♪Tale as old as time, Song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast♪
- The dance in the ballroom crosses this with Moment of Awesome.
- When the meet on the stairs before the dance, there's a moment where the Beast just stares at her, grinning like an idiot and blinking furiously; obviously stunned by how she looks.
- Belle herself has a similar moment as she looks up at him as if to say "Well, not bad!"
- The lyrics of the ballad really narrate the heartwarming behind the moment, especially with the line "bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong".
- When they're about to dance, the Beast is visibly (and audibly) nervous, and then Belle guides his hands to their proper place and makes him feel at ease.
- It's the moment she put her head on his chest that really sells it, as well as the Beast's glee.
- The enchanted objects offering Maurice hospitality
- "Cheer up, child. It'll turn out alright in the end. You'll see," at which Belle smiles for the first time since meeting the beast.
- During the "Something There" montage, the Beast is helpless with his spoon, so Belle ignores any technical rules of etiquette to pick up the bowl and sip from its edge, which the Beast then imitates with a grateful smile. The reason he's struggling with the spoon in the first place is that he noticed Belle looking at him awkwardly while he was slobbering down his meal like, well, an animal. The bowl drinking is a meeting in the middle moment that defines the pair's growing relationship beautifully. That he makes the effort to eat with said spoon no doubt helps to speed her emerging feelings along, and his surprise and joy when she lifts her bowl is a melting moment for anyone who's ever felt embarrassingly "different" the way he does.
- The Beast saves Belle from a pack of wolves her first night in the castle. While grand and daring and heroic, it might also be motivated somewhat by selfishness: if she dies, he has no chance of becoming human again. The first truly selfless act we see from him is when he takes Belle with him to show her the castle library, which he presents to her as a surprise gift. His childlike glee and excitement as he pulls open the drapes, and her expression of astonishment and wonder (matching the audience's), are truly touching, and the first signs that there really is hope for them.
- Saving her from the wolves, arguably, is a selfless act as the Beast is in no position to compel her to return to the castle afterwards and may have been intended as a Heroic Sacrifice (as discussed in the commentary).
- It helps that Belle returns the favor by not leaving him to die in the snow after he collapses from the effort of said rescue. She has no reason to help but does so.
- The single most manly expression of love in animation since Fist of the North Star.
Beast: I let her go. Cogsworth: (laughs)
Yes, yes, splen - You what?
How could you do that? Beast:
I had to. Cogsworth:
Yes, but, but, but but why? Beast: Because I love her.
- Look closely when Belle first walks away from the Beast: He reaches out to her, silently begging for her to stay.
- The whole of the Transformation Sequence is this.
- When the Beast is dying after Gaston stabs him:
You came back? Belle:
Of course I came back! I couldn't let them...oh, this is all my fault.
If only I'd gotten here sooner... Beast:
Maybe it's better...it's better this way. Belle:
Don't talk like that! You'll be all right. We're together now, everything's going to be fine, you'll see. Beast:
At least..I got to see you...one last time. *closes his eyes and dies
No! No! Please! Please! Please don't leave me... I love you.
- It's worth mentioning that the Beast, even in his dying moments, thinks it might be better if he dies. A lot of people take this to be selfish, as if he thinks it's better for him to die than live as a Beast, but think about it: Belle had returned, so the Beast knew she at least cared enough to make sure he was okay. He knew that there was a chance the spell could be broken in time. More than likely, "it's better this way" meant that the Beast thought it would be better for BELLE if he dies, so she wouldn't have to be in a relationship with an ugly Beast. He doesn't think he's good enough for her.
- And when the Beast transforms back into a Prince, after a scene that pretty much defines Visual Effects of Awesome... even if you're disappointed with how he looks, the joy in his and Belle's expressions and voices is just so contagious and wonderful. And then they share a kiss that literally sets off fireworks, which transform the castle and its inhabitants back to their original state. Apparently, the screenplay describes it as "The kiss that has waited for so long."
- That kiss was so passionate, it made it go from night-time to full-blown daylight.
- That Belle hesitates, despite him turning into a handsome prince, until she looks into his eyes. That's what convinces Belle it's him.
- It's just as wonderful in the stage shows; often the Prince will feel his head and body, hardly able to believe that the curse is broken, and is so happy he can hardly speak at first.
- As the final dance was recycled from Sleeping Beauty, Belle and her prince go in for one more kiss just like Aurora and Phillip, only here it's a blink and you'll miss it moment, as it happens just as the stained glass depiction of them is fading in.
- The first "You came back!" is a sweet moment as well. The sheer joy and awe he has.
- Though not technically part of the movie, the dedication to lyricist Howard Ashman, who died during production of the movie, at the end of the credits was certainly heartwarming.
To our friend, Howard
Who gave a mermaid
And a beast his soul,
We will be forever grateful.
- Combined with Tear Jerker when after the hugely successful first screening of the film, the filmmakers visited Howard Ashman in the hospital to share the great news and to say their goodbyes. According to producer Don Hahn, he said to Ashman "Beauty and the Beast is going to be a great success. Who'd have thought it?" Ashman's response? "I would have."
- The simple moment when Belle thanks Beast for saving her life. It's the look of shock on his face as he hears her sincerely thanking him that really drives home this moment is the starting point of his redemption. Him saying "You're welcome" as we pan away from the cozy room is icing on the cake.
- It's the first time in the film someone acknowledges that the Beast did something right and good, proving to the audience (and himself) that he is not a monster.
- Fridge Brilliance: What prompted her to thank him was when he groaned at her cleaning his wound. Why? Because she was when his response to pain was a vulnerable, human-sounding wince, as opposed to roaring like an agonized lion. This is the first hint of human behavior she's seen from him.
- Belle's entire relationship with her father, like how she tries to cheer him up, she tries her best to save him and risks her life for him and he for her, and how she leaves the castle to care for him when he's sick and does her best to prove that the Beast is real so he won't get thrown into the asylum.
- From the stage show, "No Matter What". It really shows how much Belle and Maurice love each other.
You're never strange, don't ever change. You're all I've got, no matter what.
- And also from the stage show, "Home (Reprise)."
Cheer up, child. It'll turn out all right in the end, you'll see.
- All of the enchanted objects' delight at being changed back, especially Chip, who may have been kind of cute as an object, but is just cute as a button as a boy.
- In the stage production, the poor kid can't even move. The other servants can at least walk around, but he can only be pushed on the tea cart and hope for the curse to be broken. And since he's so young, this is probably all he's ever known. Him showing up at the end able to actually run around on his own, is adorable!
- The relationship that all the servants have towards the Beast. Here is this spoiled brat that has gotten them morphed into household appliances, and yet every day they are there for him, trying to help him see the error of his ways and change himself for the better. Never once do they blame the Beast for their predicament, and in fact they actually put their lives on the line to protect him by driving off the attackers in the climactic battle despite the fact that they can be injured and/or killed (as was shown by the feather duster and Lumiere).
- Hell, the Beast even tells them to do nothing and let the villagers come, even in the depths of his despair he does try to protect them.
- Not to mention the Prince's effervescent glee at seeing his friends human again.
Prince: Lumiere! Cogsworth! Mrs. Potts!? Oh, look at us!
- Compare the above two points to his treatment of them earlier in the film. They duck and hide whenever he throws a tantrum, suggesting that the relationship between servant and master is far from healthy. Over the course of the film he learns to accept their advice and offers of help, demonstrating his newfound maturity and acceptance of himself.
- Cogsworth pulling a Big Damn Heroes for Lumiere and Lumiere pulling one for Babette, especially when Lumiere catches her and they both exchange an adorable expression.
- The Beast showing Belle the enormous library in his castle. Her look of amazement seals it.
- If a modern person understands that only the upperclass of pre-21st century afford even a small library (given how expensive it could be) it's pretty heartwarming to imagine how elated Belle felt upon seeing The Beast's enormous library.
- When Gaston mocks Belle for being in love with the Beast and calls the latter a monster, Belle retorts that the Beast is no monster, and that Gaston is. Note that she doesn't deny having feelings for the Beast; in what she said, she sees Beast as a far better person than Gaston will ever be.
Gaston: If I didn't know any better, I think you'd have feelings for this monster...!
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. YOU ARE!
- When the Beast has Gaston dangling over the ledge, he almost kills him...then decides to spare his life. It's a small moment, but it shows how much the Beast has changed: if the confrontation had happened early on, he probably wouldn't hesitate to kill Gaston, but after spending time with Belle, he's softened enough to overcome his anger and choose to spare a life, rather then take it.
- A moment that's easy to miss, but as the screen zooms out as Belle and the Beast dance in the end, Lumiere and Babette can be seen holding hands.
- A minor one, but when Belle sees her father passed out in the snow, she expresses her worry that he might die alone. The Beast's look of concern for Maurice is just one more indication of how much he's changed, given that he didn't care at all for Maurice when they first met. Give Maurice some credit too, for going through the cold alone, all just to rescue Belle from the castle.
- It's also nice to see that the Beast is now capable of empathizing with Belle and Maurice at this point. It could be seen as a My God, What Have I Done? moment, since Maurice wouldn't be in this situation if the Beast hadn't imprisoned him in the beginning.
- Belle and Beast's little "Twoe? Two." scene in the middle of "Human Again" is both hilarious and adorable. It's specially sweet to see with more detail Belle and the Beast bonding over books and stories.
- Look at Beasts face when Belle was reading the book. He is completely enamored by her.
- If you look closely when Belle says shell help the Beast read, you can see him smile.
- In the stage show, Belle teaching the Beast to read and Beast talking about how that he never knew that books could do that; help him to forget his fate. It's in the special edition of the movie too, restored with the "Human Again" song.
- He also is genuinely surprised that anyone could think Belle was odd, especially over something like reading.
- The first trailer for the 2017 live-action remake is full of nostalgia goodness for fans of the original. The castle looks incredible, the rose is gorgeous, and they even use the same music from the beginning of the animated film. And then there's this exchange.
Lumiere: Look! A girl!
Cogsworth: Yes, I know it's a girl, you fool.
Lumiere: What if she is the one?
- And then when we and Belle see the rose, a very familiar tune can be heard playing.
- In the stage show, Lumiere and Cogsworth are discussing coworkers and what they've turned into, eventually coming to someone they both describe as "dumb as a brick" and who Cogsworth seems not to have much fondness for. Then Lumiere explains said coworker is the brick wall behind the stove and Cogsworth is legitimately horrified on the man's behalf.
- The Beast is initially just as belligerent and hostile in the stage show as he was in the animated film, but careful audience members will notice that he occasionally seems to look to Mrs. Potts for guidance and comfort. It's clear that he loves Mrs. Potts in particular as his adopted mother.
Most directors will stage this with the Beast looking to Mrs. Potts after Cogsworth's question, overwhelmed by emotion and at a complete loss for words. And from just that look, she knows exactly what's in his head.
- Several during and right after the battle in the 2017 version:
- The wardrobe forcibly dresses and applies makeup to three of the male villagers. Two of them are horrified, but one of them is genuinely happy with the makeover. Upon her instruction to, "Go, be free," the aforementioned two run in terror while the other one gracefully walks away. It's played for humour, but the film also gives this character a sense of dignity the other two lack and never shows any indication said character is punished for enjoying the makeover.
- Le Fou catches a falling Mrs Potts out of sheer instinct, she thanks him, they share a moment, and she opines he's too good for Gaston.
- In a cross with Tear Jerker, the coat rack's last act before becoming fully inanimate is to catch a falling Chip and gently set him down next to his mama.