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Beauty and the Beast (2017) is a 2017 live-action film.
Transcripts "Beauty and the Beast"
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 --
-- 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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...
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)
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.
INT. KITCHEN - CASTLE - NIGHT
The door opens. Lumière races in to the excited staff.
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?
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 --
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.
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.
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
Belle covers the beast with her blanket. He stirs. One eye opens.
BELLE You have to help me... you have to stand...
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...
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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!
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 --
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 --
He lands on his feet and looks down at his hands, his arms, his chest. He turns -- and sees Belle. 97.
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.
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.
MRS. POTTS Mr. Potts!
JEAN Beatrice! Chip! I remember! I do!
They embrace -- a family reunited.
139 OMITTED 139
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