Once upon a time, in a faraway land, an Enchantress turns a cruel, unfeeling Prince into a hideous Beast. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose.
In a small village Belle, yearns for adventure. Belle’s father, Maurice, gets lost and seeks shelter in the Beast’s castle, but the Beast imprisons the intruder.
When Belle realizes her father is missing, Belle runs off to search for him. Belle finds him at the castle and offers herself in exchange for his freedom. The Beast agrees, sending Maurice back and confining Belle within the castle.
In the village tavern, Maurice barges in, claiming that he has seen a Beast, Gaston and Lefou form a plan to win Belle.