The Wardrobe is a character who first appeared in Disney's 1991 film Beauty and the Beast and its midquels. The Wardrobe is the former lady-in-waiting of the castle and was cursed by the enchantress along with the other servants of the castle. The character of Wardrobe was introduced by visual development person Sue C. Nichols to the then entirely male cast of servants, and was originally a more integral character named Madame Armoire. Her role was later expanded upon and ultimately taken over by Mrs. Potts. Wardrobe is known as Madame de la Grande Bouche in the stage adaptation of the film, where she has a bigger role and was even Cogsworth's love interest. In all her animated appearances, she is voiced by Jo Anne Worley.
The character of Wardrobe was introduced by visual development person Sue C. Nichols to the then entirely male cast of servants, and was originally a more integral character named "Madame Armoire". Her role was later expanded upon and ultimately taken over by Mrs. Potts.
She first meets Belle after her imprisoning and comforts her along with Mrs. Potts. When dinnertime is near she begins to pick a dress but becomes aghast when Belle denies the invitation to dinner. This angers Beast having him storm to Belle's room in range. After he is gone, Wardrobe tries to convince Belle that the Beast is not all bad once she gets to know him but this fails as Belle states that she wants nothing to do with him. Later on Wardrobe is seen at the final battle against the villagers led by Gaston and is turned human after Belle confesses her love. Her human form is currently unknown.
In Special Addition DVD release, her role is expanded with the song "Human Again" where she showcases her desires to become human just as the others and is actually given a solo.
Wardrobe makes an appearance in "Mrs. Potts' Party" When Belle comes to talk to her about Mrs. Potts in her bedroom. A far greater role lies in the story "The Broken Wing" where she hides an injured bird Belle recently found from the Beast.
Wardrobe makes numerous cameo appearances in the animated series House of Mouse. Wardrobe's most notable appearance is in the series pilot episode, "The Stolen Cartoons". During the chase scene at the end, Pete tries to hide inside of Wardrobe.
The Wardrobe first appears blocking the entrance to the Undercroft, sleeping heavily and preventing Sora from entering. She then has to be pushed out of the way, the first to tell Sora and his friends Donald and Goofy about a spell that had been placed on the castle by an enchantress long ago. She informs Sora that the spell had transformed the castle servants into household objects and the prince of the castle into a hideous beast. She refuses to say anymore at this point. The Wardrobe then proceeds to beg Sora to help her fellow servants, who are being held in the dungeon, and promises to reveal more of the story of the spell upon his return. She does so, returning to Belle's room, where she would stay from then on, soon after.
Wardrobe will be part of the new Storytime with Belle show in the New Fantasyland. She will introduce guests to the castle, as well to cast the characters for the play of the movie to perform. In an Imagineering video, they present the interactive Wardrobe audio-animatronic, designed to be extremel realistic, with real-looking LCD eyes and functioning lip movement.
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