Watch Emma Watson sing ‘Belle’ in new Beauty and the Beast clip

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast isn’t due to hit cinemas until next month, although it feels as if we’ve seen quite a lot of the film already by this point. For example, we know what the Beast (Dan Stevens) looks like in his human form – and we’ve seen that magical moment when he and Belle (Emma Watson) realise that there’s “something there that wasn’t there before” to their relationship.

But, up until this point, we’ve heard very little of the music. Thank goodness, then, that Disney have chosen to rectify this with an extended clip of that iconic ‘Belle’ ditty.

You know the one; it begins with a chorus of “bonjours”, sees Belle rush to return a book she’s borrowed, and ends with the townspeople shadily critiquing everything about her.

While the live-action version of the classic fairy-tale has made it very clear that they’ve given Belle a feminist makeover (complete with her own career and corset-free gowns), this new clip has given us a closer, more intimate look at her character.

And it’s safe to say that everything we loved about the original Belle – her curiosity, her thirst for adventure, her overwhelming politeness in the face of serious rudeness – has remained the same.

Check out the moment (and Watson’s singing voice) in the video below:

It’s every bit as catchy as we remember.

Despite the fact that the tune trails off before the big finale, a huge number of fans have taken to social media to praise Watson’s rendition of the iconic song.

The talented young actor – who took several weeks of singing lessons before beginning work on Beauty and the Beast – has chosen not to copy Paige O’Hara’s version of the tune.

Instead, she has added her own sweet, spoken-style twist to the lyrics, which has been dubbed by Twitter users as “perfect” for her character.

However, while many have praised Watson’s vocals, the 26-year-old told Total Film magazine that she found singing on screen to be incredibly challenging.

“I sing, so that’s really unexpected,” she said. “I’ve never had to do that for a film role before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that.

"It gives me a different challenge, really. That’s terrifying in and of itself!”

Beauty and the Beast hits cinemas 17 March 2017.



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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.