Once upon a time in a faraway land a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired the prince was spoiled selfish and unkind. But then one winters night an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty was found within. Bu when he dismissed her again the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize but it was too late. For she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment she placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lives there. Ashamed of his monstrous form the beast concealed himself inside his castle with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose with would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learnt to love another and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell then the spell would be broken. If not he would be doomed to remain a beast for all times. As the years past the prince fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast??? ----Dedicated to my fellow cartoon buff,Marie.