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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
December 24, 2018  | By David Bianculli

ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

The most recent time we saw an animated Belle was in last year’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, where she made a cameo along with all the other Disney princesses. But the first time was in 1991, as the central star of Disney’s animated musical Beauty and the Beast. In both films, Belle is played, and her voice provided, by Paige O’Hara, who has built a successful second career painting authorized portraits of her Disney alter ego (pictured). And in prime time, on Disney-owned ABC, Beauty and the Beast makes for an excellent family holiday viewing experience. Especially since it’s Christmas Eve, and every time a Belle rings…

 
 
 
 
 
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