Paige O'Hara as Bell
Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most beloved animated films and the perfect movie to share with your family on Christmas. That's why ABC is airing the classic on Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m. ET after NBA Christmas Day action wraps up.
Beauty and the Beast
, based on the French fairy tale about a woman named Belle who falls in love with a prince transformed into a Beast, is a movie where every aspect works perfectly. It's filled with wonderful animation, terrific storytelling, wonderful songs from Alen Menken and Howard Ashman and a great voice cast. In fact, the film was the first animated feature nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. Only two others - Up
(2009) and Toy Story 3
(2010) - have been nominated since.
was the voice of Belle and she continued to voice her in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
and Belle's Magical World
. O'Hara, now 60, became a Broadway star when she appeared in the 1983 revival of Showboat
. Today, O'Hara focuses on art, creating pieces for Disney Fine Art
. In 2007, she had a cameo role in Enchanted
. Throughout 2016, O'Hara often appeared at 25th anniversary screenings for Beauty and the Beast