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Sing Me a Story with Belle is an American live-action series created by Patrick Davidson and Melissa Gould. The series features Belle from Beauty and the Beast, who runs the local village book & music shop. She is usually greeted by children who would like to hear a story. In a format similar to Shining Time Station, Belle (Lynsey McLeod), her puppet friends Harmony the Cat (Jeff Conover), Big Book (Jim Cummings), bookworms Lewis & Carroll (Jim Cummings & the late Christine Cavanaugh), and the villagers who visit the store interact with the children and teaches them life lessons, morals, and solutions by narrating stories, interpreted to the home viewer through animated shorts from the Disney archives paired with the show's original songs. The show was made in order to showcase higher-quality animation made for the E/I requirement, being an early example of a show made to fufill it, another example being The Fox Cubhouse, which is also lost. The series premiered in syndication on September 8, 1995. That same day, another Disney TV series based on The Lion King called Timon & Pumbaa also premiered. On May 5th, 2016, British YouTube user Nelly Gobin uploaded nine mostly-full episodes reran on Playhouse Disney UK onto the channel, with the book recommendation segment seen before the credits omitted from broadcast possibly due to availability or time constraints. To this date, 12 episodes have resurfaced on YouTube for this series.
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