Set in and around a quaint French village right through the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast follows the unbelievable adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her strange life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, even as transforming his servants into animated household objects. As a way to remove the curse, the Beast should discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and has the same opinion to take her father’s place. With the assistance of the castle’s enchanted personnel, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
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