32 Surprising Things Most People Don't Know About Beauty and the Beast.
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2/32 While Gaston is falling from the tower the close-up of his face reveals tiny skulls flashing in his eyes. Though edited out for the VHS release, Disney claims that the skulls confirmed Gaston's fate at the end of the movie incase the audience wasn't sure if he survived the fall.
3/32 For the song "Be Our Guest", composer Alan Menken created placeholder melodies so Howard Ashman could get started on writing lyrics. Menken and Ashmen loved the temporary melodies so much that they became the final version of the song.
4/32 The role of Cogsworth was written with specifically John Cleese in mind but he turned it down for An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.
5/32 The prologue states that the rose will bloom until the prince turns twenty-one. In "Be Our Guest" Lumiere sings, "Ten years we've been rusting..." meaning the castle was enchanted when the prince was 11 years old.
6/32 The stained glass window seen at the end of the movie was recreated in Disneyland after the film's release.
7/32 Angela Lansbury thought another character would be better suited to sing the film's love song, "Beauty and the Beast", but directors Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise convinced her to make one recording in case they couldn't find anyone better. As it turns out, that version ended up in the film.
8/32 Until 2010 with the premiere of Up, Beauty and the Beast was the only animated film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Songs for "Be Our Guest" and "Belle". It won Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Beauty and the Beast".
9/32 Angela Lansbury recorded her lines for Mrs. Potts during breaks of her TV show Murder, She Wrote.
10/32 Chip originally only had one line but producers like Bradley Pierce's voice so much that extra dialogue and scenes were added to highlight his performance. The original "cute" character was meant to be a music box that would soothe the Beast with it's music.
11/32 Robby Benson, who voices the Beast, had his voice altered by growls of real lions and panthers to distinguish his beast voice from his human voice.
12/32 Computer technology was considered for the rooftop fight and the forest chase, but the primitive state of the technology only allowed time to use it for the ballroom scene. Even for that scene, they had a fallback strategy: what they called the "Ice Capades" version, with just a spotlight on the two characters against a black background.
12/32 Art director Brian McEntee made sure that Belle was the only person in her town who wears blue to emphasize how different she is from the regular townsfolk. The Beast, another character who doesn't fit in, also has blue eyes and wears a blue suit jacket.
13/32 This Beauty and the Beast fan theory reveals something totally unexpected about Gaston. Read it here!
14/32 Beauty and the Beast premiered at the 1991 New York Film Festival in the "work-in-progress" category. Approximately 70% of the footage was the final color animation. The other 30% consisted of storyboard reels, rough animation pencil tests, clean-up animation pencil tests, and computer animation tests of the ballroom sequence. This marked the first time that Disney had done a large-scale preview of an unfinished film. There was some concern at the studio as to what the audience, consisting of only adults, would think of the work-in-progress version. According to producer Don Hahn, the audience gave the film a strong, overwhelming standing ovation.
15/32 Actress and writer Sherri Stoner, known for writing and producing Animaniacs, was used as the live-action model for Belle.
16/32 Walt Disney tied to make Beauty and the Beast three times: once in the 1930s, once in the 1950s, and the final project in the 90s. He couldn't come up with a suitable treatment so the project was shelved until the success of The Little Mermaid inspired him to try again.
17/32 Belle is seen as an only child, but in the original fairy tale she is the youngest of three daughters who are wicked and selfish. It is believed that the sisters were purposefully omitted from the Disney adaptation because it was too similar to another Disney adaption film, Cinderella.
18/32 Beauty and the Beast is the first Disney animated feature to have a pop version of the film's theme song play during the end credits.
19/32 The dance between Belle and the Prince in the last scene is reused footage from the dance between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty. Animators were running out of time during production so simply drew over the old characters to make them look like Belle and the Prince.
20/32 The first stained-glass window seen in the prologue says "vincit qui se vincit" which means "He conquers, who conquers himself".
21/32 Gaston does not originally appear in the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont,. He was inspired Avenant, the antagonist of the 1946 French film Beauty and the Beast, who tries to kill the Beast after finding out Belle is in love with the Beast instead.
22/32 The smoke seen during the transformation at the end is actually real smoke, not animated. It was originally used in The Black Cauldron and was re-used for this film.
23/32 The last phrase of Cogsworth's line "Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep... " was ad-libbed by David Ogden Stiers.
24/32 Supervising animator Glen Keane said the highlight of his career in animation would be the transformation sequence and purposefully requested that it be the last thing animated to save "dessert for last". When the production schedule was released he was only given two weeks to complete the sequence so he told producer Don Hahn that he wouldn't be able to work on such a tight agenda. Hahn told him to ignore the schedule and take as long as was needed to make it perfect.
25/32 The song "Human Again" was cut before production began but was later added to Disney on Ice and theatrical performances. It was recorded and animated for the 2002 IMAX re-release and added to the Platinum Edition to make the movie longer.
26/32 All songs were the last complete works for a movie by Academy Award winner Howard Ashman. Ashman died eight months prior to the release of the film. The film is dedicated to Ashman; at the end of the final credits, you can read the dedication: "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful."
27/32 Disney intentionally cast stars of Broadway musicals, such as Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach, in the hopes that a theatrical backer would invest in a future stage version of the film. The theatrical version premiered in Houston a mere two years later and opened on Broadway in 1994.
28/32 Paige O'Hara, who voiced Belle, cried real tears while recording Belle mourning the Beast. Her performance was so believable that directors Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise asked her if she was alright, to which she immediately responded "Acting!"
29/32 In the French-language release, Cogsworth's name is Big Ben - after the famous clock tower in London.
31/32 This was the first Disney animated film to use a fully-developed script prior to animation. The story had been developed through use of storyboards only in previous films, then was further developed during animation. One possible explanation for this was that several previous Disney films had gone way over-budget when animators spent too much time and effort animating scenes that would eventually be deleted from the final cut of the film.
32/32 In the first song, where Belle sings in the town, she sits by a fountain. As she reads the book (described earlier as an adventure with a prince in disguise which sounds just like Beauty and the Beast), she flips to a page with a picture. Look closely, and you will see see that she is in the bottom right, the beast in the middle left, and the prince's castle in the middle.
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