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The Wardrobe
Background information
Feature films Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Tony Anselmo
Voice Jo Anne Worley
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Comical, dreamer, fierce, kind, funny, clumsy, melodic
Appearance Obese, red lips, both black eyebrows and eyelashes
(in her wardrobe form): White wardrobe-style body with lime doors and gold handles on her front, green oval "brooch" horizontally on her doors with 5 bumps on it, a couple horizontal drawers with gold handles on her bottom, gold brim beneath her drawer, both gold lining horizontally on her forehead and tip on her head, 5 drawers with handles vertically on her right and brown hanger pole in its purple innards (inside of her)
(in her flesh-and-blood form): Fair skin, curly auburn wig-like hair, blue eyes, lime pinafore dress with a white apron and green border on the bottom of her floor-length skirt, emerald brooch with a gold border that holds a couple lime ribbons between her green collar, lacy white cuffs, lime shoes (Note: in the original film, her human form was never seen; this description is drawn from her appearance in the two books referred to in the Appearances section, and might not be considered canonical).
Birthday November 19
Occupation Lady-in-waiting at the castle, before the spell
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Goal To become human again
Home Beast's castle
Relatives
Pets
Allies Her master the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Fifi, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Belle, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy, the villagers.
Minions
Enemies Gaston, LeFou, Villagers (formerly), Xaldin
Likes Singing, and defending the castle
Dislikes "The master" being angry, Belle's dinner invitation rejections, the castle being under attack
Powers and abilities Strength
Opera ability
Weapons Drawers (as a wardrobe)
Brushes
Combs
Fate Becomes human again (presumably, although it is not actually shown).
Quote "Oh, how embarrassing!"
The Wardrobe is a character who first appeared in Disney's 1991 film Beauty and the Beast and at least one of its midquels. The Wardrobe is a 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 (which means "Mrs. Wardrobe" in French). Her role was later expanded upon and ultimately taken over by Mrs. Potts. Wardrobe is known as Madame de la Grande Bouche (which means "Missus of the Big Mouth" in French) in the stage adaptation of the film, where she has an expanded role and was even Cogsworth's love interest. In all her animated appearances, she is voiced by Jo Anne Worley.

Development

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.

Appearances

Beauty and the Beast

The Wardrobe is first seen in the background of Belle's room, when Belle throws herself down on her bed and begins weeping; however she has no words here. 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. She is the only principal Enchanted Object (unless you count the Stove) we do not see turned back into human form in the finale (though presumably she is somewhere among the crowd surrounding Belle and the Prince). However, we do see her depicted in human form in a "Where's Waldo" type activity book that was released at the time of the film, and more recently, in a Disney Princess Book "Royal Wedding"<n/p>.

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 (although sadly they still didn't show her as a human at the end of the film).

Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World

<p abp="710">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.

House of Mouse

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.

Kingdom Hearts II

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.

The Wardrobe also makes a small appearance during Sora's second visit to Beast's Castle, aiding Belle as she prepares for her evening with the Beast.

Disney on Ice

The role of the Wardrobe was reduced to a cameo in the original Disney on Ice version of Beauty and the Beast. She doesn't appear until the Battle between the Enchanted Objects and the Villagers, scaring Lefou with her operatic trill. She does appear in human form after the spell is broken along with the other former Enchanted Objects (indicating who she is by her signature trill), and dances with Cogsworth in the finale.

Disney Parks

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.

Beauty and the Beast: the musical

  • In Disney's Beauty and the Beast: the musical, the Wardrobe was given the name of "Madame de la Grande Bouche" and instead of being a lady-in-waiting, she is presented as a former opera star who dreams not only of becoming human again, but of reassuming her career on the stage. (Although how she became part of the Beast's enchanted household is never explained; it must be assumed she was there to give a special concert presentation to the Prince when the spell was cast). It is revealed after she and the Enchanted Objects become human again that Cogsworth had a crush on her from afar, and they pair off at the end, just as in the Disney on Ice version.

Gallery




Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition 2010)
Media: Beauty and the Beast | Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas | Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World | Belle's Tales of Friendship | Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack) | House of Mouse | Beauty and the Beast (musical) | The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince

Games: Video game | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Characters: Belle | Beast/Prince Adam | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip | Villagers | Maurice | Phillipe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Angelique | Forte | Fife | Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies

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

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

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

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