Since 1991, there has been a pretty common, shared idea of what Belle and the Beast look like.





But the stars of our ~tale as old as time~ didn’t always look like this. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which they were depicted throughout history…


1. Here they are in the 19th century as a warthog-looking beast and a classy lady with lavender hair and a fancy hat:





2. Here, from the same illustrator, is a different fancy lady and another (better dressed) warthog who is about to pleasantly say, “Well, it is what it is…”


3. Here’s straight-from-a-music-festival Belle offering tea to a pretty run-of-the-mill bear:





4. Here we see a ginger Belle and a bear that looks pretty darn adorable:


Look at that blep!

5. Here’s a thoroughly unimpressed Belle sharing a platter of oranges with what happens if a beaver bangs a walrus:





6. Moving on! In 1908, Le Theatre gave us this fabulous feathered Belle and the skunk-lion-man who kept her prisoner:


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