Ever wondered why Belle walks and reads at the same time? Here’s the story behind this iconic detail!
Linda Woolverton (the screenwriter of the movie) had a hard time convincing the animators to depict her new version of Belle. She explained to the Los Angeles Times one frustrating incident: In one scene, the screenplay had Belle pushing pins into a map of the world—places she wanted to visit—while waiting for her father to return. When Woolverton saw the segment on the storyboard, however, she found her heroine decorating a cake. In the end, Belle was shown reading a book— which also had provoked some discussion. Because reading might be deemed a passive hobby, the opening scene has her walking and reading at once—which Woolverton herself used to do as a child. (x)