During the beginning of the movie, he’s working on a machine that automatically chops up firewood. Once it’s successfully working, he departs for the County Fair to display his invention. And yet, he’s unable to make it to the fair due to getting lost in the woods. After going down a path that results in the loss of his horse and cart, and being ambushed and nearly slaughtered by a pack of rabid wolves, he winds up at the gate of a dark castle. When he enters the castle to stay for the night, he ends up being locked up by the Beast, the castle's master.
Belle learns of what happened and goes to the castle, attempting to release her father. Then she tries to convince the Beast to release him from the castle. She succeeds in convincing the Beast to release him, under the condition that she is to take her father's place, to Maurice's protests. Later, he tries to seek the villagers' help in trying to rescue Belle, but he learns that they don't believe him, and they consequently throw him out of the tavern.
Determined to not give up on Belle, he decides to return to the castle by himself. Although it does not take long before he succumbs to the harsh winter. Fortunately, Belle discovers that her father is in trouble via the Beast's Magic Mirror and is released by the Beast so she can save him. Shortly after arriving back home, LeFou has alarmed the villagers of their return. Shortly thereafter the keeper of the Maison de Lunes Insane Asylum and the other villagers come to take Maurice to the insane asylum in an intricate plan to blackmail Belle into marrying Gaston. Belle reveals that Maurice's rants are true and that the Beast exists.
Both she and Maurice are locked up by Gaston in the cellar to stop the both of them from meddling with Gaston's goal to kill the Beast. Chip Potts has managed to stow away in Belle's satchel and uses the automated firewood cutter to eliminate the door to the cellar. Maurice and Belle depart for the castle to stop Gaston from killing the Beast. At last, he is seen in the ballroom as he proudly watches Belle and the Beast (who is transformed back into a handsome prince now) dance while he laughs at Chip's question whether he has to 'sleep in the cupboard' still.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Maurice only makes a cameo in the midquel, as one of the people listening to the story Mrs. Potts is telling.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Note: This incarnation of Maurice is much calmer, more composed and collected than the animated counterpart.
Maurice appears in the 2017 live-action remake of the film, played by Kevin Kline. In this version, Maurice is an overprotective father as a result of the loss of Belle's mother. He doesn’t create unusual inventions, rather he spends his time creating an array of music boxes. Some of these music boxes represent different countries and were tailored as such so that Belle may experience the world without leaving their town actually. The character has a slightly larger role in this film than in the animated movie. Just like in the original fairy tale, he plucks a rose and becomes punished as a result, rather than for intruding in the castle. When he returns to town to ask for help, he is able to take Gaston and LeFou back into the woods, only to find the path to the Beast's castle hiding beforehand. Upon learning that Gaston only came with him in the hopes of getting his blessing for marrying Belle, as well as learning of his true violent nature, Maurice furiously refuses. As a result, Gaston leaves Maurice to die at the hands of the wolves, but he’s rescued by Agathe, the disguised Enchantress, and brought back to town, where he tries to prove Gaston tried to have him slaughtered. However, without Agathe's testimony, nor LeFou's since he witnessed the entire event, Maurice is deemed crazy by Gaston and gets taken away by Monsieur D'Arque before Belle arrives back on Phillipe to prove Maurice is sane. Nevertheless, Gaston has Maurice and Belle locked in the asylum wagon while he leads the townsfolk to the Beast's castle. With Belle's assistance, Maurice is able to pick the lock and get away, leaving Monsieur D'Arque stunned as he and Maurice watch Belle return to the Beast's castle to save him. During the ending celebration, Maurice is seen painting the scene as his latest creation.
Maurice's first appearance; with his trousers on the floor.
Frustrated with his invention not working, Maurice is consoled by his daughter, Belle.
Maurice being cheered by Belle when she tells him her belief of him becoming a world famous inventor.
"My daughter? Odd? Where would you get an idea like that?"
After reassuring and promising his daughter a new better life away from their village, Maurice goes to try out his invention.
Maurice bracing himself in case his machine wrecks havoc in the basement.
Maurice surprised to see that his invention works.
Maurice watching his machine cut logs properly as Belle congratulates him for his success.
"I'm off to the fair!"
Riding on his horse Philippe, Maurice bids Belle goodbye as he leaves to present his machine at a local fair.