Magnificence and the Beast: Authentic 1991 Belle Appeared Like Angelina Jolie

The ultimate imaginative and prescient of Belle used traits from Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Natalie Wooden for a extra relatable look.

Years earlier than Angelina Jolie’s international superstardom, her aesthetic proved most just like the “extra European look” of Belle from “Magnificence and the Beast.”

The 1991 Disney movie was launched the identical 12 months Jolie appeared in Lenny Kravitz’s “Stand by My Lady” music video and 4 years earlier than Jolie’s large display screen debut in 1995 movie “Hackers.” But Jolie’s seems had been the simplest level of comparability when describing the unique idea artwork for Belle in “Magnificence within the Beast,” in accordance with voice actress Paige O’Hara.

“She sort of appeared like Angelina Jolie — very stunning,” O’Hara mentioned within the e book “Disney Princess: Past the Tiara,” as excerpted by Insider. “I didn’t see how anyone would establish with that individual. You’d take a look at her and put her on a pedestal. [Animators] modified the look of her. She was a bit of too good.”

Disney animator James Baxter defined that they tried to provide Belle a extra “European look with fuller lips, a bit of bit darker eyebrows, and barely smaller eyes,” in comparison with “The Little Mermaid” princess Ariel from 1989. The end result was a Jolie-esque determine, after all, a long time earlier than Jolie made her personal Disney debut in “Maleficent.”

“Authentic idea artwork for Belle exhibits her as a glamorous lady, however the animators shortly tailored the character’s look to make sure viewers may connect with her,” the e book mentioned. The inspirations included Aubrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wooden, in addition to voice actress O’Hara herself.

“I knew that this was going to vary the view of Disney Princesses,” O’Hara mentioned of the movie. “Belle was the primary one not on the lookout for a person. She needed to see the world and all of the locations she’d examine in books.”

The debates over the looks of Disney Princesses have most just lately culminated within the racist backlash to colorblind casting for the live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid,” starring singer-actress Halle Bailey as Ariel.

Bailey informed The Hollywood Reporter, “The truth that I get to characterize all of those little younger Black and brown girls and boys who’re to return is basically particular to me as a result of I do know that if I had that after I was youthful, it could have modified my complete perspective on life.”

Authentic “Little Mermaid” voice actress Jodi Benson defended Bailey’s casting, telling ComicBook.com, “I believe that the spirit of a personality is what actually issues. We have to be storytellers. And it doesn’t matter what we seem like on the surface, regardless of our race, our nation, the colour of our pores and skin, our dialect, whether or not I’m tall or skinny, whether or not I’m chubby or underweight, or my hair is no matter coloration, we actually want to inform the story.”

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