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Disney Story (ディズニーストーリー Dizunīsutōrī) is a 2000 Japanese anime comedy film. The film features characters from animated Disney films. In the story, Beast finds his home overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished by the corrupt Judge Claude Frollo aspiring to be king. Beast makes a deal with Frollo to regain control of his castle in return for rescuing Belle, whom Frollo intends to marry. With the help of Esmeralda and Djali, Beast embarks on his quest but soon falls in love with the princess, who is hiding a secret that will change his life forever.

The film is a critical and commercial success, and three sequels were released—Disney Story 2 (2003), Disney Story the Third (2006), and Disney Story Forever After (2009)—along with a spin-off film. A planned fifth film was cancelled in 2008 prior to the fourth film's release, but it has since been revived and has entered development.

Plot[]

Beast, a mean-spirited and highly territorial creature who loves the solitude of his castle, finds his life interrupted when countless fairytale creatures are exiled there by the fairytale-hating and vertically-challenged Judge Claude Frollo, the future king of Bordeaux. Angered, he decides to ask Frollo to exile them elsewhere. Beast brings along Esmeralda and Djali, who are willing to guide him to Bordeaux.

Meanwhile, Frollo's torture of the Gingerbread Man for the location of the remaining fairytale creatures is interrupted when his guards present him with a Magic Mirror. He asks the Mirror if his kingdom is the fairest of them all but is told that he is not even a king, as he is not descended from royalty. To become a king, he must marry a princess; Frollo resolves to marry Belle, who is locked in a castle tower guarded by a dragon. Unwilling to perform the task himself, he organizes a tournament wherein the winner gets the "privilege" of rescuing Belle for him. Beast and Esmeralda arrive during the tournament, and ignorantly defeat Frollo's knights. Frollo proclaims them the champions, and compels them under threat of death to rescue Belle, promising to move the fairytale creatures from Beast's Castle if he succeeds.

Beast and Esmeralda travel to the castle to find Belle. They are noticed by Dragon, who corners Esmeralda and Djali. In desperation, she sweet-talks the beast, learning that it is female. Dragon falls in love with Djali and carries him to her chambers. Meanwhile, Beast finds Belle, who is appalled at his lack of romanticism and surprised he had not slain Dragon. They leave after rescuing Djali, and Belle is thrilled to be rescued but is quickly disappointed when Beast reveals he is a big beast. Despite her demands that Frollo come get her in person, Beast forcibly carries her as he ventures back to Bordeaux with Esmeralda and Djali. The three encounter Robin Hood on their way back, where it is revealed that Belle is an expert martial artist. Beast and Belle find they have much in common and begin to fall in love.

When the trio is almost at Bordeaux, Belle takes shelter in a windmill for the evening. Esmeralda hears strange noises from within and investigates, finding Belle transformed into a beast. Belle reveals that she was cursed during childhood to transform every night, and that only her true love's kiss will change her to "love's true form". Meanwhile, Beast is about to confess his feelings to Belle, but then overhears part of their conversation and becomes upset after mistaking her comment about being an "ugly beast" as disgust toward him. At Esmeralda's suggestion, Belle vows to tell Beast about her curse, but sees that Beast has brought Judge Frollo to the windmill. Confused and hurt by Beast's sudden disposition towards her, Belle accepts Frollo's marriage proposal and requests they be married before nightfall. The couple return to Bordeaux, while Beast angrily abandons Emeralda and Djali and returns to his now-vacated castle.

Angered, Esmeralda arrives at the castle grounds and confronts a still upset Beast. After an argument, Esmeralda explains that the "ugly beast" Belle was referring to was someone else, and urges him to express his feelings for her before she is married. They travel to Bordeaux quickly by riding Dragon, who had escaped her confines and followed Djali.

Beast interrupts the wedding before Frollo can kiss Belle; he tells her that Frollo is not her true love and is only marrying her to become king. The sun sets, which turns Belle into a beast in front of everyone, causing a surprised Beast to understand what he overheard. Outraged, Frollo orders his men the have Beast executed and Belle detained. Dragon bursts in alongside Emeralda and Djali and devours Frollo alive. Beast and Belle profess their love and share a kiss; Belle's curse is lifted but she is surprised to see that she is still a beast. They marry in the castle and leave on their honeymoon.

Cast[]

Character English VA Japanese VA
Beast
Esmeralda
Belle
Judge Claude Frollo
Quasimodo
Phoebus
Robin Hood
Gingerbread Man
Geppetto
Pinocchio
Baby Bear
Peter Pan
Fifer Pig
Fiddler Pig
Practical Pig
Big Bad Wolf
Magic Mirror
Three Blind Mice
Bordeaux Mascot
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