Sing Me a Story with Belle

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Sing Me A Story with Belle
Created by Patrick Davidson
Melissa Gould
Deborah Raznick
Developed by Walt Disney Television
Directed by Steve Purcell
Presented by Lynsey McLeod
Voices of Christine Cavanaugh
Jeff Conover
Jim Cummings
Opening theme "Sing Me a Story" by Lynsey McLeod
Ending theme "Sing Me a Story" instrumental
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Jimbo Marshall
Producer(s) Patrick Davidson
Steve Purcell
Kathy Erickson
Tim Gaydos
Jeff Palmer
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Patrick Davidson Productions (USA)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television (all media)
Disney Channel (2000) (USA) (TV)
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Disney Channel
First shown in United States
Original run September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08) – December 11, 1999 (1999-12-11)

Sing Me a Story with Belle is an American live-action series created by Patrick Davidson and Melissa Gould. The series features Belle from Beauty and the Beast, who now owns and manages the bookshop in the village.

Development[edit]

According to Ken Weiner, vice president at Buena Vista Television, using classic animated shorts allows the show to present a higher quality of animation than would normally be feasible in an educational show that who get U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.[1]

By early 1999, it was said that the show would present two short films per episode (with updated music), which Belle and the children would sometimes interrupt for discussion purposes or to "test cognitive abilities".[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Belle (Lynsey McLeod) lives in the country of France and owns her own music and bookshop. Helping her at the bookstore are Lewis and Carol, two magical bookworms, Harmony the Cat and Big Book, a large talking book on a book stand. The bookstore is visited by local children to whom Belle will tell and sing stories, usually with a moral relating to something that's happened that day.

Clips from vintage Disney cartoons would often be used to illustrate the stories.

Examples of Disney Stories

Cast[edit]

  • Lynsey McLeod - Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  • Tim Goodwin - Brioche
  • Jacob Chase - Jacob
  • Kirsten Storms - Kirsten
  • Shawn Pyfrom - Shawn
  • Hampton Dixon - 'Little' Hampton
  • Jennefer Jesse - Jennefer
  • Natalie Trott - Natalie
  • Julie Vanlue - Julie
  • Kerry Anne Bradford
  • Chris Robles
  • Kristian Truelsen - Musician

Voices[edit]

Syndication[edit]

This show premiered on the Disney Channel on September 8th, 1999. Two videos featuring two episodes on each were released as part of the Disney Princess Collection: Chapters of Enchantment and The World of Music. In 1999, two episodes from the first season were released with an episode of an abandoned Beauty and the Beast cartoon series and were released direct-to-video as Belle's Tales of Friendship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tobenkin, David (1995-01-02). "Disney rings in the new year with Belle: Studio plans to launch FCC-friendly show based on ‘Beauty and the Beast’". Broadcasting & Cable (Cahners Publishing Co./Reed Publishing (USA ) Inc.) 125 (1): 18. 

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