100 Facts About Beauty and the Beast

Aloha my wonderful merfolk!

I feel that this weeks theme may be quite popular as I’ve noticed this to be the film a lot of people quote as their favourite. Beauty and the Beast is possibly one of the most popular Disney films among fans. I have many friends who call this their favourite movie.

So, for everyone who loves this film and cherishes it, here are 100 facts for you to enjoy.

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  1. Beauty and the Beast was released on November 13th
  2. It is Disney 30th film in the Disney Animated Canon.
  3. It is the third film of the Disney Renaissance.
  4. The film is based on the fairy tale la Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
  5. It also uses some ideas from the 1946 film of the same name.
  6. The films animation screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton.
  7. The story was written by Roger Allers, Brenda Chapman, Chris Sanders, Burney Mattinson, Kevin Harkey, Brian Pimental, Bruce Woodside, Joe Ranft, Tom Ellery, Kelly Ashbury and Robert Lence.
  8. The music for the film was compoased by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
  9. Originally, when Gaston plots with Monsieur D’Arque to blackmail Belle, Gaston and LeFou were meant to visit the Asylum.
  10. It was cut because it was deemed to disturbing for the audience as there was insane laughing and shouting from the patients.
  11. Originally, the Beast was going to bring back to the castle, a deer he had caught and killed and eat it in an animalistic manner.
  12. This was also cut as it would make the audience view Beast in a disgusting manner and not with intended sympathy.
  13. In previous drafts, Belle was intended to meet with some servants of Beast in the library shortly after being given it by Beast.
  14. This scene was cut for time reasons.
  15. Gaston was originally going to stab Beast a second time before being knocked off the castle.
  16. In an even earlier draft, the scene had Gaston ready to kill Beast with his blunderbuss but Belle would prevent this by hitting him over the head with a slab
  17. Gaston would then be mauled by the wolves that Belle and Maurice had encountered earlier.
  18. This is the first Disney animated classic to feature the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo and the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo at the beginning of the movie on current releases.
  19. This is also the second Disney animated classic to be Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for the 3D re-release.
  20. The theatrical version only has the song Beauty and the Beast at the end credits.
  21. The IMAX and Special Edition versions have the song and instrumental music die to having longer credits involving the additional Human Again.
  22. In the stained-glass image at the beginning of the film, it looks as though the prince has two pedigree looking dogs.
  23. Throughout the movie, there is only one dog depicted when returned to it’s true form and it looks more like a mutt.
  24. During the song Human Again, Sultan the dog chases a cat.
  25. The cat is never seen again, not even in true form.
  26. Gaston did not know that Belle insulted him as Primeval means primitive.
  27. The majority of the town are easily swayed to cooperate with Gaston, no matter what he’s up to.
  28. This is a prime example of mob mentality and the thoughts of ‘the stupid follow the loud’.
  29. Linda Woolverton avoided watching the 1946 version of the story as she didn’t want to use it as a template.
  30. Early prints of the 1992 VHS have a Pinocchio trailer after the movie.
  31. There was originally talk of a sequel, where Gaston had a younger brother called Avenant who would seek revenge for his brother demise.
  32. This idea was recycled and used in The Little Mermaid II.
  33. This is the first film in the Disney Animated Canon to use the Wilhelm scream sound effect.
  34. Angela Lansbury gave her voice to Mrs Potts.
  35. She thought that another character would be better suited to sing the ballad Beauty and the Beast.
  36. The director asked her to make at least one recording to have for a backup if nothing else worked.
  37. That one recording ended up in the film.
  38. All songs were the last completed works by Howard Ashman.
  39. Ashman died eight months prior to the release of the film.
  40. At the end of the movie, the following dedication can be seen: ‘To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beat his soul, we will be forever grateful’.
  41. The last phrase of Cogsworth’s line ‘Flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep’ was ad-libbed by David Ogden Stiers.
  42. Art director Brian McEntee colour-keyed Belle so that she was the only person in her town who wears blue.
  43. This is symbolic of how different she is from everyone else around her.
  44. When Belle encounters the Beast, he is also wearing blue and has blue eyes.
  45. Blue symbolizes good in the film whereas red symbolises evil.
  46. Beast wears a red cape in the beginning of the film when he is cold and heartless.
  47. He then wears purple as he starts to soften and by the end of the film, he is wearing a blue cape.
  48. Most sculptures seen in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast
  49. Songs take up twenty-five minutes of the film.
  50. Only five minutes of the whole film contained no musical score at all.
  51. Glen Keane, the supervising animator on the Beast, created his own hybrid beast.
  52. He combined the mane of a lion, the beard and head structure of a buffalo, the tusks and nose bridge of a wild boar, the heavily muscled brow of a gorilla, the legs and tail of a wolf and bulky body of a bear.
  53. The Beasts blue eyes are the only physical thing that do not change whether he is beast or human.
  54. Rupert Everett auditioned for the role of Gaston but was told by the directors he didn’t sound arrogant enough.
  55. Many scenes were storyboarded but never animated.
  56. When Paige O’Hara was auditioning, a bit of hair flew in her face and she tucked it back.
  57. Animators like this so much they put it in the movie.
  58. In the 1930s and 1950s, Walt Disney attempted to adapt Beauty and the Beast into a feature but could not come up with a suitable treatment so the project was shelved.
  59. It wasn’t until The Little Mermaid was successful that they decided to try for a third time.
  60. Chip is the only member of the Beast’s staff to refer to Bella by name.
  61. Belles love of reading is meant to be a sign of intelligence, a trait that had been previously not shown in a Disney princess.
  62. It is also a subtle hint to the movies message: ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’.
  63. Until UP was nominated in 2010, Beauty and the Beast was the only animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  64. The smoke seen during the transformation at the end is real smoke and not animated.
  65. It was originally used in The Black Cauldron and was re-used for Beauty and the Beast.
  66. Beasts true name was never mentioned in the media franchise.
  67. He was however given the name Adam in the CD-ROM tie in game and the Beauty and the Beast broadway musical.
  68. Robby Benson’s voice was altered by the growls of real panthers and lions so that it is virtually unrecognizable.
  69. His voice was not changed on the original motion picture soundtrack which is why as the prince, and in voice-over thoughts, his voice is different.
  70. The first stained glass window seen in the prologue has the Latin phrase ‘vincit qui se vincit’ which translates to ‘he conquers, who conquers himself.
  71. Gastons sidekick LeFou is pronounced just like the French words meaning ‘the idiot’, ‘the fool’ or ‘the insane’.
  72. Chip originally only had one line but the producers liked Bradley Pierce’s voice so much that extra dialogue was written and storyboarded for the character,
  73. Jackie Chan performed the voice acting and singing for the Beast in the Chinese Mandarin dub of the film.
  74. Many paintings in the castle are undetailed versions of famous paintings by such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn and Francisco de Goya.
  75. Be Our Guest was originally meant to be sang to Maurice instead of Belle.
  76. Bruce Woodside pointed out that the song was in the wrong place as Maurice was not the main character so the song should not be wasted on him.
  77. Almost all of the case are stars of Broadway musicals.
  78. The movies used 1295 painted backgrounds and 120,000 drawings.
  79. After Gaston and the men chop down the tree, three droplets of water form an upside down hidden Mickey.
  80. Originally, the film was going to be more faithful to the original French fairytale which features a darker and more sinister theme.
  81. A song entitled Human Again sung by the enchanted objects was cut before production started.
  82. The song was later recorded and animated for the 2002 IMAX re-release.
  83. It was also added to the Platinum Edition released on October 8th 2002, making the movie a bit longer.
  84. It was lyricist and executive producer Howard Ashman who came up with the idea of turning the enchanted objects into living creatures with unique personalities.
  85. Belle is the first brown-haired Disney princess.
  86. In The Mob Song, when Gaston sings ‘Screw your courage to the sticking place’, this is a reference to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
  87. In the French release, Cogsworths name is Big Ben.
  88. Belles blue and white dress and hairstyle were inspired by Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.
  89. Julie Andrews was considered for the role of Mrs Potts.
  90. The first Disney animated feature to have a pop version of the film’s main song play over the end credits.
  91. Throughout the movie, Maurice’s socks are mismatched which is a sign of his eccentricity.
  92. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture but lost to Silence of the Lambs.
  93. Donny Osmond and Patrick Swayze were both considered to play Gaston.
  94. Sherri Stoner was used as the live actin reference for Belle.
  95. Angela Lansbury recorded her lines during breaks of Murder, She Wrote.
  96. Disney was originally going to have Jodi Benson provide the voice of Belle.
  97. It was decided that Belle needed a more European sounding voice.
  98. Howard Ashman suggested Paige O’Hara audition for the role of Belle.
  99. The role of Cogsworth was written specifically with John Cleese in mind but he turned down the role.
  100. The film was previewed at the New York Film Festival in September 1991.

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