and
    Cogsworth to turn.
                                                           37.


                    THE BEAST (O.S.)
         LUMIÈRE!

Cogsworth balks with terror.

                   LUMIÈRE
         Be calm, let me do the talking.

A fuming beast storms in, and looks down at the assembled staff. Lumière is as good a liar as Cogsworth is not.

                   THE BEAST
         YOU'RE MAKING HER DINNER!?                              
                   LUMIÈRE
         We thought you might appreciate the                     
         company.                                                
                   COGSWORTH
         Master, I can assure you that I had no
         part in this hopeless plan. Preparing                   
         a dinner, designing a gown for her,                     
         giving her a suite in the east wing --                  
                   THE BEAST
         YOU GAVE HER A BEDROOM!?

Cornered by the beast, Cogsworth has no choice but to...

                   COGSWORTH                                     
         No no, he gave her a bedroom.                           
                    LUMIÈRE
         That is true. But if the girl is the                    
         one who can break the spell, maybe you
         can start by using dinner to charm her.
                (turns to Cogsworth)                             
         Good thinking, Cogsworth!                               
                    COGSWORTH                                    
         What?!                                                  
                   THE BEAST
         That's the most ridiculous idea I've                    
         ever heard! "Charm the prisoner."                       
                   LUMIÈRE
         You must try, master. With every
         passing day, we become less human.                      
                    THE BEAST
         She's the daughter of a common thief.                   
         What kind of person do you think that
         makes her?
                   MRS. POTTS
         Oh, you can't judge people by who their
         father is, now can you?
                                                              38.


    It's a loaded statement. The staff cringes, ready for his
    retaliation. Instead, a grunt, and then --

48 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 48

    KNOCK. KNOCK. The beast stands at Belle's door while his
    servants stand by his side to play Cyrano.
                         THE BEAST
              You will join me for dinner!     That's not             
              a request.                                              
                        MRS. POTTS
              Gently, master. The girl lost her                       
              father and her freedom in one day.
                        LUMIÈRE
              Yes. The poor thing is probably in
              there, scared to death.
                           MRS. POTTS                                 
              Exactly.                                                

49 INT. BELLE'S CASTLE BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS 49

    Actually, Belle has been actively planning her escape. Her
    makeshift rope of fabric hangs 50 feet out of the window.
    KNOCK. KNOCK.
                        BELLE
              Just a minute.

50 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 50

    The servants react to hearing Belle's voice.
                        LUMIÈRE
              You see, there she is.    Now, master,
              remember. Be gentle.
                           MRS. POTTS
              ...kind...
                        PLUMETTE
              ...charming...
                        COGSWORTH                                     
              ...sweet...                                             
    The words fly as they bury the beast with advice.                 
                        LUMIÈRE
              And when she opens the door, give her a
              dashing debonair smile. Come come --
              show me the smile.
    The beast flashes the most hideous grin anyone has ever seen.
    The staff GASPS in horror.                                        
                                                               39.


                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                             
              Oh mon dieu.                                           
    Contorting his mouth, the beast turns back to the door.          
                        THE BEAST
              Will you join me for dinner?
    We wait a perfect beat and then, cut to...

51 INT. BELLE'S BEDROOM/ INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS (INTERCUT)

                                                              51
    Belle moves to the door.                                         
                        BELLE
              You've taken me prisoner and now you                   
              want to have dinner with me? Are you                   
              insane?                                                
    The beast's temper rises -- his eyebrows twitch, his tail
    thrashes -- recognizing the signs, Plumette inches away --       
                        PLUMETTE
              He's losing it...
    The beast beats his fist on the door -- WHAM!   WHAM!   WHAM!
                        THE BEAST
              I told you to come down to dinner.
    Belle hits back.    WHAM!   WHAM!   WHAM!
                        BELLE
              And I told you no!
    All the banging finally wakes up Madame de Garderobe.
                          GARDEROBE
              WHAT!?    WHAT TIME IS IT!?                            
                        BELLE
              I'd starve before I ever ate with you!                 
                         THE BEAST
              Well be my guest! Go ahead and starve!                 
                     (as he leaves)
              If she doesn't eat with me, then she
              doesn't eat at all!
    The staff hides, terrified, as the beast thunders off.           
                          THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              Idiots!
    Once the coast is clear, Cogsworth comes out of hiding with a
    sword and puts on a show of bravery.
                                                                40.


                         COGSWORTH
              You can't talk to us like that! I
              forbid it! I... I...
                     (to Lumière)
              Am I too late? Shame. I was really
              going to tell him off this time.
                        LUMIÈRE                                        
                  (looks past Cogsworth)                               
              Oh master, you've returned!                              
    Cogsworth shrieks and spins -- only to realize he's been           
    duped.                                                             
                        COGSWORTH                                      
              Oh, very funny.                                          
                        LUMIÈRE                                        
              Eh, I got you there!                                     


52 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 52

    Fuming, the beast returns to his lair -- a chamber of shredded
    furniture and walls ruined in rage. He paces, muttering. He  
    grabs a decaying HAND MIRROR.                                   
                        THE BEAST
              Show me the girl.
    The mirror lights up and gives him a view of Belle at the          
    bedroom door. She turns, slides down the wall, and curls her       
    knees up to her. A look of dread on her face.                      
    Her fear crushes the beast. The mirror magic fades, and he is
    left with his own reflection and self-loathing. He lowers the
    mirror to reveal the glass jar by the open window.
    In the jar, the ENCHANTED ROSE hangs in mid-air. The rose is
    wilting. Most of its petals have fallen. Rage evaporating,
    replaced by shame, the beast lowers his head...
    ... as ONE MORE PETAL DROPS.
    The image moves inside the jar. We see the beast through the
    glass as he leans down, peering in at the petal as it reaches
    the bottom and shrivels. As it does, we hear a far off RUMBLE,  
    as if the foundation of the castle is trembling.                
    EXT. CASTLE - NIGHT -- DAWN                                        
    From a distance, we see stone statuary crack and tumble down       
    from the castle walls...                                           

53 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 53

    The staff is gathered; the beginning of their evening. Lumière  
    lights the fireplace. He hears the crash of falling debris.     
                                                               41.


                        LUMIÈRE                                       
              Another petal fell...                                   
                        PLUMETTE                                      
              Lumière, I grew three more feathers!                    
              And I just plucked yesterday.                           
    Lumière moves to help, but his legs stiffen.    He holds his flame
    to his knee like a heating pad.
                        LUMIÈRE
              I know, darling -- Ow! I'm getting                      
              more metallic every day.                                
    Suddenly, Cogsworth begins making clock sounds.                   
                        COGSWORTH
              Oh, no! It's -- tick tock! --
              happening again -- cuckoo! Pardon me.
                         MRS. POTTS
              Everyone, calm yourselves.    We still
              have time.
                        CHIP
              Mama, am I ever going to be a boy again?
                           MRS. POTTS
              Yes, Chip.     You'll have your days in the             
              sun again.     You just leave it to me.                 

54 EXT. CASTLE - NIGHT 54

    Belle throws her makeshift rope out the bedroom window.           

55 INT. BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 55

    Belle looks down -- the rope is about 20 feet off the ground.     
    Almost there. A KNOCK on the door.
                        BELLE
              I told you to go away.
                        MRS. POTTS (O.S.)
              Don't worry, dear. It's only Mrs.                       
              Potts.
    Mrs. Potts bustles in on her cart with Chip.
                        MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
              Oh, aren't you a vision! How lovely                     
              to make your acquaintance.                              
    Belle tries to block her view of the escape rope, but Mrs. Potts
    is too sharp.                                                   
                                                            42.


                   MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
         It's a very long journey. Let me fix                     
         you up before you go. I have found
         that most troubles seem less troubling
         after a bracing cup o' tea.                              

The tea is poured into Chip, who wheels over to Belle.

                   MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
         Slowly now, Chip.

Belle picks up Chip and brings him up to her mouth. Little Chip finds himself face-to-face with the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. She takes a sip.

                   CHIP
         Pleased to meet you!    Want to see me do                
         a trick?

Chip blows a huge bubble in his tea cup. It pops loudly.

                   MRS. POTTS
         Chip.                                                    
             (to Belle)
         That was a very brave thing you did for
         your father, dear.

Madame Garderobe's doors swing open.

                     GARDEROBE
         Yes.    We all think so.                                 
                   BELLE
         I'm so worried about him.      He's never                
         been on his own.                                         
                   MRS. POTTS
         Cheer up, my poppet. Things will turn                    
         out in the end. You'll feel a lot
         better after dinner.
                   BELLE
         But he said, "If she doesn't eat with
         me, she doesn't eat at all."
                   MRS. POTTS
         People say a lot of things in anger. It
         is our choice whether or not to listen.
         Coming?                                                  

And Mrs. Potts is out the door. Belle looks to Garderobe.

                     GARDEROBE                                    
         Go.                                                      

INT. KITCHEN - CASTLE - NIGHT

The door opens. Lumière races in to the excited staff.

                                                         43.


                   LUMIÈRE
         They're coming! Final checks,                           
         everyone, tout de suite!                                

Cogsworth waddles in after him. Plumette flutters nervously.

                   COGSWORTH
         No, you don't! If the master finds out
         you violated his orders and fed her, he
         will blame me.

Lumiere jumps up onto the sink, navigating sudsy dishes as CHAPEAU scrubs them.

                   LUMIÈRE
         Yes, I will make sure of it. But did                    
         you see her stand up to him? I am
         telling you, this girl is the one.
         They must fall in love if we are to be
         human again, and they can't fall in
         love if she stays in her room.
             (looks at a smudged dish)
         Eh, Chapeau, you missed a spot!                         

Lumière tosses the dish back in the sink, skipping onto a passing tea trolley. Cogsworth climbs up in pursuit.

                   COGSWORTH
         You know she will never love him.
                   LUMIÈRE
         A broken clock is right two times a                     
         day, mon ami, and this is not one of                    
         those times.                                            

Lumière leaps onto the table, and uprights a champagne glass.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                              
         Stand up straight!                                      
             (to the room)                                       
         It's time to sparkle!                                   

He leaps again, onto CUISINIÈR, and sips a spoonful from a bubbling pot.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                              
         I have no taste buds, but I can tell                    
         this is exquisite.                                      
                   CUISINIÈR                                     
         Off! Off me while I work! Pepper,                       
         get cracking! Salt, shake a leg!                        
                   COGSWORTH                                     
         Not so loud! Keep it down!                              
                                                             44.


                        LUMIÈRE
              Of course, of course. But what is
              dinner without a little... music?
                        COGSWORTH
              Music?!

57 INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - MOMENTS LATER 57

    To Cogsworth's horror, Lumière guides an ambulatory HARPSICHORD  
    into the room. This is CADENZA, our neurotic Italian maestro.  
                        LUMIÈRE
              Maestro Cadenza, are you ready?
                        CADENZA
                  (coy)
              It has been so long since I've
              performed! I can barely even remember                  
              how...                                                 
    But with an abrupt flourish, Cadenza plays show-offy scales      
    on the ivories until -- PLUNK.                                   
                        CADENZA (CONT'D)
              Another cavity.
                        LUMIÈRE
              Maestro, your wife is upstairs, finding                
              it harder and harder to stay awake.                    
              She's counting on you to help us break                 
              this curse.                                            
                        CADENZA
              Then, I shall play through the dental                  
              pain!
                         COGSWORTH
                     (whispers to Cadenza)
              But Maestro. Play quietly. Please.                     
                        CADENZA                                      
              Quietly? Sotto voce? Of course. Are                    
              there any other tasteless demands you                  
              wish to make upon my artistry?                         
                        COGSWORTH                                    
              No, that's it.                                         
    Mrs. Potts leads Belle to the end of the long dining table.      
                        MRS. POTTS
              There you are, dear.                                   
    Lumière LEAPS onto the table. Floating at a high window,         
    Plummette uses a silver platter to turn a shaft of moonlight     
    into a SPOTLIGHT. As Lumière begins "BE OUR GUEST."              
                                                           45.


                   LUMIÈRE
         Ma chere, mademoiselle. It is with
         deepest pride and greatest pleasure that
         we welcome you tonight. And now, we
         invite you to relax.

Belle sits down in a chair, which moves in, bringing her closer to the table. Lumière motions up to Plumette to steady her shaky spotlight.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Let us pull up a chair... as the dining
         room proudly presents...

Cadenza plays a dramatic scale as a table cloth UNFURLS, and Lumière jumps up and LANDS in a pose. Cadenza ends his scale on the wrong note. Lumière shoots him a look, Cadenza plays the right note, and Lumière turns to Belle and smiles.

                    LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         ... your dinner.
                (sings to Belle)
         Be our guest, be our guest

The napkins on the place settings rise up and twirl. Chapeau offers Belle a napkin.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Put our service to the test
         Tie your napkin `round your neck, cherie
         And we provide the rest!

Spinning quickly, Chapeau presents the following to Belle:

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Soup du jour, hot hors d'oeuvres
         Why we only live to serve
         Try the grey stuff, it's delicious

Belle reaches out to try it, but it's gone before she can.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Don't believe me? Ask the dishes!

The hors d'oeuvres plates go off, leaving the dinner dishes to levitate and spin.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         They can sing, they can dance
         After all, miss, this is France!

A small guillotine on the table drops, slicing the baguette. MENUS fly in overhead, buzzing a disgruntled Cogsworth. Belle reaches up and grabs one.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         And a dinner here is never second best
         Go on unfold your menu
                   (MORE)
                                                         46.
                   LUMIèRE (CONT'D)
         Take a glance and then you'll
         Be our guest, be our guest
                   LUMIÈRE AND COGSWORTH
         Be our guest!

Cogsworth shushes Lumière, and Lumière jabs him back. One by one the kitchen doors swing open, presenting:

                   LUMIÈRE
         Beef ragout, cheese souffle,
         Pie and pudding en flambé!

The fish pie explodes! A piece of cod hits Cogsworth in the face, knocking him over.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         We'll prepare and serve with flair
         A culinary cabaret!

Flute glasses fill up with champagne and then break into a Bob Fosse homage. Belle grabs a glass, but Lumière snatches it before she sips.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         You're alone and you're scared
         But the banquet's all prepared!

Lumière coaxes the flatware to its feet.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         No one's gloomy or complaining
         While the flatware's entertaining!

The flatware hold out a napkin, into which Lumière jumps, like a

trampoline. He is launched into the air, swinging between chandeliers a la Cirque du Soleil.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         We tell jokes, I do tricks
         With my fellow candlesticks
                   CHANDELIER CANDLESTICKS
         And it's all in perfect taste
         That you can bet!

Lumière falls and lands back in the middle of the champagne flutes. They rise up around him.

                    LUMIÈRE
         Come on and lift your glass
         You've won your own free pass
         To be our guest
                (to Cogsworth)
         If you're stressed, it's fine dining we
         suggest.
                                                        47.


                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                               
         Oui our guest
         Be our guest, be our guest!                              

Cogsworth steps back as Lumière again takes center stage in a Martha Graham inspired solo.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Life is so unnerving
         For a servant who's not serving

Belle reaches again for food but is stopped by Lumière's melodramatic histrionics. He wraps himself in a napkin for the full Martha Graham effect.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         He's not whole
         Without a soul to wait upon

Lumière does a `tragic walk' down the table. Reaching the end, he slides down to the floor on the tablecloth, then gathers it around his neck and continues on.

Belle tries to stab a bite as the food moves past her, as if on a conveyer belt. Sliding past her, Cogsworth wobbles.

On the floor, snow swirls around Lumière. We pull out to see several "ETTES" flinging salt at him to create the effect.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Ah, those good old days when we were
         useful
         Suddenly, those good old days are gone

Reaching the end of the table, plates dive and spin into neat piles --

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Too long we've been rusting
         Needing so much more than dusting
         Needing exercise
         A chance to use our skills

-- while Cogsworth lands on Lumière's lap below. Chapeau scoops

them both up and drops them back on the table before Belle.

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
         Most days we just lay around the castle
         Flabby, fat and lazy

Lumière playfully pokes Cogsworth in his pot belly -- then takes a flying leap!

                   LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                               
         You walked in, and oops-a-daisie!
                                                               48.


58 INT. KITCHEN - CASTLE - NIGHT 58

    Mrs. Potts hops along the edge of the sink basin.                 
                        MRS. POTTS
              It's a guest, it's a guest!
              Sakes alive, and I'll be blessed!
              Wine's been poured and thank the Lord
              I've had more napkins freshly pressed!
    She ascents to the top of a tiered, circular pastry table, as     
    napkins twirl around her. Desserts appear and circle Mrs.         
    Potts. Then tea cups enter on the outer circle, moving in
    the opposite direction.
                        MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
              With dessert, she'll want tea
              And my dear, that's fine with me!
              While the cups do their soft shoeing,
              I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing!
    From overhead, a la Busby Berkeley, we reveal desserts, teacups,
    napkins, the floor, everything circling in opposing directions.
    Mrs. Potts descends, jumping onto her tea trolley -- and notices 
    a smudge of icing on Chip.
                        MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
              I'll get warm, piping hot
              Heaven's sake, is that a spot?
    She quickly steams it off him.                                    
                         MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)                          
              Clean it up, we want the company
              impressed!
    The trolley rolls through the doors --                            

59 INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 59

    -- and up to Belle.   Mrs. Potts pours a cup into Chip.           
                        MRS. POTTS
              We've got a lot to do --
              Is it one lump or two?
              For you our guest!
                        LUMIÈRE                                       
              She's our guest!
                        MRS. POTTS
              She's our guest!                                        
    Finally, unable to resist, Cogsworth joins in, pushing            
    Lumière out of the spotlight.                                     
                        COGSWORTH, LUMIÈRE, MRS. POTTS                
              She's our guest!
                                                             49.


    Plumette and her "Ettes" descend on a chandelier, which is
    lowered by Lumière. They dance; a Beyoncé homage.
                        ALL
              Be our guest! Be our guest!
              Our command is your request!
              It's years since we had anybody
              Here and we're obsessed!
    Lumière ties the chandelier rope around Cogsworth, who falls
    over, causing the light to spin. Plumette dives into a massive
    punch bowl, leading her "Ettes" into an Esther Williams moment.
                        ALL (CONT'D)
              With your meal, with your ease,
              Yes indeed, we aim to please
    Splashes from the punch bowl launch us into a "Singin' in the      
    Rain" moment, with Lumière dancing under the fountain. The         
    grand finale is pure Bollywood, punctuated by explosions of
    candy-colored powders.
                        ALL (CONT'D)
              While the candlelight's still glowing,
              Let us help you, we'll keep going --
              Course by... COURSE! One by one!
              Til you shout "Enough, I'm done!"
              Then we'll sing you off to sleep as you
              digest
              Tonight you'll prop your feet up
              But for now let's eat up...
              Be our guest! Be our guest!
              Be our guest! Please! Be our guest!!
    As the table clears itself, whooshing back into the kitchen,       
    Lumière whirls toward Belle, finally presenting her with --        
                          LUMIÈRE
              Pudding?!
    Overwhelmed, she laughs.                                           


60 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 60

    Mrs. Potts (on her trolley cart) escorts Belle from the dining  
    room.                                                           
                        BELLE                                          
              Surely you're as trapped here as I am.                   
              Don't you ever want to escape?                           
                        MRS. POTTS                                     
              The master's not as terrible as he                       
              appears. Somewhere deep in his soul,                     
              there's a prince of a fellow, just                       
              waiting to be set free.                                  
                                                              50.


    Belle takes this in, a valuable piece of the puzzle.   She         
    looks up at the massive staircase.                                 
                        BELLE                                          
              Lumiere mentioned something about the                    
              West Wing...                                             
                        MRS. POTTS                                     
              Never you mind about that.   Off to bed                  
              with you, poppet.                                        
                        BELLE                                          
              Good night.                                              
                        MRS. POTTS                                     
              Nighty-night. Straight to bed!                           
    Mrs. Potts moves off as Belle climbs the stairs toward her         
    room. At the top, she hurries up the staircase leading to          
    the west wing.                                                     

63 INT. STAIRCASE - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 63

    Belle sticks to the shadows.   She walks up to a massive wooden
    door -- slightly ajar.

64 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 64

    Furniture lies in rubble, curtains are shredded -- evidence of
    the beast's temper. Wary, Belle investigates when --
    SHE GLIMPSES EYES PEERING AT HER OFF TO THE SIDE.
    With a start, Belle wheels to find -- the eyes belong to a royal
    portrait. The subject seems to be a TEENAGE BOY but his face
    has been SLASHED BEYOND RECOGNITION.
    Only the eyes survived. Bright blue. Engaging. Resembling the
    eyes of THE BEAST. She realizes that this is the "prince of a  
    fellow" Mrs. Potts was referring to.                           
    Belle leans in to study the painting. A ROYAL FAMILY stands by  
    the castle. The FATHER's image has been slashed. The QUEEN
    remains pristine. Kind. Beautiful.
    Belle moves past a large four-poster bed, its faded coverlet       
    gray with dust, like no one has slept in it for years. On          
    the floor, she sees a makeshift bed made of straw, torn bits       
    of fabric and crumpled blankets: the resting place of a            
    nocturnal carnivore.                                               
    Belle turns and sees the glow coming from the GLASS JAR by an
    open window leading to the balcony. Inside the jar -- THE
    ENCHANTED ROSE.
    Mesmerized, Belle approaches the rose. She lifts the jar,
    leaving the rose unprotected. She reaches out to touch the
    rose. A shadow cuts across Belle's face.
                                                                   51.


                            THE BEAST
                 WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!?    WHAT DID YOU
                 DO TO IT!?
       The beast bears down on Belle, backing her up.   She puts down
       the bell jar.
                              BELLE
                 Nothing.
                           THE BEAST
                 DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU COULD HAVE
                 DONE!? YOU COULD HAVE DAMNED US ALL!
                 GET OUT! GO!                                             
       Belle runs.   The beast turns and covers the rose, panicked and  
       protective.

65,66 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 65,66

       Lumière and Cogsworth play chess on an upper landing, with         
       Froufrou resting between them.                                     
                              LUMIÈRE                                     
                 Checkmate.     Again.                                    
                           COGSWORTH                                      
                 Because you cheated.     Again.                          
       Belle appears, racing down the west wing staircase.                
                           LUMIÈRE                                        
                 Mademoiselle... what are you doing?                      
                           BELLE                                          
                 Getting out of here!                                     
       Cogsworth jumps onto the chess board as Lumiere hops to the        
       floor.                                                             
                              COGSWORTH                                   
                 Stop!                                                    
                           LUMIÈRE                                        
                 Go go, Froufrou!                                         
       Froufrou jumps up and starts after Belle.                          
                           COGSWORTH                                      
                 Yes Froufrou, stop her!                                  
       Belle barrels down the main staircase, Froufrou in close           
       pursuit.                                                           
       Mrs. Potts enters from the kitchen, wearing a tea cosy.            
                           MRS. POTTS                                     
                 You don't want to go out there!                          
                                                                 52.


    At the top of the stairs, Cogsworth sounds a whistle.     In quick  
    cuts, WINDOWS drop and SHUTTERS close.
    Belle hits the bottom of the grand staircase and runs towards
    the door -- only to watch it bolt itself locked.
                          MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)                            
              Stop her!                                                  
    Froufrou runs in front of Belle to block her exit, and growls.  
                        COGSWORTH                                        
              Who's a good dog?                                          
    Then suddenly, his growls turn to playful yaps, as he stands         
    on his hind legs and pants playfully.                                
                       COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                                
              What? No, it's not playtime!      Bad                      
              dog! Bad dog!                                              
                        MRS. POTTS                                       
              What part of `stop her' don't you                          
              understand, dog?!                                          
    Froufrou spins and scrambles outside, scooting through the           
    low postern door within the great front door. In his                 
    excitement, he's provided Belle with an escape!                      
    Belle snatches her cloak from a bewildered Chapeau, and              
    shimmies out through this same `doggie door.'                        
                        LUMIÈRE                                          
              Please, don't go! It's dangerous!                          
    Mrs. Potts rushes forward but it's too late.      A look of dread    
    settles on her face...                                               
                          MRS. POTTS                                     
              Oh my...                                                   

67 OMITTED 67

68 OMITTED 68

69 EXT. ENCHANTED WOODS - NIGHT 69

    HOWL. Philippe's hooves hit the snowy landscape.   Belle races
    through the woods. She looks back to see if the beast followed
    her. She only sees a glimpse of the castle. She thinks she has
    escaped. Surely, she has escaped.
    WOLVES HOWL NEARBY.
    ANGLE ON PHILIPPE'S MUDDY HOOFPRINT -- a WOLF'S PAW smashes down
    over the print -- the wolf howls --
                                                            53.


ANGLE ON BELLE -- out of the corner of her eye, she sees SHAPES OF A DOZEN WHITE WOLVES flitting through the trees, closing in on her.

Belle forges on -- the wolves are not bothering to hide anymore, they've emerged from the trees to take down their prey -- closing in fast --

-- Belle pushes through the undergrowth to find she has reached a FROZEN POND. Philippe doesn't hesitate. He gallops onto the ice, and across the pond. The sound of ice CRACKING under his hooves is deep and low. And increasing.

Philippe's hooves slide on the ice. The wolves close in.

Philippe makes it across the pond onto land. But before Belle can feel any relief --

A WOLF'S JAWS snap at Philippe's thigh. Then another. The horse bucks wildly -- causing Belle to makes a controlled leap onto a snow bank. She seizes a thick branch and wields it as a club -- as the wolves surround her, jaws slavering --

Belle swings her club as one wolf lunges at her, its bared teeth like razors. She beats it away. She turns to confront another -- it bites the branch clean out of her hands.

Belle turns, looks up -- on a rock promontory, the scarred ALPHA WOLF is about to take a diving leap onto her. It jumps, and she flinches -- but just as the wolf is about to makes its horrible landing --

THE BEAST APPEARS --

-- and catches it in mid-air! With supernatural force, the beast hurls the wolf across the frozen pond, howling!

All the wolves dive on the beast at once, tearing shreds from his cloak. He strikes at them -- wolves scurry, yelping --

The oversize ALPHA WOLF climbs onto the beast's back, goes for his neck. The beast slams together the wolves on his arms, dropping them -- then reaches back and seizes the Alpha. WOLF and BEAST snarl inches from each other -- the beast squeezes --

Then hurls the Alpha into a stone ledge -- CRACK -- knocking him out. The remaining pack retreats in panic, their yelps echoing through the trees.

TIGHT ON BELLE -- watching as the beast whimpers in pain. His shoulders slump. He collapses in the snow. This is her chance. Belle could run. She looks past Philippe, to the woods -- to freedom. But then turns back, and slowly approaches the wounded

beast.

Belle covers the beast with her blanket. He stirs. One eye opens.

                                                             54.


                        BELLE
              You have to help me... you have to
              stand...                                               
    CUT TO:                                                          
    The beast is slumped across Philippe's saddle. As Belle takes  
    the reins and begins the long walk back to the castle, we RISE
    into the sky, where we can see the border that separates the
    enchanted woods from the outside world, and...

70 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 70

    WOLVES HOWL. Gaston's carriage moves through the scary woods,
    LeFou squeezed in back behind Gaston and Maurice.              
                        MAURICE
              No! I'm sure this is the way! Do you                   
              hear those wolves? That means we're                    
              getting very close to the castle.                      
                        GASTON
              Look, enough is enough.   We have to turn              
              back.
                         MAURICE
              Stop!   That's it!                                     
    Maurice points up ahead to the WITHERED TREE that looks like an  
    ELDERLY PERSON'S CANE -- THE TREE IS STANDING AGAIN, the tunnel
    of trees now hidden behind it. Maurice hops down from the        
    wagon.                                                           
                        MAURICE (CONT'D)
              That's the tree. I'm sure of it. Of                    
              course, it was downed by lightning at                  
              the time, but now it's been restored                   
              to an upright position, through some                   
              sort of... magic. Or other.                            
                        LEFOU
                  (sotto to Gaston)
              You really want to marry into this
              family?
                        MAURICE
              So that means the castle is definitely                 
              that way!                                              
    An angry Gaston steps out and approaches Maurice.                
                        GASTON
              I'm done playing this game of yours.
              Where is Belle?
                        MAURICE
              The beast took her!
                                                           55.


                    GASTON
          There are no such things as beasts, or                 
          talking teacups, or... magic! But there                
          are wolves, frostbite, and starvation.                 
                    LEFOU                                        
          Deep breaths, Gaston.   Deep breaths.                  
                    GASTON                                       
          So why don't we just turn around go back               
          to Villeneuve? I'm sure Belle is at                    
          home, cooking up a lovely dinner...                    
                    MAURICE                                      
          If you think I've made all this up,                    
          then why did you offer to help?                        
                    GASTON
          Because I want to marry your daughter!
          Now let's go home.
                    MAURICE
          Belle is not at home!   She's with the --              
                    GASTON
          IF YOU SAY BEAST ONE MORE TIME, I WILL                 
          FEED YOU TO THE WOLVES!                                

Gaston holds his fist to strike Maurice across the face. LeFou runs over to intervene.

                    LEFOU
          GASTON! STOP! Breathe. Think happy                     
          thoughts. Go back to the war. Blood,                   
          explosions, countless widows...                        
                      GASTON                                     
          Widows...                                              
                    LEFOU                                        
          Yes, yes, that's it, that's it...                      

LeFou's voice snaps Gaston out of his rage. He puts on that Gaston smile like a Halloween mask.

                     GASTON
          Please, forgive me, old bean. That's no                
          way to talk to my future father-in-law,                
          now is it?
                    MAURICE
          Future father-in-law...?   You will never              
          marry my daughter.                                     

A beat. Without a word, Gaston hits Maurice, knocking him out.

                    LEFOU                                        
          I saw that coming...                                   
                                                                  56.


70A EXT. REMOTE FOREST ROAD - NIGHT (LATER) 70A

     Maurice is now tied to a tree. Gaston secures the knot and
     walks to the carriage. Darkness has come over Gaston.               
                         GASTON
               If Maurice won't give me his blessing,                    
               then he is in my way. Once the wolves
               are finished with him, Belle will have
               no one to take care of her but me.
                         LEFOU
               For the sake of exhausting all of our                     
               options, do we maybe want to consider a                   
               less gruesome alternative?                                
     Gaston climbs into the carriage.                                    
                         GASTON                                          
               Are you coming?                                           
     LeFou looks back to Maurice, an apology in his eyes.   He           
     climbs into the carriage.                                           
     Gaston and LeFou ride off, leaving Maurice to die.                  

71 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 71

     The beast lies in his old human bed. Belle dabs a large gash        
     on the beast's arm. The beast bares his fangs and lets out a
     roar.
                         THE BEAST
               ROOOOAARRRR! Ow! That hurts!                              
                         BELLE
               If you held still, it wouldn't hurt as                    
               much.                                                     
                         THE BEAST                                       
               If you hadn't run away, none of this                      
               would have happened.                                      
                         BELLE                                           
               Well if you hadn't frightened me, I                       
               wouldn't have run away.                                   
     The household staff anxiously watches the battle of words.          
                          THE BEAST                                      
               Well you shouldn't have been in the                       
               west wing.                                                
                         BELLE                                           
               Well you should learn to control your                     
               temper.                                                   
                                                              57.


     The beast is momentarily silenced. Belle looks down at the         
     wound she has been dabbing. It's worse than she thought.           
                         BELLE (CONT'D)                                 
               Try to get some rest.                                    
     The beast's breath slows to a low rumble as his eyes slip          
     shut.                                                              
                         MRS. POTTS
               Thank you, Miss.
                         LUMIÈRE
               We are eternally grateful.
                         BELLE
               Why do you care so much about him?                       
                         MRS. POTTS
               We've looked after him all his life.
                          BELLE
               But he has cursed you somehow.                           
                      (off their silence)
               Why? You did nothing.                                    
                         MRS. POTTS
               You're quite right there, dear. You                      
               see, when the master lost his mother,                    
               and his cruel father took that sweet                     
               innocent lad and twisted him up to be                    
               just like him... we did nothing.                         
     Belle notes their shame just as we HEAR the first notes of a
     beautiful melody coming from the ballroom downstairs. This is
     the beast's lullaby -- "DAYS IN THE SUN."                      
                         LUMIÈRE                                        
               Let him sleep.                                           
     As the staff and Belle exit, the beast stirs. We move from         
     his face, shivering in a fever dream, to discover --               

71A INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 71A

     The YOUNG PRINCE gazes down sadly.                                 
                         YOUNG PRINCE                                   
               Days in the sun                                          
               When my life has barely begun                            
     We move around to reveal that he is looking at the pale body       
     of THE QUEEN on her deathbed.                                      
                         YOUNG PRINCE (CONT'D)                          
               Not until my own life is done                            
               Will I ever leave you                                    
                                                               58.


      Behind the prince, a figure approaches: his FATHER. Cruelty      
      written on his face. Placing his large hand on the boy's         
      shoulder, he pulls him out of the room.                          

72 INT. CASTLE - BALLROOM/FOYER - NIGHT 72

      In the gloomy ballroom, Cadenza plays the beautiful melody.
                          CADENZA                                      
                Will I tremble again                                   
                To my dear one's gorgeous refrain?                     
      The melody drifts through the ballroom until we find Lumière and
                                                                      
      Plumette, dancing:                                              
                          LUMIÈRE & PLUMETTE                           
                Will you now forever remain                            
                Out of reach of my arms?                               

72AA INT. CASTLE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 72AA

      Drifting to Mrs. Potts and Chip, as she tucks him into bed in    
      the cupboard:                                                    
                          MRS. POTTS                                   
                Oh those days in the sun                               
                What I'd give to relive just one                       
                Undo what's done                                       
                And bring back the light                               
      The melody wafts up to:                                          

72A INT. BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 72A

      Madame de Garderobe joins in:                                    
                          GARDEROBE                                    
                O I could sing                                         
                Of the pain these dark days bring                      
                The spell we're under                                  
                Still it's the wonder of us                            
                I sing of tonight                                      
      Belle turns to the window, sings:                                
                          BELLE                                        
                How in the midst of all this sorrow                    
                Can so much hope and love endure?                      
                I was innocent and certain                             
                Now I'm wiser but unsure                               
                                                                  59.


             BELLE (CONT'D)                       GARDEROBE                  
     I can't go back into my            Days in the past                     
     childhood                          Ah those precious days               
     One that my father made            couldn't last                        
     secure                             Oh - hold me closer                  
     I can feel the change in me                                             
                                                                         
     I'm stronger now but still                                              
     not free                                                                
                                                                     
     From the window, we PAN across to the castle, to the horizon -  
     - where the sun is rising.                                      

72B OMITTED 72B

72C OMITTED 72C

73 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - MORNING 73

     The beast's eyes are closed as he feels his mother's hand on
     his head one more time. The whole staff looks on:                   
                         ALL
               Days in the sun
               Will return - we must believe
               As lovers do
               That days in the sun
               Will come shining through
     The beast opens his eyes weakly, takes in the low light of
     sunrise. As his vision adjusts, the silhouetted figure by
     his bedside is revealed. Not his mother, but Belle. A smile
     forms on his lips, and he closes his eyes again.
     In the glass jar, a petal drops as if floating on the melody.
     Belle crosses to it.
                         BELLE
               What happens when the last petal falls?
                         LUMIÈRE
               The master remains a beast forever.     And
               the rest of us become...
                           MRS. POTTS                                    
               Antiques.                                                 
                         LUMIÈRE                                         
               Knickknacks.                                              
                         PLUMETTE                                        
               Lightly used houseware.                                   
                           COGSWORTH                                     
               Rubbish.    We become rubbish.                            
                         BELLE
               I want to help you. There must be some
               way to lift the curse.
                                                                60.


    The staff exchange looks.                                          
                         COGSWORTH                                     
               Well, there is one --                                   
    Lumière candle-smacks him, leaving a waxy smear on his face.       
                         MRS. POTTS
               It's not for you to worry about, lamb.
               We've made our bed and we must lie in                   
               it.
    The BEAST opens his eyes, he's been listening. The years of     
    shame and anguish haunt his face as he begins to remember what
    it is to be human.

74 EXT. REMOTE FOREST ROAD - MORNING 74

    Maurice sleeps. Suddenly, we hear the branches crack around
    him. The sound gets closer, and just when we think that wolves
    have found Maurice, we see --
    A HOODED FIGURE emerges from the woods. The figure looks at
    Maurice, his breathing making fog in the cold. Alarmed, the
    figure rushes up and pulls down the hood to reveal --
    AGATHE.   The beggar woman.

75 EXT. AGATHE'S SHELTER - WOODS - DAY 75

    Agathe, her arm around Maurice, guides him into a shelter in a
    small clearing. Gently, she lays him down and removes her
    cloak, spreading it over him for warmth.
    She pulls a bundle off her back and rifles through it, removes
    herbs, a mortar and pestle, and expertly whips up a concoction
    that she brings to Maurice's lips.
                         AGATHE
               Drink.
    He blinks, reviving, as he drinks it down.
                         MAURICE                                       
               Thank you... Agathe.                                    

76 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - DAY 76

    The beast lies in bed, still bandaged.
                         BELLE (O.S.)                                  
               Love can transpose to form and                          
               dignity. Love looks not with the eyes                   
               but with the mind. And therefore --                     
    He opens his eyes to see that Belle isn't reading, she's           
    reciting from memory. He joins in --                               
                                                           61.


                        THE BEAST                                  
              And therefore is winged Cupid painted                
              blind.                                               
    Belle looks up, surprised.                                     
                        BELLE                                      
              So you know Shakespeare?                             
                        THE BEAST                                  
              I had an expensive education.                        
                        BELLE                                      
              Actually, "Romeo and Juliet" is my                   
              favorite play.                                       
                        THE BEAST                                  
              Why is that not a surprise?                          
                           BELLE                                   
              Sorry?                                               
                        THE BEAST                                  
              All that heartache and pining and --                 
                  (a beastly shudder)                              
              There are so many better things to                   
              read.                                                
                           BELLE                                   
              Like what?                                           
    The beast smiles.                                              

77 INT. LIBRARY - CASTLE - DAY 77

    The beast has lead Belle into the biggest grandest private     
    library in all of France. The chamber is vast and lined floor
    to ceiling with books.                                         
                        THE BEAST                                  
              Should be something here you can start               
              with...                                              
    He turns to see Belle, speechless.                             
                        BELLE
              It's wonderful.
                        THE BEAST
              Oh. Yes, I suppose it is... Well, if                 
              you like it so much, then it's yours.                
    The beast starts to leave.     He is stopped by --
                        BELLE
              Have you really read every one of these
              books?
                                                                 62.


                         THE BEAST                                      
               Not all of them. Some are in Greek.                      
                         BELLE                                          
               Was that a joke?   Are you making jokes                  
               now?                                                     
                          THE BEAST                                     
               Maybe.                                                   
     Belle shakes her head but is also charmed.    The beast turns      
     and strides out.                                                   

78 INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 78

     The beast eats at the table, reading a book which sits on a    
     stand. He looks up to see Belle sit at the other end with three
                                                                    
     books. She picks up her spoon and starts to eat. The beast     
     plants his face in the bowl. Looks up a second later having    
     inhaled the soup, half of which is dripping from his fur. Belle
                                                                    
     attempts a smile. "SOMETHING THERE" begins.                    

78A EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - WOODED GLEN - DAY 78A

     Belle and the beast cross a stone footbridge. She reads            
     aloud to the patient, who moves tentatively, favoring a            
     wounded leg.                                                       
                         BELLE                                          
               The air is blue and keen and cold                        
               And in a frozen sheath enrolled                          
     The beast stops.   Belle, savoring the words, keeps walking.       
                         BELLE (CONT'D)                                 
               Each branch, each twig, each blade of                    
               grass                                                    
               Seems clad miraculously with glass                       
     Belle notices that she's walking alone.   She turns back, sees     
     the beast staring out soulfully:                                   
                         BEAST                                          
               I feel as if I'm seeing it for the                       
               first time.                                              
     As she follows his gaze, we reveal a splendidly desolate           
     landscape. The very thing Belle has just described, now            
     spread out before her.                                             
                         BEAST (CONT'D)                                 
               Is there more?                                           
     Belle smiles, pleased that for a moment at least he's become       
     a fan of poetry. She reads:                                        
                                                              63.


                        BELLE                                        
              But in that solemn silence                             
              Is heard the whisper                                   
              Of every sleeping thing:                               
              "Look, look at me                                      
              Come wake me up                                        
              For still here I be."                                  
    Belle meets the beast's eyes.   Both suddenly aware of hidden    
    meanings in the poet's words.                                    

79 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - DAY 79

    In the fresh snow, Belle brushes Philippe's coat. The beast     
    looks at Belle -- she nods -- and he pets the horse. Philippe  
    reacts skittishly, causing the beast to withdraw. Belle takes  
    his hand and places it on Philippe. Then, as she turns away --  
                        BELLE
              There's something sweet and almost
              kind
              But he was mean and he was coarse and
              unrefined
    She looks back -- sees the beast petting Philippe.               
                        BELLE (CONT'D)
              And now he's dear and so unsure
              I wonder why I didn't see it there
              before
    Suddenly, a snowball hits the beast.   He turns to see Belle     
    smiling.                                                         
    The beast builds a huge snowball, and hurls it at Belle. It      
    knocks her clean off her feet and into the snow. Off the         
    beast, grinning in delight --                                    

80 OMITTED 80

81 INT. DINING ROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 81

    Belle reads at her end of the long dining table. She looks up
    and sees the beast looking at her. "May I?" She nods, goes     
    back to her book. As he walks the length of the table:         
                         THE BEAST
              She glanced this way
              I thought I saw
              And when we touched
              She didn't shudder at my paw
              No, it can't be
              I'll just ignore
              But then she's never looked at me that
              way before
    The beast sits. He grabs his bowl and slurps down the soup,      
    then catches himself as he sees Belle watching him.
                                                               64.


    After a moment, she picks up her bowl and drinks the soup the
    same way. The beast smiles. They loudly slurp and laugh           
    together.

82 INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE / EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - DAY 82

    Plumette and several Ettes remove dust bags from the              
    chandeliers, as Belle stands on a balcony, sleeves rolled up.     
    She scrubs a dirty window, causing a beam of sunlight to          
    strike Cadenza. Meanwhile Chapeau mops the floor, cleaning        
    off years of grime, revealing the shiny marble underneath.        
                        BELLE
              New and a bit alarming
              Who'd have ever thought that this
              could be?
    Through the cleaned windows she sees the beast outside,
    walking Philippe -- and talking to him.                           
                        BELLE (CONT'D)
              True that he's no Prince Charming
              But there's something in him that I
              simply didn't see!

83 INT. LIBRARY - CASTLE - DAY 83

    Belle stands on a ladder, pulling down book after book, and    
    handing them to the beast. The staff watches from the corner.  
                        PLUMETTE
              Well, who'd have thought?
                        MRS. POTTS
              Well, bless my soul!
                        COGSWORTH
              Well, who'd have known?
                        LUMIÈRE
              Well, who indeed?
    The towering stack in the beast's arms teeters until the LIBRARY 
    TABLE scoots up behind him, allowing him to set the stack down.  
    The beast nods gratefully, and the wizened GLOBE on the tabletop 
    nods back. As the staff moves away:                              
                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
              And who'd have guessed
              They'd come together on their own?
                        MRS. POTTS
              It's so peculiar, wait and see.
                        ALL
              We'll wait and see!
              A few days more
                        (MORE)
                                                             65.
                        ALL (CONT'D)
              There may be something there that wasn't
              there before.
                        COGSWORTH
              You know, perhaps there's something
              there that wasn't there before.
                        CHIP
              What, mama?
                        MRS. POTTS
              There may be something there that wasn't
              there before.
                        CHIP
              What is it, what's there?
                        MRS. POTTS
              I'll tell you when you're older.
    Chip waits a long beat.                                          
                        CHIP                                         
              Okay, I'm older!                                       
    Mrs. Potts laughs.                                               
                        MRS. POTTS                                   
              Oh Chip, you are a one!                                

84 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - COLONNADE - DAY 84

    Sitting in the beautiful rose garden, the beast looks up from    
    his book as Belle approaches.                                    
                        BELLE                                        
              What are you reading?                                  
                           THE BEAST                                 
              Nothing.                                               
    He hides the book but Belle catches the title.                   
                        BELLE                                        
              Guinevere and Lancelot.                                
                        THE BEAST                                    
              Well actually, King Arthur and the                     
              Round Table. Knights, and men, and                     
              swords and things...                                   
                        BELLE                                        
              But still... it's a romance.                           
    The beast nods, a bit shyly.                                     
                           THE BEAST                                 
              All right.     I felt like a change.                   
                                                                     66.


                        BELLE
              I never thanked you for saving my life.
                        THE BEAST
              Well I never thanked you... for not                           
              leaving me to be eaten by wolves.                             
    Belle laughs. A quiet charged moment, which ends with the               
    SHOUTS and LAUGHTER of the servants in the castle. Belle and            
    the beast can't help but smile.
                        BELLE
              They know how to have a good time.                            
                        THE BEAST
              Yes. But when I enter the room,                               
              laughter dies.
                        BELLE
              Me, too. The villagers say that I'm a                         
              "funny girl," but I don't think they                          
              mean it as a compliment.                                      
                           THE BEAST
              I'm sorry.     Your village sounds                            
              terrible.                                                     
                        BELLE
              Almost as lonely as your castle.                              
    He turns to her with a melancholy smile.       Then, an idea.           
                        THE BEAST                                           
              What do you say we run away?                                  
    Belle is surprised by the suggestion.                                   

85 INT. LIBRARY - CASTLE - NIGHT 85

    The beast unlocks a desk cabinet. In it, resting on velvet,
    its gold-leaf cover faintly glimmering with magic, is a                 
    LEATHER BOUND BOOK covered in a thick layer of dust.                    
                        THE BEAST
              Another little "gift" from the                                
              Enchantress...                                                
    The beast cracks open the book to reveal AN ANTIQUE WORLD               
    ATLAS. No countries. Just land and sea.                                 
                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              A book that truly allows you to                               
              escape.                                                       
    Belle moves closer to find the pen and ink drawing is alive.
    Waves lap the beaches. Green trees sway in invisible wind.              
                                                                  67.


                        BELLE
              How amazing.                                               
                        THE BEAST
              It was her cruelest trick of all. The
              outside world has no place for a                           
              creature like me. But it can for you.                      
    The beast offers his hand and Belle takes it.    He gently           
    moves her hand to the book.                                          
                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              Think of the place you've most wanted
              to see. First, see it in your mind's
              eye. Now feel it in your heart.                            
    Belle nods -- this isn't a difficult decision. The moment            
    her hand hits the page, we ENTER it, SPINNING through                
    celestial flares -- which blur and recombine -- as the lights        
    of Paris. We descend over the city and into...                       

86 INT. ARTIST'S GARRET - MONTMARTRE - NIGHT 86

    ... the top floor of a windmill in Montmartre.
                        THE BEAST
              Where did you take us?
                        BELLE
              Paris.
    The beast looks out of a window and sees glittering lights.          
                        THE BEAST
              Oh, I love Paris. What would you like
              to see first? Notre Dame? The Champs-
              Elysées? No? Too touristy?                                 
    He turns to find Belle silent.   Her eyes brimming with tears.       
                        BELLE
              It's so much smaller than I imagined.
    The beast watches Belle walk through her childhood home...           
    the artist's garret that Maurice recreated in his signature          
    music box. Abandoned years ago, the room is crumbling.               
    Belle finds the remains of her father's easel. A tarnished
    wall mirror. Her own broken crib.
                        BELLE (CONT'D)
              This is the Paris of my childhood
              These were the borders of my life
              In this crumbling dusty attic
              Where an artist loved his wife
              I thought that I would find an answer
              Here where his heart has always lived
                        (MORE)
                                                            68.
                   BELLE (CONT'D)
         Now I see it's empty and abandoned
         Easy to remember
         Harder to move on
         Knowing that the Paris of my childhood
         Is gone

Belle notices something tucked into a corner of the crib. She pries it loose. It is a BABY'S RATTLE carved into the shape of a rose. The beast focuses on it.

                   THE BEAST
         What happened to your mother?                            
                   BELLE
         That's the only story Papa could never
         bring himself to tell. And I knew                        
         better than to ask...                                    

As she speaks, the beast notices something on a chair. The dark, pointed mask of a plague doctor. He looks up.

                     THE BEAST
         Plague.

The revelation lands on Belle's face. She looks around.

IN QUICK TIGHT SHOTS ---

Belle glimpses what must have happened. A DOCTOR stands in the doorway, his face covered by the mask.

                   DOCTOR                                         
         You must leave. Now.                                     

A bag is hastily packed, Belle's YOUNGER FATHER (barely seen) taking only what is necessary. He stops to gaze at Belle's MOTHER, who lies on her deathbed, surrounded by medicines.

                   BELLE'S MOTHER                                 
         Quickly... before it takes her too...                    

She closes her eyes, turns away.

Maurice picks up the baby... who drops her beloved rose- shaped rattle. Belle's mother touches it to her lips as husband and child disappear.

BACK TO THE PRESENT

Belle stares at the rattle.

                   THE BEAST
         I am sorry I ever called your father a                   
         thief.                                                   

Belle lifts her head, her wet eyes look at him.

                                                               69.


                        BELLE
              Let's go home.
    She means the castle.   The beast nods, takes her hand.           

87 EXT. COUNTRY INN - EVENING 87

    Wind and rain dance in front of the inn.   MUSIC and DRUNKEN      
    LAUGHTER inside.
                        LEFOU
              Wow, this is some storm. At least                       
              we're not tied to a tree in the middle                  
              of nowhere, right? You know it's not                    
              too late, we could just go get him...                   
    Gaston doesn't react.                                             
                        LEFOU (CONT'D)                                
              It's just, every time I close my eyes,                  
              I picture Maurice stranded out there.                   
              And then when I open them, he's --                      

88 INT. COUNTRY INN - EVENING 88

    They enter and see MAURICE surrounded by Pere Robert and Jean     
    the potter.                                                       
                        LEFOU                                         
                  (excitedly)                                         
              Maurice!                                                
    LeFou realizes he shouldn't be happy and tamps down his           
    smile. Maurice and Gaston lock eyes. Gaston quickly               
    assesses the situation.
                        TAVERN KEEPER                                 
              Gaston, did you try to kill Maurice?
    Just when we think Gaston might run or fight or deny, he smiles  
    warmly.                                                          
                        GASTON
              Oh, Maurice! Thank heavens. I've spent                  
              the last five days trying to find you.                  
    Suddenly, the villagers shift their gaze to Maurice.
                        MAURICE
              No! You tried to kill me!    You left                   
              me for the wolves!                                      
                        GASTON
              Maurice, it's one thing to rave about
              your delusions. It's another to accuse
              me of attempted murder.
                                                          70.


Gaston's argument lands. The gentle Maurice feels the room slipping away from him.

                   JEAN
         Maurice, do you have any proof of what                 
         you're saying?                                         
                   MAURICE
         Ask Agathe! She rescued me!

Before Agathe can speak --

                    GASTON
         Agathe? You'd hang your accusation on
         the testimony of a filthy hag?                         
                (to Agathe)
         No offense, Agathe.                                    

Agathe raises an eyebrow - but says nothing.

                   MAURICE
         Monsieur LeFou! He was there.     He saw
         it all.
                   LEFOU                                        
         Me?                                                    
                   GASTON
         You're right. Don't take my word for
         it.

He puts his arm around LeFou and pulls him close.

                   GASTON (CONT'D)                              
         LeFou, my dearest companion, did I,                    
         your oldest friend and most loyal                      
         compatriot, try to kill the father of                  
         the only woman I've ever loved?

All eyes turn to LeFou, who is clearly torn.

                   LEFOU                                        
         It's a complicated question on a                       
         number of accounts, but... no. No, he                  
         did not.                                               

The crowd reacts. Maurice is crestfallen. Gaston has won. Maurice lunges at Gaston -- who catches his flying fist, easily subduing him.

                   GASTON
         Maurice, it pains me to say this, but
         you've become a danger to yourself and
         others. No wonder Belle ran away. You                  
         need help, sir. A place to heal your
         troubled mind.
                                                               71.


    Gaston signals to Tom, Dick, and Stanley -- and Maurice turns to
    see them block the exit. Gaston places his large hand on
    Maurice's shoulder -- and squeezes. Maurice winces.
                        GASTON (CONT'D)
              Everything's going to be fine.                            

89 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - EVENING 89

    The beast sits in a tub -- far too small for him.   There's         
    shadow-play on the curtain.                                         
                        BEAST                                           
              I saw her in the ballroom, and I said,                    
              well, you're making this so beautiful,                    
              we should have a dance tonight. I never                   
              thought she'd actually say yes! What                      
              was I thinking?!                                          
                        LUMIÈRE                                         
              No, Master, it's perfect! The rose has                    
              only four petals left. Which means
              tonight... you must tell her how you
              feel.
    The beast stands, appearing above the curtain, sopping wet.         
                        THE BEAST
              I feel like a fool. She will never love
              me.
                        LUMIÈRE
              Do not be discouraged.
    The beast shakes his coat dry like a dog.   The spray               
    extinguishes Lumière's candles.
                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
              She is the one.
                        THE BEAST                                       
              I wish you'd stop saying that!                            
                                                        CUT TO:         
    The beast plops into his a seat in front of the mirror.             
                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              There is no one.                                          
                        LUMIÈRE
              You care for her, don't you? Well                         
              then, woo her with beautiful music and                    
              romantic candlelight...                                   
                        PLUMETTE                                        
              Yes, and when the moment's just                           
              right...                                                  
                                                             72.


                         THE BEAST                                   
               But how will I know?                                  
                         COGSWORTH                                   
               You will feel slightly nauseous.                      
                         LUMIÈRE                                     
               Don't worry, master, you'll do fine.                  
                         MRS. POTTS                                  
               Just stop being a coward and tell                     
               Belle how you feel. And if you don't,                 
               I promise you'll be drinking cold tea                 
               for the rest of your life.                            
                         LUMIÈRE                                     
               In the dark.                                          
                         PLUMETTE                                    
               Covered in dust.                                      
                         LUMIÈRE                                     
               Dark and very very dusty.                             
     Off the beast, taking this in --                                
                                                         CUT TO:     

89A A brief MONTAGE, as the castle staff give the beast a very

                                                              89A    
     bad makeover.                                                   
                         LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                            
               Start with the hair! Women love nice                  
               hair.                                                 
                         MRS. POTTS                                  
               I'll take the fingers and toes!                       
                         COGSWORTH                                   
               Chapeau, brush those teeth!                           
     Chapeau wields scissors and a brush as Mrs. Potts pours hot     
     water into Chip. The beast is pushed and pulled, primped and    
     snipped. His fingers are dipped into Chip, his nails buffed     
     by Mrs. Potts' steam, as Lumière climbs onto his horns.         
                         LUMIÈRE                                     
               Dip dip, snip snip...                                 
     Plumette powders the beast's face --                            
                         PLUMETTE                                    
               Eyes closed, poof poof!                               
                         LUMIÈRE                                     
               And the pièce de résistance...                        
                                                             73.


    Chapeau places one of the Prince's old wigs on the beast.      
    Plumette pecks his cheek with a beauty mark. The beast spins in
                                                                   
    his chair to see himself in the mirror, and -- he's totally    
    ridiculous. The staff, dejected, takes in its handiwork.       
                        LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                              
              OK, I can fix this!                                     

90 INT. BELLE'S BEDROOM - CASTLE - EVENING 90

    Garderobe finishes dressing Belle.                                
                           GARDEROBE                                  
              Beautiful.     But something is missing.                
    Garderobe looks up. There's dust around the gilding that glows  
    in the moonlight. A moment of inspiration.
                           GARDEROBE (CONT'D)                         
              Ahh, yes.     The finishing touch.                      
    Garderobe sweeps her arm, and the gold dust magically whooshes
    down, settling on Belle's gown, and completing it.

91 INT. GRAND STAIRCASE - CASTLE - NIGHT 91

    Belle is breathtaking as she is revealed on the upper             
    landing.                                                          
    Mustering his courage, the beast descends from the west wing.
    She gazes over at the beast, who looks resplendent. She sees      
    him in a new light.                                               
    "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" begins. From the bottom of the             
    staircase, Mrs. Potts watches with Chip --                        
                        MRS. POTTS
              Tale as old as time
              True as it can be
              Barely even friends
              Then somebody bends unexpectedly
    The beast and Belle meet on the center landing and descend the  
    staircase. Arm in arm, they enter --                            

92 INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - NIGHT 92

    -- the absolutely resplendent ballroom. It has been cleaned and
                                                                   
    scrubbed to its former glory. The great windows offer a        
    magnificent view of the starry night.
                        MRS. POTTS
              Just a little change
              Small to say the least
              Both a little scared
              Neither one prepared
              Beauty and the Beast
                                                             74.


    As the music rises, Belle bows. The beast bows in return. She  
    offers him her hands -- and nervously, he takes them. They     
    begin to dance, gliding across the ballroom --                 
    CAMERA sweeps up to see CARVED INSTRUMENTAL FIGURES --
    VIOLIN, VIOLAS, HARP -- which have come to life and are
    playing accompaniment with CADENZA -- sparkling with polish.
                        MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
              Ever just the same
              Ever a surprise
              Ever as before
              Ever just as sure
              As the sun will rise
              Tale as old as time
              Tune as old as song
              Bittersweet and strange
              Finding you can change
              Learning you were wrong
    ANGLE ON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- in this moment, nothing in the
    world exists except each other. Despite his bulk, the beast is
    careful, gentle, graceful. The lights in the ballroom grow dim  
    as he lifts her, spinning. Belle is swept away.                  
    ANGLE ON THE HOUSEHOLD STAFF -- watching in mounting hope and
    excitement. On top of Cadenza, Lumière puts an arm around        
    Cogsworth, pulling him closer.                                   
                        MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)
              Certain as the sun
              Rising in the East
              Tale as old as time
              Song as old as rhyme
              Beauty and the Beast
    The lights come back up as the terrace doors open, allowing      
    Belle and the beast to step outdoors.
                        MRS.   POTTS (CONT'D)
              Tale as old as   time
              Song as old as   rhyme
              Beauty and the   Beast
    Chip nuzzles his mother, as Belle and the beast move out to:     

93 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 93

    Belle and the beast stand together under the stars.              
                        THE BEAST
              I haven't danced in years.   I'd almost                
              forgotten the feeling.                                 
    Mustering his courage --                                         
                                                                75.


                        THE   BEAST (CONT'D)                           
              It's foolish,   I suppose, for a                         
              creature like   me to hope that one day                  
              he might earn   your affection.                          
                        BELLE                                          
              I don't know...                                          
                        THE BEAST                                      
              Really? So you think you could be                        
              happy here?                                              
                        BELLE                                          
              Could anyone be happy if they're not                     
              free?                                                    
    She gazes wistfully toward the forest.                             
                        BELLE (CONT'D)                                 
              My father taught me to dance.   I used                   
              to step on his toes a lot.                               
                        THE BEAST                                      
              You must miss him.                                       
                           BELLE                                       
              Very much.                                               
                         THE BEAST                                     
                     (thinks, decides)                                 
              Would you like to see him?                               

94 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 94

    Belle stares into the beast's hand mirror.                         
                        BELLE                                          
              I'd like to see my father.                               
    A glow of magic. When it clears Belle sees Maurice -- being        
    manhandled in the village square! He looks terrified.              
                         BELLE (CONT'D)
              Papa!   What are they doing to him?!                     
    The beast reacts to her suffering.   A moment of choice.           
                        THE BEAST
                  (pained)
              You must go to him.
                        BELLE
              What did you say?
                        THE BEAST
              You must go to him. No time to waste.                    
                                                              76.


     Belle looks at the beast as she has never done before -- with
     gratitude and appreciation. She moves to return the mirror.
                         THE BEAST (CONT'D)
               No. Keep it with you. And you'll
               always have a way to look back on me.
                            BELLE
               Thank you.
     She rushes out.                                                  

94A INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 94A

     Belle runs down the grand staircase towards the door. She        
     stops, seeing Chapeau. He bows to her, silently, sadly.          
     Choking back tears, she is gone.                                 
     Chapeau looks up to the landing, and sees Mrs. Potts standing    
     there, watching. Heartbroken.                                    

94B INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE 94B

     The beast unclasps his beautiful coat and lets it fall to the    
     ground. Cogsworth enters, eager for news.                        
                         COGSWORTH
               Well, master, I may have had my doubts,
               but everything is moving like clockwork.
               True love really does win the day!                     
                         THE BEAST
               I let her go.
                         COGSWORTH
               You... WHAT!?                                          
     Lumière and Plumette enter behind Cogsworth, followed by Mrs.    
     Potts.                                                           
                         LUMIÈRE
               Master... how could you do that?
                            THE BEAST
               I had to.
                            COGSWORTH                                 
               But why?
     The beast doesn't answer.                                        
                         MRS. POTTS
               Because he loves her.
                         LUMIÈRE
               Then why are we not human?                             
                                                               77.


                         COGSWORTH
                     (angry)
              Because she doesn't love him!    And now,
              it's too late.
                        PLUMETTE                                       
              But she might still come back --                         
                        THE BEAST                                      
              No. I've set her free. I'm sorry I                       
              couldn't do the same for all of you.                     
    He turns away, unable to face them.                                
                           THE BEAST (CONT'D)                          
              Now go.     Our time is almost past.                     
    The staff retreats.    As "EVERMORE" begins, the beast pulls on    
    a dark cape.                                                       
                          THE BEAST (CONT'D)                           
              I   was the one who had it all                           
              I   was the master of my fate                            
              I   never needed anybody in my life                      
              I   learned the truth too late                           

95 INT./EXT. TURRETS - CASTLE - NIGHT 95

    He steps onto the balcony of his lair. From his POV, we see        
    Belle mounting Philippe on the castle grounds below.
                        THE BEAST
              I'll never shake away the pain                           
              I close my eyes but she's still there                    
              I let her steal into my melancholy                       
              heart                                                    
              It's more than I can bear                                
    Belle sets off and the beast begins to climb the castle
    turrets.
                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              Now I know she'll never leave me                         
              Even as she runs away                                    
              She will still torment me, calm me,                      
              hurt me, move me come what may                           
    The beast climbs higher and higher, to keep Belle in sight as      
    she gets further and further away.
                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              Wasting in my lonely tower                               
              Waiting by an open door                                  
              I'll fool myself she'll walk right in                    
              And be with me for evermore                              
    The beast climbs, Belle riding, until he reaches the highest
    turret of the castle.
                                                                78.


                        THE BEAST (CONT'D)
              I rage against the trials of love                        
              I curse the fading of the light                          
              Though she's already flown so far                        
              beyond my reach                                          
              She's never out of sight                                 
              Now I know she'll never leave me                         
              Even as she fades from view                              
              She will still torment me, be part of                    
              everything I do                                          
              Wasting in my lonely tower                               
              Waiting by an open door                                  
              I'll fool myself she'll walk right in                    
              And as the long long nights begin                        
              I'll think of all that might have been                   
              Waiting here for evermore                                
    The beast stands at the edge of the turret as Belle finally        
    disappears through the castle gates.                               

96 EXT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - SQUARE - NIGHT 96

    A horse-drawn asylum wagon thunders into the square where
    Maurice is surrounded by taunting villagers. The eerie
    driver, MONSIEUR D'ARQUE, steps out as Tom, Dick and Stanley
    throw Maurice into his cage on wheels. Villagers approach
    the wagon like 18th century rubberneckers.                         
    Gaston leans into the wagon. The gathering crowd is just loud
    enough to mask a private plea to Maurice...
                        GASTON
              Have you ever seen the inside of a mad
              house, Maurice? You wouldn't last a
              week. Just give me your daughter's                       
              hand, and I'll set you free.
                        MAURICE                                        
              Never.                                                   
    Gaston clenches his jaw and locks the door with a CLANK.           
                        GASTON
              Take him away!
    The wagon begins to move. The rubberneckers watch the wagon        
    until they are silenced by a loud...
                        BELLE (O.S.)
              STOP!
    Belle's voice cuts through the crowd.   They turn and gape at --  
    BELLE, DAZZLING, IN HER EVENING GOWN.
    The crowd parts before her as she dismounts Philippe and
    moves to the wagon. They whisper as she passes --
                                                           79.


                   VILLAGERS
         "Belle..." "Where did she come from?"
         "Is that Belle..." "Look at that
         dress..."

Gaston stares, slack-jawed, unable to believe his eyes. We linger on the jealous village lasses, the puzzled Jean, the confused LeFou, the foul-tempered Clothilde, the bewildered Pere Robert, and in the shadows... Agathe.

Belle fearlessly strides right in front of the wagon. The horses jump up, startled. Belle runs to the locked door.

                    MAURICE
         Belle?   I thought I'd lost you!                        

Belle sees her father injured on the floor of the wagon.

                   BELLE
         Open this door! He's hurt!

Monsieur d'Arque climbs down to calm her.

                   MONSIEUR D'ARQUE
         I'm afraid we can't do that, miss.   But
         we'll take very good care of him.                       
                   BELLE
         My father's not crazy!   Gaston...
         Tell him!
                   GASTON
         Belle, you know how loyal I am to your
         family, but your father has been making
         some unbelievable claims.
                   JEAN
         It's true, Belle. He's been raving
         about a beast in a castle.
                   BELLE
         I have just come from the castle and                    
         there is a beast!                                       
                   GASTON
         We all admire your devotion to your
         father, but you'd say anything to free
         him. Your word is hardly proof.

Belle pulls out the magic mirror from her sash.

                   BELLE
         You want proof? SHOW ME THE BEAST!                      

In the mirror, the beast sits slumped against a turret wall. The villagers gasp. Gaston's face registers shock.

                                                          80.


                   BELLE (CONT'D)
         There is your proof!
                   GASTON
         This is sorcery!

Gaston snatches the mirror from Belle and holds it up to the villagers.

                    GASTON (CONT'D)
         Look at this beast. Look at his fangs,                  
         his claws.                                              

The villagers recoil in fright.

                   BELLE
         No, don't be afraid.    He is gentle and
         kind.
                   GASTON
         The monster has put her under a spell!                  
         If I didn't know better, I'd say she
         even cared for him.                                     
                   BELLE
         He's not a monster, Gaston. You are.                    
             (appeals to everyone)                               
         The beast would never hurt anyone.                      
                   GASTON
         I have heard of the effects of dark                     
         magic, but never seen it with my own                    
         eyes before! This is a threat to our                    
         very existence!                                         

Raucous cries of "Gaston Gaston Gaston!" rise. Gaston holds the mirror up.

                   GASTON (CONT'D)                               
             (to the thugs)                                      
         We can't have her running off to warn                   
         the beast. Lock her up too.                             

Tom, Dick and Stanley strong-arm Belle into the wagon with her father.

                   BELLE                                         
         This isn't over Gaston, you'll see!                     
                   LEFOU                                         
         Gaston, with all due respect --                         
                   GASTON                                        
         DO YOU WANT TO BE NEXT?    Fetch my                     
         horse.                                                  
                                                           81.


Gaston hops onto the back of the wagon and addresses the crowd. The "MOB SONG" begins as we move through the frightened villagers --

                    GASTON (CONT'D)
         That creature will curse us all if we
         don't stop him! Well, I say we KILL
         THE BEAST!
                   TOM
         We're not safe until he's dead
                   DICK
         He'll come stalking us at night
                   JEAN
         Set to sacrifice our children
         To his monstrous appetite!
                   CLOTHILDE
         He'll wreak havoc on our village
         If we let him wander free!
                   GASTON
         So it's time to take some action, boys
         It's time to follow me!

Gaston grabs a TORCH from a villager and tosses it into a barrel of pitch. Flames rise to the sky.

                   GASTON (CONT'D)
         Through the mist, through the wood
         Through the darkness and the shadows
         It's a nightmare but it's one exciting
         ride

Gaston lights Clothilde's torch, then clasps the shoulder of Monsieur d'Arque, who watches helplessly as his asylum wagon horses are commandeered by the mob.

                    GASTON (CONT'D)                              
         Say a prayer, then we're there
         At the drawbridge of a castle
         And there's something truly terrible
         inside
         It's a beast, he's got fangs razor
         sharp ones
         Massive paws, killer claws for the
         feast
         Hear him roar, see him foam
         But we're not coming home
         `Til he's dead, good and dead...
         KILL THE BEAST!

Some villagers seize shovels, pitchforks, axes. Some light torches in the pitch. Others wrench a boar's head PIKE STAFF from outside the country inn. Pere Robert tries to calm the frenzy but the force of the mob pushes him back.

                                                                82.


                         MOB
               Light your torch, mount your horse!
                         GASTON
               Screw your courage to the sticking place
                         MOB
               We're counting on Gaston to lead the
               way                                                     
                                                                       

97 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 97

     Gaston and LeFou crash into the woods at a full gallop.
                         GASTON                                        
               Call it war                                             
               Call it threat                                          
               You can bet they all will follow                        
               For in times like this they'll do just                  
               as I say                                                
     LeFou's doubts are growing:
                          LEFOU
               There's a beast
               Running wild there's no question
               But I fear
               The wrong monster's released
                         MOB
               Sally forth, tally ho
               Grab your sword, grab your bow
               Praise the Lord and here we go!
     Gaston holds up the mirror.
                         GASTON
               Show me the castle!
     IN THE MIRROR -- Gaston sees the hidden path to the castle.       

100 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 100

     Plumette's head rests on Lumière's shoulder.    Mrs. Potts nuzzles
     Chip.
                         LUMIÈRE
               At least he has finally learned to love.                
                         COGSWORTH
               A lot of good that does us if she
               doesn't love him in return.
                         MRS. POTTS
               No. This is the first time I've had any
               real hope she would.
                                                              83.


     ANGLE ON CHIP -- he hears a distant sound -- the rumble of
     MARCHING BOOTS -- puzzled, he hops to the window embrasure --
                         CHIP
               Did you hear that, mama?    Is it her!?
               Is she coming back?!                                   
     The staff and Froufrou jump up, excited, and move to the window.
     They see torches in the distance.
                         LUMIÈRE
               Could it be?
     They look through the glass, distorted with frost, as the mob
     moves through the garden. Lumière warms the windowpane with his
     flame to see more clearly.
                            LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)
               Sacrebleu!     Invaders.
                            MRS. POTTS
               Ruffians!                                              
                         COGSWORTH
               Well, there you go. So much for true                   
               love. Man the barricades, and hold                     
               fast!                                                  
     They hop down from the embrasure.                                

102 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 102

     Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Plumette and Chapeau stand
     at the front door, forming a sad barricade.
                         CASTLE STAFF
               Hearts ablaze, banners high
               We go marching into battle --
               Unafraid although the danger just
               increased
                         CADENZA
               Move aside!
     Cadenza crab-walks in from the ballroom, standing vertically and
     propping himself against the door. The others gather around
     him.

103 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 103

     The mob hauls their boar's head battering ram up to the door.
                         MOB
               Raise the flag, sing the song
               Here we come, we're fifty strong
               And fifty Frenchmen can't be wrong
               Let's kill the beast!
                                                                 84.


103A INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 103A

      CRASH! The battering ram breaks through the postern door,         
      which falls out of the door frame.                                
                          COGSWORTH                                     
                We need help!                                           
      He lopes towards the staircase.                                   

105 INT. ASYLUM WAGON - VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - NIGHT 105

      Belle gazes out the prison bars, sees d'Arque pacing by the       
      fountain. She whispers to Maurice --                              
                          BELLE                                         
                I have to warn the beast --                             
                            MAURICE                                     
                Warn him?    How did you get away from                  
                him?                                                    
                          BELLE                                         
                He let me go, papa.     He sent me back                 
                to you.                                                 
                          MAURICE                                       
                I don't understand.                                     
      She holds up the rose-shaped rattle.    Maurice recognizes it     
      immediately.                                                      
                          BELLE                                         
                He took me there. I know what                           
                happened to maman.                                      
      Maurice takes the rattle.   Stunned.                              
                          MAURICE                                       
                Then you know I had to leave her                        
                there. I had to protect you. I've                       
                always tried to protect you... too                      
                much, perhaps...                                        
      He stops, eyes filled with tears.                                 
                          BELLE                                         
                I understand.                                           
      She takes his hand and kisses it.                                 
                          BELLE (CONT'D)                                
                Will you help me now?                                   
                          MAURICE                                       
                It's dangerous.                                         
                                                                85.


                          BELLE                                        
               Yes.   Yes it is.                                       
     Maurice sees the courage and determination in her eyes.   And     
     his own eyes light up with an idea.                               
                         MAURICE                                       
               Of course I could try to pick the                       
               lock. After all, it's only gears and                    
               springs. But I would need something                     
               long and sharp --                                       
     He stops as Belle, a step ahead, removes and hands him one of     
     her long hairpins.                                                
                            MAURICE (CONT'D)                           
               Like that.     Perfect.                                 
     Maurice gets to work.                                             

104 EXT. HIGHEST TURRET - CASTLE - NIGHT 104

     Cogsworth hops up the spiral staircase and out onto the           
     turret. He spots the beast, perched among the gargoyles.          
                         COGSWORTH
               Pardon me, master. I'm sorry to                         
               disturb you, but --                                     
                         THE BEAST                                     
               She's not coming back.                                  
                         COGSWORTH                                     
               No... the castle is under attack!                       
                         THE BEAST                                     
               It doesn't matter now.    Just let them                 
               come.

106 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 106

     The battering ram smashes against the door.
                         MOB
               Kill the beast!     Kill the beast!

107 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 107

     The door is giving way, the mob is too strong.
                         MRS. POTTS
               This isn't working!
                         LUMIÈRE
               I know what to do.                                      
                                                                86.


108 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 108

     The battering ram smashes again.
                         MOB
               Kill the beast!     Kill the beast!

109 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 109

     The castle staff has now vanished, their barricade dismantled.
     A series of bolts on the door slide open one by one, top to
     bottom. The door unlocking itself...

110 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 110

     The battering ram smashes the door one last time --
                         MOB
               Kill the beast!     Kill the beast!
     The door swings open easily and the mob tumbles inside, to find:

111 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 111

     It's EMPTY. Met by eerie silence, Gaston and the mob cautiously
     enter. The door barely hangs on its hinges.
     Villagers hold up torches. The flickering light reveals
     FURNITURE. Chairs. A coat rack. A feather duster. A
     candelabra. A tea pot and teacup. A harpsichord.
                         LEFOU
               Are you not the least bit concerned that                  
               this castle might be haunted?                             
                         GASTON
               Don't lose your nerve, LeFou.
     Gaston looks into the mirror. ANGLE ON LeFou -- he notices          
     Mrs. Potts. Brings his torch close to study her.
     ANGLE ON THE MOB -- among them, Jean the potter stares at the
     eerie castle foyer --
                         JEAN
               This place seems familiar... like I've                    
               been here before...                                       
     Gaston approaches the west wing stairs.    LeFou brings his face
     down to the tea pot and teacup.                                     
                         LEFOU                                           
               You must be the talking teacup.       And                 
               you must be his grandmother.                              
     Mrs. Potts' EYES open.   Furious.                                   
                                                              87.


                         MRS. POTTS                                     
               Grand-mother? ATTACK!                                    
     LeFou jumps back. ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE as the furniture comes  
     alive. Chairs kick the shins of several villagers. Plumette
     feathers villagers' faces furiously, causing them to have
     sneezing fits. As other villagers funnel in, the "Lend-a-Hand"
     lights outside the door bonk several of them on the head.
     They're alive after all.
     Chapeau spins Gaston around and is about to land a blow when       
     GASTON GRABS LEFOU and puts him in the line of fire. LeFou         
     becomes a human punching bag as Cadenza approaches and rears       
     up on his hind legs. His shadow falls across Gaston, who           
     dives out of the way -- leaving LeFou exposed.                     
                           LEFOU                                        
               Gaston!                                                  
     Cadenza comes crashing down on LeFou, squashing him flat.          
     Gaston looks down at his friend.                                   
                         LEFOU (CONT'D)                                 
                   (weak, muffled)                                      
               Gaston... help...                                        
     Gaston looks from LeFou to the enchanted mirror, then to the       
     grand staircase.                                                   
                         GASTON                                         
               Sorry, old friend.   It's hero time.                     
     Gaston rushes up the staircase.   Lefou passes out.                

112 INT. VILLAGE OF VILLENEUVE - NIGHT 112

     Monsieur d'Arque paces in the square, when he notices the          
     door to the asylum wagon is ajar. He runs to the wagon and         
     flings open the doors, only to find it empty. D'Arque slams        
     the doors shut -- and there's Maurice, smiling beside him.         
                           MAURICE                                      
               Hello.    Oh, I believe this is yours.                   
     Maurice casually hands the wagon's padlock to Monsieur             
     d'Arque -- just as Belle rides past on Philippe! As she            
     charges out of the village gates, she tosses her ball gown to      
     the ground.                                                        
     Maurice waves to her proudly, then turns back to d'Arque.          
                         MAURICE (CONT'D)                               
               She's very headstrong. Do you have                       
               children?                                                
     Off d'Arque's confusion --                                         

113 OMITTED 113

                                                                88.


117 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 117

     LeFou, bruised but alive, opens his eyes, sits up -- when          
     Plumette furiously begins feathering his face.                     
                         PLUMETTE                                       
                   (laughs)                                             
               No one to protect you now, eh?!                          
     LeFou swats -- and Plumette flies away, laughing.                  

119 INT. TURRET STAIRCASE - CASTLE - NIGHT 119

     Gaston finds himself at the landing of two staircases.
     Unsure which one leads to the beast, he holds up the mirror,
     which illuminates the right way. Gaston bounds up them.

120 INT. FOYER - CASTLE - NIGHT 120

     Chip rapidly fires saucers at attackers, counting them off as      
     he dispatches them with glee.                                      
                             CHIP                                       
               One!   Two!     Three!   Four!   Five!                   
     Above, Cogsworth looks down from the balcony, a tinhorn            
     general surveying the battlefield.                                 
                         COGSWORTH                                      
               Good show, Chip my boy!                                  
     Just then, a platoon of books arrives on the large table from      
     the library, battle-ready.                                         
                         COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                             
               Excellent! The infantry's arrived.                       
               Now go and teach them a lesson!                          
     The books rocket down into the fray, thwacking villager after      
     villager.                                                          
                         COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                             
               Yes, those are called books, you third-                  
               rate musketeers!                                         
     This draws the attention of Tom, Dick and Stanley.   Cogsworth     
     shudders --                                                        
                         COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                             
               Oh, I'm off!                                             
     -- and jumps down from the balustrade, as they bound up the        
     stairs. They face off against Cogsworth, and he backs up           
     quickly.                                                           
                         COGSWORTH (CONT'D)                             
               Ah, terribly sorry, pardon me, I'm                       
               just a clock!                                            
                                                                 89.


      Suddenly, Garderobe leaps out, blocking the brutes' path, and     
      unfurls her fabric, wrapping them up.                             
                          GARDEROBE                                     
                Yes, that's it... put it on... pretty                   
                little boys!                                            
      Tom and Dick look at each other and shriek, horrified at their  
      girly make-overs. Stanley, however, doesn't seem to mind his  
      new look. Garderobe cackles.       
                           TOM AND DICK:
                NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                             
                           GARDEROBE (CONT'D)                           

121 Go! Be free! Be free! Be FREE! 121

122 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 122

      Belle on Philippe. She whips past the withered tree and down
      the path toward the castle grounds.

124 OMITTED 124

124A OMITTED 124A

124B OMITTED 124B

126 INT. FOYER - BALCONY - CASTLE - NIGHT 126

      From the balcony, Mrs. Potts leaps onto a chandelier --           
                          MRS. POTTS                                    
                How do you take your tea?!    Piping                    
                hot?! Or boiling?!                                      
      -- and douses villagers below with boiling water.   She looks     
      down -- seeing Jean the potter -- and gasps.                      
                          MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)                           
                Mister Potts?!                                          
      Suddenly, Mrs. Potts slips and drops down towards the floor.      
      Jean the potter looks on in confusion. Chip looks on in           
      terror.                                                           
                           CHIP                                         
                Mama!                                                   
      But just as she's about to shatter, she is caught by a pair       
      of human hands. Mrs. Potts gazes up at -- LEFOU, who seems        
      as surprised as she does.                                         
                           MRS. POTTS                                   
                Oh!   Thank you.                                        
      Suddenly, two villagers charge at LeFou from either side.         
      LeFou ducks, the villagers wallop one another, Mrs. Potts         
      spits hot water in their faces, and LeFou punches one out to      
      finish the job.                                                   
                                                        90.


                   MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)                          
         Nicely handled!                                        
                   LEFOU                                        
         Well I used to be on Gaston's side,                    
         but we're in a bad place right now.                    
                   MRS. POTTS                                   
         You're too good for him anyway...                      

LeFou nods, emotional.

                   MRS. POTTS (CONT'D)                          
         Shall we get back to it, then?!                        

Below, Cadenza bucks and rages against villagers, besting them repeatedly as he plays elaborate trills.

                   CADENZA                                      
         Such sweet music! Ha ha, I'll play                     
         you like a concerto!                                   

Clothilde watches this, and seethes.

                   CLOTHILDE                                    
             (points to Cadenza)                                
         Silence that harpsichord!                              

Clothilde's cry rallies a group of villagers, who raise their axes to turn maestro Cadenza into firewood.

                    GARDEROBE                                   
         Maestro!                                               

Cadenza looks up to see her.

                    CADENZA                                     
         Darling!   At last!                                    
                   GARDEROBE                                    
             (shock becomes rage)                               
         I'm coming, my love! That's it!     The                
         fat lady is singing!                                   

Garderobe belts out a deafening high note and throws her massive girth off the balcony, sending Clothilde and the villagers below scattering. She lands with a graceful THUD.

                   CADENZA
         Bravissima!

Before the villagers can retaliate, Cadenza's "teeth" shoot out of his mouth like machine gun rounds. BAM BAM BAM!

Lumière runs around with gunpowder trail, creating a line of firecracker explosions that send villagers scattering.

                                                                   91.


                           LUMIÈRE                                        
                 Watch your toes!                                         
     In the chaos, we find Agathe, moving quietly through the
     villagers and up the stairs. What is she up to?
     As villagers pour out the doors, Lumière and Cogsworth meet          
     at the base of the stairs.                                           
                           LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                               
                 Bon voyage! Safe trip home!                              
                           COGSWORTH                                      
                 And stay out!                                            

127 EXT. CASTLE GROUNDS - NIGHT 127

     Belle rides Philippe towards the castle.     She kicks his           
     flanks and they double their speed.                                  

129 EXT. HIGHEST TURRET - CASTLE - NIGHT 129

     Gaston steps slowly up onto the beast's turret. The beast            
     senses his presence, turns. They lock eyes. Gaston cocks             
     his pistol.                                                          
                           GASTON
                 Hello, beast. I am Gaston.    Belle sent
                 me.

130 INT. TURRET STAIRCASE - CASTLE - NIGHT 130

     Belle races up the stairs to the turret.

131 EXT. HIGHEST TURRET - CASTLE - NIGHT 131

     With no hope left, the beast turns away from Gaston, whose           
     finger tightens on the trigger.                                      
                           GASTON                                         
                 Were you in love with her? Did you                       
                 honestly think she'd want you?                           
     He fires.   The beast drops over the edge.
     On the turret below, his claws make contact with the slanted
     rooftop and break his fall. He hugs the rooftop, heaving.
     Gaston looks down over the edge of the turret. He pulls his          
     crossbow and reaches back over his shoulder to draw an arrow         
     from his quiver -- but there's nothing there.                        
     Gaston spins to see Belle, and his arrows gripped in her             
     hands.                                                               
                           GASTON (CONT'D)                                
                 Belle?                                                   
                                                               92.


                         BELLE                                          
               Where is he?!                                            
     With that, Belle snaps Gaston's arrows over her knee, and          
     tosses them away. Gaston grabs her arm.                            
                         GASTON
               When we return to the village, you will
               marry me, and the beast's head will hang
               on our wall!
                         BELLE
               NEVER.
     She pulls away -- and uses this pivot to grab the barrel of
     Gaston's pistol. They struggle.                                    
     With Gaston on the back foot for a split second, Belle yanks the
                                                                     
     pistol hard. Gaston, not letting go, swings with it, and
     seeking balance on a loose stone, he drops off the side of the
     turret!
     Gaston's reflexes are quick. He lets go of the pistol, grabbing
                                                                    
     a gargoyle and swinging himself down through a window of the
     turret. He lands on the spiral staircase.
     Gaston's pistol, in the meantime, clatters down, coming to rest  
     on the landing of a stone footbridge below.

132 EXT. CASTLE - VARIOUS TURRETS - NIGHT 132

     Wounded, the beast climbs around the lower turret. All around  
     him, turrets quaver and crack. The castle is imploding.        
                         GASTON (O.S.)                                  
               I'm coming for you, beast!                               
     Gaston continues down until he reaches the bottom of the           
     spiral staircase. He drops to a window box below, and jumps        
     sideways onto another.                                             
     The beast makes a second leap, onto another parapet.   Tiles       
     slide away beneath him as he scrambles to hang on.                 
     Belle reaches the landing at the bottom of the spiral staircase,
     and leaps down onto another adjacent landing. She looks out,
     trying to see the beast through the turrets.
     The beast swings around a third parapet and leaps onto another.
     He's now as far as he can get from Gaston.
     Finally, Belle reaches a point where she can see the beast on
     the faraway turret. She screams out as his grip slips.             
                         BELLE                                          
               NO!                                                      
     The beast's head turns.
                                                        93.


                      THE BEAST
         Belle?

And he spots her.

                   THE BEAST (CONT'D)                             
             (roars)                                              
         BELLE! You came back!                                    
                   BELLE                                          
         I tried to stop them!                                    
                   THE BEAST                                      
         Stay there! I'm coming!                                  

Gaston drops onto the walkway lined with gargoyles, landing directly between the beast and Belle. He sneers -- the upper hand is still his. His eyes search for a weapon... he grabs a stone spire, and breaks it off.

With superhuman agility, the beast makes a giant leap from the far parapet back toward the central turrets. Back toward Belle.

Belle descends the stairs, finally reaching the beast's lair.

The beast lands on the gargoyle walk and Gaston jumps out, bringing his club cracking down on the beast's back. The beast roars in pain. But he pushes past Gaston.

With Gaston landing blow after blow on the beast's back, the beast staggers down a set of stairs onto the landing of a stone footbridge (where Gaston's pistol came to rest earlier).

                      BELLE                                       
         Stop!     Gaston, no!                                    

Belle watches the beast lumbering across the footbridge -- which crumbles under each mighty footfall.

The beast reaches the cupola on the far side, directly parallel to the lair. One giant leap stands between him and Belle...

Gaston lifts the club to deliver the death blow -- when the beast snatches it. He yanks the club away and hurls it against a far wall.

With a snarl, the beast's paw is around Gaston's throat. He lifts Gaston and swings him out over the edge of the landing.

                    GASTON
                (snivelling)
         No. Don't let me go. Please. Don't
         hurt me, beast. I'll do anything.

TIGHT ON THE BEAST -- his features twisted with rage and hate -- but he controls himself -- and his anger fades.

                                                              94.


                         THE BEAST
               I AM NOT A BEAST.
     He sets Gaston down.
                          THE BEAST (CONT'D)
               Go.   Get out.
     Gaston scrambles to his feet, and the beast lunges, chasing
     him away down the outer staircase of the cupola.                  

133 EXT. BALCONY - CASTLE - NIGHT 133

     Belle gazes proudly into the beast's eyes, across the final
     chasm that separates them.

134 EXT. CASTLE - CUPOLA - NIGHT 134

     The beast has just enough distance for a head start to leap       
     across to the lair balcony.
                          BELLE
               No!   It's too far!
     But the beast has already gotten down on all fours. His hind
     claws dig into the stone. And then he's off, gaining speed as
     he runs on all legs. Belle gasps -- and the beast leaps.
     He's airborne, flying over the chasm -- and he just makes it to
     the balcony -- landing on all fours! He rises, and smiles.       
     BOOM! The beast roars in agony. Past him, across the chasm,
     Belle spots Gaston on the crumbling walkway, pistol back in
     hand. He grins as he reloads for the kill shot -- and as Belle
     watches, helpless, he takes aim again -- and fires.
     The beast drops -- just as the walkway beneath Gaston             
     collapses. In an instant, there's nothing beneath his feet,       
     and he disappears, screaming, in a cascade of stones.
     Belle cradles the beast's head. Anguished. He lies there,
     breathing heavily. Softly, the beast rests his paw on Belle's
     hand. Fading, his eyes look at her with perfect love.          
                         THE BEAST
               You came back.
                         BELLE
               Of course I came back.   I'll never
               leave you again.
                         THE BEAST
               I'm afraid it's my turn to leave.
                         BELLE
               We're together now.   It's going to be                  
               fine. You'll see.
                                                                 95.


                         THE BEAST
               At least I got to see you one last time.
     The paw drops as the beast dies in her arms.
                         BELLE
               No... please, no...

135 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - NIGHT 135

     As villagers stagger away in defeat, Lumière turns to Plumette,  
     takes her in his arms, about to give her a V-Day kiss.
                         LUMIÈRE                                        
               We did it, Plumette.   Victory is ours.
     Plumette is silent in Lumière's embrace.
                         LUMIÈRE (CONT'D)                               
               Plumette...? Oh! My dear Plumette...                     
     Cogsworth helps Lumière lower Plumette to the ground. Opposite  
     them, Garderobe stands beside Cadenza, reunited at last.        
                         GARDEROBE                                      
               Oh, maestro! You were so brave!                          
               Goodbye, my love...                                      
     Her arms retract -- as the footlights inside her dim and die.      
                          CADENZA                                       
               Darling!   No, don't leave me!                           
     Cadenza sobs. We move along the few keys he has left until they 
     freeze into silence. We TILT UP to the music stand. No hint of  
     a face. Froufrou emerges from the foyer, pawing at his master  
     and mistress, then goes still. Nothing more than a piano stool  
     now.                                                            
     Mrs. Potts frantically approaches Cogsworth and Lumière.
                        MRS. POTTS
               CHIP! CHIP! Have you seen Chip!? He
               ran off! Oh, where is my little boy --
     Lumière and Cogsworth watch in horror as Mrs. Potts' face          
     disappears into the painted ornamentation of the tea pot.          
                          CHIP                                          
               Mama!                                                    
     Lumière turns to Cogsworth, panicked that Chip might see           
     what's happened.                                                   
                          COGSWORTH                                     
               Oh no.                                                   
                                                                 96.


     Just as he leaps up, his features fade away and gravity takes       
     over. The saucer plummets, shattering. But Chapeau catches          
     Chip in mid-air -- and lovingly places him, inanimate, onto         
     the trolley cart beside Mrs. Potts.                                 
     Chapeau straightens himself nobly, and becomes a coat rack.         
     All around Cogsworth and Lumière, the staff goes still.             
                            COGSWORTH (CONT'D)
                  Lumière... I... TICK... can't...
                  CHIME... speak...
                            LUMIÈRE
                  It's all right, Cogsworth.                             
                            COGSWORTH
                  I... can't... TICK... Lumière, my
                  friend... TOCK... it was an honor to
                  serve with you.
     The only sound Cogsworth makes is `tick tock, tick tock.'
     Lumière is alone. Surrounded by objects.
                            LUMIÈRE
                  The honor was mine.                                    
     Lumière does a final twirl and stiffens.      He is a candlestick.  

136 INT. BEAST'S LAIR - WEST WING - CASTLE - NIGHT 136

     ANGLE ON THE BELL JAR. The final rose petal drops -- just as        
     a HOODED FIGURE appears. We move up to reveal: AGATHE.              
                            BELLE
                      (to the beast)                                     
                  Please, don't leave me.    Come back.
     TIGHT ON BELLE -- her lips touch the beast's forehead in a          
     kiss.
                            BELLE (CONT'D)
                  I love you.
     Hearing these words, Agathe smiles benevolently and places          
     her hand on the bell jar -- which explodes and releases a           
     wave of rose petals, whirling into the air.                         
     A golden light begins to emanate from Agathe. It encircles          
     the beast and he too begins to rise. Belle gets to her feet,        
     watching as the beast is lifted and enveloped by the swirling       
     aurora, and then buffeted gently back down to reveal --             
     THE PRINCE                                                          
     He lands on his feet and looks down at his hands, his arms,         
     his chest. He turns -- and sees Belle.                              
                                                                97.


                          PRINCE                                          
               Belle...                                                   
     Slowly he steps toward her, and she to him.                          
     In silent disbelief, Belle runs her fingers through his hair.        
     She looks into the Prince's blue eyes. It is him. Tears of           
     grief turn to tears of joy as they lean in for their first           
     kiss.                                                                

137 EXT. CASTLE - DAWN 137

     Magic explodes outwards. And with it, the dawn breaks. The     
     castle transforms like someone is giving it a wash of gold. The
     magic spreads across the balcony as the sun rises on the
     terrace, traveling down the castle facade -- creepy stone
     gargoyles turn into noble statuary --

138 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - DAWN 138

     As the light passes over, an upside-down FROUFROU transforms    
     back into a tiny BICHON FRISE basking in the sun. He leaps up  
     and chases his tail (still a tassle), then trots over to CHAPEAU
                                                                     
     and relieves himself on his leg -- which changes into a human  
     foot.                                                           
     Chapeau transforms back into a VALET and shoos the dog   away        
     with his walking stick. As the dog weaves through his    legs,       
     the valet loses his balance and bumps into the trolley   cart        
     holding Mrs. Potts and Chip. It starts to roll toward    the         
     stairs.                                                              
     The valet backs into Garderobe, who waddles in and out of            
     sunlight, changing from wardrobe to human to wardrobe again.         
     Cadenza's face comes alive as he sees the wardrobe falling           
     onto him. As it crashes, the wardrobe's doors fly open,              
     sending out a flurry of garments. We follow them back to the         
     ground, where the human DIVA now lies on top of the human            
     MAESTRO.                                                             
                         MAESTRO                                          
               Oh, Madame.                                                
                         DIVA                                             
               Oh, Maestro.                                               
     The maestro smiles his now-toothless grin.    She tearfully          
     embraces him -- as their dog joins in.                               
     The trolley rolls past, taking us to Cogsworth, whose back is        
     bathed in sunlight. We move around to reveal the pudgy               
     MAJORDOMO, human except for his moustache, which still               
     resembles the hands of a clock. He peers through his                 
     monocle, sees --                                                     
     The French FOOTMAN (formerly Lumière) come into view.                
                                                                98.


                            COGSWORTH                                  
               Lumière!                                                
                         LUMIÈRE                                       
               Cogsworth, we beat the clock!                           
                            COGSWORTH                                  
               Mon ami.                                                
     They greet each other as a feather floats by, brushing the        
     footman's nose. They look over to see --                          
     A pile of feathers... from which the footman pulls the            
     sexiest French MAID in history, her feathers blossoming into      
     a dress around her.                                               
                         LUMIÈRE                                       
               Plumette... mon amour...                                
     And then, the greatest kiss ever. Their passion ignites a         
     tiny flame on the footman's head, which the maid pats out.        
     They turn as they hear --                                         
     The trolley SQUEAKING as it nears the steps, about to crash       
     down. Mrs. Potts and Chip rattle on a tray, which suddenly        
     jerks to a stop on the precipice. The valet has hooked the        
     cart with his walking stick, but...                               
     Mrs. Potts and Chip slide down the incline... shoot off the       
     tray... and start to TRANSFORM IN MID-AIR! They sled to the       
     bottom of the steps and skid to a halt, fully human again.        
     CHIP hugs his MOTHER... he finally got her to skate!              
                         MRS. POTTS                                    
               Oh, Chip! What did I tell you? Look                     
               at you -- you're a little boy again!                    
               Oh you smell so good!                                   
     From the castle grounds, astonished villagers approach,           
     blinking, as the veil is lifted from their memory.                
                            JEAN
               Darling!?
                            MRS. POTTS
               Mr. Potts!                                              
                            JEAN
               Beatrice!     Chip!   I remember!   I do!               
     They embrace -- a family reunited.

139 OMITTED 139

                                                                   99.


140 EXT. TERRACE - CASTLE - DAWN 140

     A wonderful emotion-filled reunion. STABLE BOYS, KITCHEN
     MAIDS, ARTISANS, GROUNDSKEEPERS, GUARDS, and SEAMSTRESSES are
     reunited in human form.
     Among the happy villagers, we find Cogsworth.
                             CLOTHILDE (O.S.)
               Henry?
     He spins to see Clothilde - his wife.       Gulp.
                             COGSWORTH
               Oh.   DEAR!                                                
     She hugs him.                                                        
                         CLOTHILDE                                        
               I've been so lonely.                                       
     He shuts his eyes tight and whispers to himself:                     
                         COGSWORTH                                        
               Turn back into a clock... turn back                        
               into a clock...                                            
     Lumière and Plumette embrace, then...                                
                         PLUMETTE
               Lumière, look!
                         LUMIÈRE                                          
               Oh, my Prince!                                             
     BELLE AND THE PRINCE emerge.        He rushes to Lumiere.            
                         THE PRINCE                                       
               Hello, old friend.                                         
     Lumiere is taken aback by the warm embrace of his master.            
                         LUMIÈRE                                          
               It's so good to see you!                                   
     Belle and the Prince are surrounded by the staff.       Plumette     
     curtsies to Belle --                                                 
                         PLUMETTE                                         
               You saved our lives, mademoiselle.                         
     -- As Chip runs up and hugs her tight.                               
                         CHIP                                             
               Belle, it's me!     It's Chip!                             
     "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" starts to play.                               
                                                             100.


141 OMITTED 141

142 INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - DAY 142

     The entire village celebrates as Cadenza -- smiling with           
     dentures -- plays the harpsichord with his beautiful wife
     Garderobe singing.
                          GARDEROBE
                Tale as old as time
                Tune as old as song
                Bittersweet and strange
                Finding you can change
                Learning you were wrong
     We glide past various familiar faces: LeFou; Lumière waltzing      
     with Plumette; Cogsworth with Clothilde; Chip and his father,      
     Jean the Potter... and finally Mrs. Potts. She beams as she        
     watches Belle dance with the Prince, then crosses to               
     acknowledge Maurice, who sits at an easel, sketching the           
     celebration.                                                       
                          MRS. POTTS
                Winter turns to spring
                Famine turns to feast
                Nature points the way
                Nothing left to say
                Beauty and the Beast
     Belle runs her hand down the Prince's smooth cheek.                
                          BELLE                                         
                How would you feel about growing a                      
                beard?                                                  
     He growls playfully. As they laugh, we PULL OUT to reveal          
     the ballroom in all its restored splendor.                         
                          ALL (V.O.)
                Certain as the sun
                Rising in the East
                Tale as old as time
                Song as old as rhyme
                Beauty and the Beast
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