Every child has at least one favorite Disney movie. Usually this love translates to uncountable viewings, and stays with them even after childhood has been left behind. I can still vividly remember the first time I saw Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, and I can safely say it was love at first watch. My whole life I have had a passion for books, and for imagining the large and mysterious world outside my small town. Until the first time I laid my eyes up Belle, I had never encountered a heroine that relished knowledge and imagination like I did. I was further enchanted when I realized her eye color was the exact same as my own, and when she gave her love not to a handsome, wealthy prince, but instead to an ugly monster with a beautiful soul.
For my 10th birthday my mom bought me a Christmas Belle, the beginning of an obsession that will undoubtedly last my entire life. After that I begged her for every Belle doll we came across, and then eventually for every bit of “Beauty and the Beast” memorabilia we could find. Socks, suckers, pez dispensers, blankets, music boxes, books, stickers, key chains, and plates are only a small selection of the Belle paraphernalia I have been able to collect over the years, and to this day, not a single one of these items has been opened. My collection now holds over 300 Belle items, and is growing steadily.
For me, the story of Belle and the Beast she fell in love with will always hold fascination. Where every other Disney princess was rescued by a handsome prince, Belle was the one who did the rescuing. She saw a kind and gentle person that no one else could see, and showed courage and strength that no other fairytale heroine could hold a candle to. My collection is not just an assortment of toys and merchandise, it is homage to a brave, smart heroine that I look up to, and to a love story that is like no other.
I feel that the story of “Beauty and the Beast” is a timeless one, and is especially relevant because of the newly re-released digitally remastered DVD and Blu Ray combo, complete with an original song that was deleted from the movie, and a full length work-in-progress edition of the very first 1991 showing. To add to the excitement of “Beauty and the Beast” fans, 2011 will also be the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of the movie. With Belle being made available to a whole new generation of girls, the strong, accepting and smart heroine will live on in our hearts.
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