Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 animated musical-fantasy film based on the fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. The film follows a beautiful young woman named Belle who takes her father's place as prisoner at an enchanted castle ruled by a hideous Beast.
The film features the voice talents of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stires, and Angela Lansbury, with music written by Academy Award-winning songwriting team Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
Upon its release, "Beauty and the Beast" became the first and so far only animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The film was later adapted into a very successful Broadway musical, debuting in 1994, and featured new music by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, who replaced Ashman.