Disney was right to ditch its original Belle design for Beauty and the Beast

Character design is a delicate art, and for a company like Disney it can make or break not just a film, but the company's reputation too. Back in 1991, the filmmaker had a lot riding on Beauty and the Beast, an animated musical that would revitalise its output with the first Disney heroine who didn't dream of marrying a prince. But it seems that Belle could have looked very different from the character we know.

According to details revealed in a new book, Belle originally "kind of looked like Angelina Jolie" until animated decided that she was too glamourous and changed their designs. If you need to catch up on Disney's latest releases, sign up for Disney Plus. But in the meantime, this is what we've learned about Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.