Belle's Magical World, retitled Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World in 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 "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:
- Aesop Amnesia: The Beast seems to go through this between "The Perfect Word" and "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.
- Armor-Piercing Question: “Do you think you’d sing if you were in a cage?” asks Belle to the Beast when the bird she found is too sad to sing for reasons just explained.
- 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.
- Brick Joke: In "Mrs. Potts's Party", Lumiere and Cogsworth have to hide the flowers they pick in the Beast's room while he's sleeping. When the Beast wakes up surrounded by flowers, he gets into a sneezing fit.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: Chip doesn't do much in this movie compared to the first two. He's mostly prominent in "Mrs. Potts's Party", so the original release and Re-Cut barely feature him at all.
- 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 "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.
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Discussed between Fifi and Lumiere when the punch bowl they're riding in goes out of control.Fifi: Oh, my brave one! What shall we do?!
Lumiere: There is only one thing to do! We must scream like bloodless cowards! HELP! HELP!
- Forgotten Anniversary: Lumiere forgets his and Fifi's five-year anniversary in "Fifi's Folly" and works to make it up to her.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Beast throwing LaPlume, Webster, and Crane out of his castle in "A Perfect Word" was extreme, but he did have a legitimate concern with them forging an apology letter without his knowing.
- 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".
- No Antagonist: The only Beauty and the Beast film not to have one. The closest is Beast grabbing the Jerkass Ball in two segments and Fifi mistaking Lumiere for cheating on her.
- 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.
- Operation: Jealousy: In "Fifi's Folly", Fifi flirts with Cogsworth in an attempt to get Lumiere to notice her.
- Please Wake Up: Belle to Beast in "Broken Wing" after he falls down a stairwell.
- Plot Allergy: Wardrobe is allergic to birds, so she reluctantly agrees to help Belle hide an injured bird.
- Punny Name: The dictionary's name is Webster, an obvious nod to Webster's dictionary.
- Remember the New Guy?: LaPlume, Webster, Crane, Punch Bowl, and many others are introduced here. They're treated just like every other resident of the castle enchanted since Beast's transformation.
- Smash Cut:Cogsworth: So, you see, she has agreed to apologize. Yet there's one minor catch, however.
[Cut to Lumiere and Cogsworth being tossed out of the West Wing]
- Something Else Also Rises: At the end of "Fifi's Folly", Fifi kisses Lumiere whose candles light up as he smiles.
- Sudden Name Change: The Broadway musical gave the feather duster the name "Babette". Here, she's "Fifi".
- Tantrum Throwing: In "The Perfect Word", Beast pitches Lumiere and Cogsworth out of the West Wing when they tell him that Belle wants him to apologize first.
- 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.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Listen with Our Hearts" shifts from B♭ major to C major; "A Little Thought" shifts from B major to C♯ major.
- Woman Scorned: Fifi when she thinks Lumiere is cheating on her with Belle.Fifi: If I cannot have that joy, no one shall.