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Background information
Feature films Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Jason Ryan
Voice Tim Curry
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Frank Morgan's disembodied head from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Magic Mirror
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Maestro Forte, big old windbag
Personality Evil, sarcastic, paranoid, gloomy, sardonic, deceptive, maniacal
Appearance Gigantic, big black eyes, metallic face (in his pipe organ form), slender, elderly, gray skin, powdered white wig sharp canines (in his human form)
Occupation Composer
Alignment
Affiliations
Alignment Bad
Goal To stay a pipe organ
To kill the Beast and Belle (eventually)
Home The Beast's Castle
Relatives
Pets
Allies Beast (formerly), Fife (formerly)
Minions Fife (formerly)
Enemies His ex-boss Beast, Belle, Fife, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Beast's servants
Likes Being a pipe organ, feeling superior, sadness (especially sad music)
Dislikes Beast and Belle's love, the idea of returning to his previous life, happiness (especially happy music), being bolted to a wall
Powers and abilities Music, illusions
Weapons
Fate His keyboard is destroyed by Beast, which causes him to get loose from the wall he was attached to and crash into the ground.
Quote "Well, I think I might. I'll just pick myself up and... oh dear, what's this? I'm BOLTED TO THE WALL!!"
"Heavens. Master. You're not singing!
I am Maestro Forte, court composer, and your most humble servant.
―Forte

Maestro Forte is the main antagonist of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. He is the castle's former music conductor. When the Enchantress put the spell on the Beast, Forte was turned into a pipe organ. In this form, he found himself more useful to his master as a composer. He was willing to do everything in his power to stay in that form. Forte became jealous of Belle. He was voiced by Tim Curry.

Forte's name is derived from the Italian word for "loud," being also a term used in musical scales indicating loud, heavy playing. It is also the Portuguese word for "strong."

Background

Physical appearance

Dark gold color, huge, and mental face. (As an organ) Very pale skin, gray wig, brown eyes, and an ugly face. (Skeleton face) (As a man)

Personality

Evil, grumpy, impolite, harsh, sarcastic, cunning, aloof, moody, overcitical, quick tempered, self centered, ruthless, and fussy.

Appearances

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

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Forte in his human form.

On the night of the curse (which happened to be Christmas Eve), after the Prince ended up getting, to his displeasure, a storybook from Lumiere as a Christmas present. He requested that Forte try to play a song for something he hoped would be better than the gift. However, Forte, in an attempt to play "Deck the Halls" on the organ, did a terrible rendition on it, causing the Prince to snap, ultimately resulting in the Prince refusing to let the Enchantress into the castle, which resulted in the curse.

Though the other palace servants wish to be human again, Forte prefers his organ form, in which Beast considers him much more valuable as an adviser and confidant and finds his depressing arrangements of notable classical music (including that of Beethoven) somehow make him feel better. Forte can use music to move nearby objects, but cannot move himself, as his form is far too large and is also bolted to the wall. He spends much of his time composing a grand version of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 that he claims will "bring the house down".

In order to maintain his organ form, Forte needed to prevent the Beast and Belle's blossoming romance and felt that the celebration of Christmas would only bring them closer together.

To help him, he convinced Fife, his reluctant servant apprentice, to lure both into ruining the date, under the promise of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 15 of his own composure. However, the Beast still wouldn't listen to him, so Forte decided to send Belle out into the dangerous Black Forest, with Fife following them to make sure they don't come back. When the Beast goes out after her anyway in a rage, Forte believes that her return will result in the Beast falling in love with her and, seeing no other option, encourages him to destroy the magical rose.

Once again, he fails when Beast remembers Belle's gift (a storybook) and feels remorse. In a last crazed attempt to prevent them from breaking the spell, Forte decides to destroy the whole castle using the strongest musical scales of Beethoven's 5th, because, as he put it, "they can't fall in love if they're dead!" Fife tries to stop him, as the plan's too extreme and Forte reveals that his claim of a solo in his symphony was a lie.

Fife helps the Beast instead, advising him that he must destroy the keyboard to stop the music. Forte is finally defeated when Beast rips his keyboard away from him, ceasing his contact with his pipes. In a blind rage, Forte tears himself free of the wall and begins to collapse. This effectively 'kills' Forte and he crashes to the ground, destroyed. Though he knows Forte had villainous designs, Beast mourns the death of his best friend with Belle comforting him.

Behind the scenes

Forte was originally intended to be a character named Avenant. Although Avenant was the villain of the 1946 French film, this incarnation of Avenant would have been portrayed as Gaston's younger brother and the villain of a possible sequel to the 1991 film. His goal would be to ruin the lives of Belle and Prince Adam and then possibly kill them both, and although his plan would work partially, the truth would have been uncovered and it would lead to Avenant's demise at Adam's hands.

Although this portrayal was scrapped in favor of a midquel, several of Avenant's characteristics were incorporated into Forte, who desired to remain in organ form forever, despite doing so would ruin Belle and the Beast's lives, and his plan to drive them apart almost worked but was ultimately foiled by Beast. In addition, the concept of a relative of the main villain from the original film wanting revenge would later be reused with Nasira in Nasira's Revenge and Morgana in The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea.

Although Forte himself does not appear in the Kingdom Hearts games, a large amount of his plans and motivations were reused for the Organization XIII member Xaldin, who intended to manipulate Beast into casting aside Belle and embracing his inner darkness so that he'd produce a powerful heartless and a powerful nobody, the latter of which they intended to recruit into the organization.

Trivia

  • Forte's motives is very similar to the Organization XIII member Xaldin, both try to prevent Beast from falling in love with Belle, (Forte outright warning him against it and Xaldin by telling him that Belle would never reciprocate is feelings) albeit for different reasons, Forte to ensure that the curse remains unbroken and Xaldin to make it easier to lure Beast into giving in to his darkness.
  • Forte is the only character in the film who is entirely computer animated, while his human form was hand drawn.
  • His exclamation "I'M BOLTED TO THE WALL!" has become a popular video on YouTube.
  • Curiously enough, an organ of that size is not only bolted to the wall by a chain or two. Not only has Forte several pillar-thick tubes that are most likely running below the floor, but the whole network of tubes connecting to the boiler's air pump. And considering Forte's size, this pump is most likely a large boiler in an adjacent room below or behind the wall. He should be as much part of the room than a separated object.
  • Before he sings his song "Don't Fall in Love," Forte was a very unenthusiastic singer.
  • Forte's eyes are usually black but during the climax of "Don't Fall in Love" his eyes flash bright green.
  • The concept of Forte using music to comfort and later control his "Master" is based all too literally on the metaphorical saying "music soothes the savage beast."
  • During his final performance to oppose the heroes, Forte claimed that he never took a lesson in music, meaning that his composing skills are based on raw talent alone and, combined with reluctance to do so, explains why the time he tried to compose a cheerful Christmas carol (Deck the Halls) turns out so terribly, especially as the notes appear on music sheets as blots.
  • Beethoven's 5th Symphony, the song Forte used in an attempt to literally "bring the house down" in the climax, was written in 1804-1808, which contradicts Glen Keane's statement that the first film took place in the late 18th century (1770-1799, 1770-1789 assuming the franchise is accurate with the French Revolution).
  • If you look closely, when Forte first introduces himself to Belle and Chip, his lip syncing was way off.
  • Forte in his human form has sharp canine teeth giving him a vampiric appearance.
  • Forte's plan, had it succeeded, would most likely have backfired on him for the worse, as the commentary for the first film by Don Khan revealed that Beast retaining the curse would have caused him to devolve psychologically into a literal beast, with the implication that his servants, Forte included, would die and turn into real objects as a result.
  • Alongside Zira, Forte is the only sequel Disney Villain who dies.

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Media
Films: Beauty and the Beast | The Enchanted Christmas | Belle's Magical World | Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)
Television: Sing Me a Story with Belle | Belle's Tales of Friendship | House of Mouse
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | Marvel Comics | Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book
Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game) | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Disney Infinity | Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks: Be Our Guest Restaurant | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Characters
Original: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Chef Bouche | Villagers | Maurice | Philippe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies
Enchanted Christmas: Angelique | Forte | Fife
Belle's Magical World: Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon
Deleted Characters: Clarice | Marguerite | Belle's sisters | Belle's suitors

Songs
Original: Prologue: Beauty and the Beast | Belle | Gaston | Be Our Guest | Something There | Human Again | Beauty and the Beast | The Mob Song
Broadway: No Matter What | Me | Home | How Long Must This Go On? | If I Can't Love Her | Maison Des Lunes | A Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: Stories | As Long As There's Christmas | Don't Fall in Love
Belle's Magical World: A Little Thought | Listen With Our Hearts

Locations: Beast's Castle | Library | Belle's Cottage | Village | Ballroom | The Black Forest | Tavern | The West Wing

Objects: The Enchanted Rose | Enchantress' Wand | Enchanted Mirror | Maurice's Machine

Other: Beauty and the Beast (musical) | Disney Renaissance

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