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Belle's Magical World, retitled Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World in the the 2003 re-release, is a 1998 Direct to Video midquel of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It is also a sequel to the previous midquel Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.

The film takes place partway through during the original. It's a Compilation Movie featuring various connected shorts. The original film consists of the shorts "The Perfect Word", "Fifi's Folly", and "The Broken Wing". The 2003 Special Edition re-release adds "Mrs. Potts's Party".

Interestingly, these shorts are actually unreleased episodes of a cancelled Beauty and the Beast TV series.


This compilation contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Beast doesn't appear at all in "Fifi's Folly".
  • Aesop Amnesia: The Beast seems to go through this between "The Perfect Word" and "The Broken Wing", where after mellowing out in the former and learning not to be so brash, he returns right back to having Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • An Aesop: Fifi's Folly ends with Fifi learning that sometimes things are just as they seem and to not jump to conclusions, having wrongfully assumed that her sweetheart Lumiere was planning a date with Belle when he was actually getting Belle's help to set up a date with Fifi herself.
  • Batman Gambit: In "A Perfect Word", the writing based characters all get sick of the conflict between Belle and Beast and decide to forge an apology letter in order to get them to make up. At first it works, but then it backfires after it comes out that Belle got a letter at all, to which Beast points out he never wrote one and learns the truth.
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  • Canon Foreigner: Several, including a dictionary named Webster, a stack of papers named Crane, a quill pen named LePlume, and a punch bowl.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Lumiere during "Fifi's Folly", where he makes several wisecracks during a perilous moment of nearly falling off a cliff.
  • Compilation Movie: The film consists of four (originally three) shorts.
  • Covers Always Lie: The 2003 DVD cover showed Belle wearing her yellow ballgown, even though she never does so in any of the shorts.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Fifi's Folly" and "Mrs. Potts's Party" are based around the castle staff.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Beast, in both of the shorts he has a major role in:
    • In "A Perfect Word", once it comes out that LaPlume, Webster, and Crane forged an apology letter to Belle from him, he banishes them from the castle and threatens to kill them if they ever show up again. While he's understandably angry that they set up a big lie, threatening them with death is quite a steep punishment.
    • In "A Broken Wing", after Beast is badly injured due to trying to catch the bird, he then orders it to be caged in him room and refuses to let him go unless he sings for him, even though his wing was close to healing by that point and had no need to stay in captivity. Needless to say, Beast's highly unfriendly attitude just leaves the bird more frightened rather than in any mood to sing for him.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: Lumiere forgets his and Fifi's five year anniversary in "Fifi's Folly", and works to make it up to her.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: In "Fifi's Folly", Lumiere tries to make it up to Fifi after forgetting their anniversary by planning a big day for her with the help of Belle. Fifi sees this on multiple occasions and mistakenly thinks he's left her for Belle.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The feather duster is named "Fifi".
  • Off-Model: Given that the film is a compilation of four (previously three) unreleased shorts that were originally planned for a cancelled TV series, it has low quality animation akin to a television cartoon, not a Disney direct-to-video cartoon (or even the quality of an average Disney television cartoon). At one point, Belle's eyes go in different directions.
  • Punny Name: The dictionary's name is Webster, an obvious nod to Webster's dictionary.
  • Sudden Name Change: The Broadway musical gave the feather duster the name "Babette". Here, she's "Fifi".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Beast, who seems to have dialed his nasty tendencies way up high for this movie. In the first one he selfishly ignores Belle's needs when opening up the window and proceeds to spend the entire episode absolutely refusing to accept any responsibility for his actions, and then once he finds out that LaPlume, Webster, and Crane forged an apology letter, he nearly takes their lives, and only narrowly is convinced to spare them. Then in "Broken Wing", he mistreats a crippled bird and shouts at him to sing, and refuses to let him go even after his wing heals up.