Sing Me a Story with Belle facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDisney'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||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Patrick Davidson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Patrick Davidson Productions
Walt Disney Television
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original network||Syndication (1995 - 1997)
Disney Channel (1998 - 2001)
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|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 the 1991 film 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 animated shorts while doing activities around the bookstore. The series premiered on September 8, 1995, on Disney Channel.
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 sing songs and tell 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:
- Mickey's Rival
- The Cookie Carnival
- Goliath II
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
- Music Land
- 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 - Christoper
- Kristian Truelsen - Uncle Zack
- Wolf Bauer - Gaston (1 episode, "What's Inside Counts")
- 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, Joe Giraffe
- Tress MacNeille - Lambs, Tillie Tiger
- Corey Burton - Ghosts
Episodes (including featured animated subjects)
|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)
|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.
Disney Stories: FERDINAND THE BULL (1938), ELMER ELEPHANT (1936)
|3||Folk Heroes||Belle sings the story of the biggest folk hero who towers them all.
Disney Stories: PAUL BUNYAN (1958)
|4||Everyone's Special||Tiny Hampton feels inferior.
Disney Stories: GOLIATH II (1960)
|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)
|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)
|7||Working Together||The kids help Belle clean up the bookshop except Kirsten.
Disney Stories: MORRIS THE MIDGET MOOSE (1950), BABES IN THE WOODS (1932)
|8||Overcoming Fear||Belle tells everybody that they should face their fears like a thunderstorm.
Disney Stories: LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION (1952), BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR (1938)
|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)
|10||Valuing What's Worthy||Axle the auto mechanic arrives at the bookshop as everyone is having a garage sale.
Disney Stories: SUSIE THE LITTLE BLUE COUPE (1952), THE LITTLE HOUSE (1952)
|11||Reap What You Sow||Shawn and Harmony won't help with some chili that everybody is making.
Disney Stories: THE WISE LITTLE HEN (1934), THREE LITTLE PIGS (1933)
|12||Best Friends||Lewis and Carroll have a big fight.
Disney Stories: GOOFY AND WILBUR (1939), THE PELICAN AND THE SNIPE (1944)
|13||Taking the Easy Way Out||Putting a bike together is easy if you don't take shortcuts.
Disney Stories: THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANTS (1934), THE BIG BAD WOLF (1934)
|14||Steady Effort||Brioche reminds Belle that she has to bake many cookies for the bake sale and is not sure if she can do it.
Disney Stories: THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE (1935), PEDRO (1943)
|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)
|16||Feeling Left Out (Loneliness)||Harmony wants to join the Witty Kitty Club.
Disney Stories: UGLY DUCKLING (1939), THE COLD BLOODED PENGUIN (1945)
|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)
|18||Creativity and Inspiration||Maurice is stumped on an invention.
Disney Stories: GOOFY'S GLIDER (1940), MICKEY'S TRAILER (1938)
|19||Temptation||Carroll finds Madame Souffle's birthday cake very tempting.
Disney Stories: MOTH AND THE FLAME (1938), PINOCCHIO (1940)
|20||Sleepover||Belle invites everybody for a sleepover at the bookshop.
Disney Stories: LONESOME GHOSTS (1937), WYNKEN, BLYNKEN & NOD (1938)
|21||Talent Show||Belle and her friend help Justin find his special talent.
Disney Stories: MICKEY'S AMATEURS (1937), MICKEY'S CIRCUS (1936)
|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.
Disney Stories: MICKEY'S RIVAL (1936), THE COOKIE CARNIVAL (1935)
|23||Be Yourself||Julie is being Belle instead of being herself.
Disney Stories: THE FLYING MOUSE (1934), SOCIETY DOG SHOW (1939)
|24||Friends in Books||Harmony is writing a book to put on one of Belle's shelves but there's no room.
|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)
|26||Do Something||Belle thinks that she should get in the game.
Disney Stories: GOOFY GYMNASTICS (1949), HOW TO PLAY BASEBALL (1942), HOW TO PLAY GOLF (1944), HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL (1944), WONDER DOG (1950)
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 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.
In the United Kingdom, the series aired on both Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney until August 2005. The series then came back in September 2007 as regular programming until it was axed in November.
In Canada, the series aired on public television on TVOntario's 'TVOKids Crawlspace' block on Sunday mornings.
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