Sing Me a Story with Belle
|Disney's Sing Me A Story with Belle|
|Developed by||Walt Disney Television|
|Directed by||Steve Purcell|
|Presented by||Lynsey McLeod|
|Opening theme||"Sing Me a Story" by Lynsey McLeod|
|Ending theme||"Sing Me a Story" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Patrick Davidson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Patrick Davidson Productions (USA)|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||September 8, 1995– March 1, 1997|
Disney's 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. She is usually greeted by children who would like to hear a story. Belle interacts with the children and narrates classic Disney stories while doing activities around the bookstore. The series premiered on September 8, 1995, on Disney Channel.
According to Ken Weiner, vice president at Buena Vista Television, using classic vintage Disney animated shorts allows the show to present a higher quality of animation than would normally be feasible in an educational show that would meet the Federal Communications Commission's E/I standards.
By early 1995, it was said that the show would present two short films per episode (with updated music and voices), which Belle and the children would sometimes interrupt for discussion purposes or to "test cognitive abilities".
Belle (Lynsey McLeod) lives in France and owns her own music and bookshop. Helping her at the bookstore are Lewis and Carroll, 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, including:
- 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 - Uncle Zack
- Wolf Bauer - Gaston (uncredited)
- Cyndi Vicino - Inez
- Mary Kay Bergman - Fifi, Hansel & Gretel, Elf, Witch
- Christine Cavanaugh - Carol the Book Worm
- Jeff Conover - Harmony the Cat
- Jim Cummings - Big Book, Lewis the Book Worm
- Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse
- Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck
- Bill Farmer - Goofy, Pluto
- Russi Taylor - Minnie Mouse
- Maurice LaMarche - Mortimer Mouse
Episodes and Featured Disney Stories
|1.1||Everybody Needs a Friend||Belle and Brioche the Baker show everyone that everybody needs a friend.
Disney Stories: PLUTO'S FLEDGLING (1948), LITTLE HIAWATHA (1937)
|1.2||Feeling Like an Outcast||Belle explains that everybody and thing is different as she finds a dusty book on the shelf and Julie has new glasses.
|1.3||Folk Heroes||Belle sings the story of the biggest folk hero who towers them all.
Disney Stories: PAUL BUNYAN (1958)
|1.4||Everyone's Special||Tiny Hampton feels inferior.
Disney Stories: GOLIATH II (1960)
|1.5||Stick to It (Don't Give Up)||Inez the village mail carrier is not sure that she can stick to her job.
Disney Stories: MAIL DOG (1947), THE BRAVE ENGINEER (1950)
|1.6||Taking Responsibility||Carroll takes full responsibility after accidentally knocking Belle's Bach bust off the shelf.
Disney Stories: LITTLE TOOT (1948), IN DUTCH (1946)
|1.7||Working Together||The kids help Belle clean up the bookshop except Kirsten.
|1.8||Overcoming Fear||Belle tells everybody that they should face their fears like a thunderstorm.
|1.9||Problem Solving: Ingenuity||Belle is trying fix a broken cello shown at the end belonging to Willie the Giant.
Disney Stories: MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK (1947)
|1.10||Valuing What's Worthy||Axle the auto mechanic arrives at the bookshop as everyone is having a garage sale.
|1.11||Reap What You Sow||Shawn and Harmony won't help with some chili that everybody is making.
|1.12||Best Friends||Lewis and Carroll have a big fight.
Disney Stories: GOOFY AND WILBUR (1939), THE PELICAN AND THE SNIPE (1944)
|1.13||Taking the Easy Way Out||Putting a bike together is easy if you don't take shortcuts.
|1.14||Steady Effort||Brioche reminds Belle that she has to bake lots of cookies for the bake sale and is not sure if she can do it.
|1.15||Sibling Rivalry||Big Book isn't talking to his brother as he was the one who lost Big Book's favourite bookmark.
Disney Stories: PLUTO'S KID BROTHER (1946)
|1.16||Feeling Left Out (Loneliness)||Harmony wants to join the Witty Kitty Club.
|1.17||Wonderful World of Music||Belle's Uncle Zack arrives on the day of his concert just as Shawn is trying to pick a musical instrument to play.
Disney Stories: MUSIC LAND (1935)
|1.18||Creativity and Inspiration||Maurice is stumped on an invention.
Disney Stories: GOOFY'S GLIDER (1940), MICKEY'S TRAILER (1938)
|1.19||Temptation||Carroll finds Madame Souffle's birthday cake very tempting.
|1.20||Sleepover||Belle invites everybody for a sleepover at the bookshop.
|1.21||Talent Show||Belle and her friend help Justin find his special talent.
|1.22||What's Inside Counts||Gaston has invited everybody to his Gaston Day party which is why nobody has come to the kids' magic show.
|1.23||Be Yourself||Julie is being Belle instead of being herself.
|1.24||Friends in Books||Harmony is writing a book to put on one of Belle's shelves but there's no room.
|1.25||Make a Difference||Belle explains to the kids that people in the world can make a difference.
Disney Stories: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY APPLESEED (1948)
|1.26||Do Something||Belle thinks that she should get in the game.
This show premiered in First-run syndication in select markets as a sneak preview on September 8, 1995. In 1996, two videos featuring two episodes on each were released as part of the Disney Princess Collection: Chapters of Enchantment and Beauty 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 featured in the 1998 video Belle's Magical World, and were released direct-to-video as Belle's Tales of Friendship.
- 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.