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In November 22 1991, was released one of the most iconic movies from the 90’s, ‘The Beauty and the Beast’. The movie is about a young prince, who is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father’s place as his prisoner. With help from the castle’s enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle.
Stars: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Angela Lansbury
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Angela Lansbury, the voice of Mrs. Potts, thought that another character would be better suited to sing the ballad “Beauty and the Beast”. The director asked her to make at least one recording to have for a backup if nothing else worked, and that one recording ended up in the film.
- All songs were the last complete works for a movie by Academy Award winnerHoward 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.”
- The majority of the sculptures seen in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast.
- Glen Keane, the supervising animator on the Beast, created his own hybrid beast by combining 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 the big and bulky body of a bear. He also has blue eyes, the one physical feature that does not change whether he is a beast or a human.
- When Paige O’Hara was auditioning, a bit of her hair flew in her face and she tucked it back. The animators liked this so they put it in the movie.
- After Gaston and the men chop down the tree, there are 3 droplets of water that form an upside-down classic Mickey head. Also, a trio of stones by the roots to the left of the cottage at the beginning form an upside-down vision of the symbol. During the “Human Again” sequence, Cogsworth is outside inspecting the shovels when a heap of ashes is dumped on him from above. Three circles appear in the snow on the left side of screen that form the Classic Mickey head.
- Laurence Fishburne, Val Kilmer and Mandy Patinkin were considered for the role of The Beast.
- Disney’s 30th animated feature.
- The movie uses 1,295 painted backgrounds and 120,000 drawings.
- Many of paintings on the walls of the castle are undetailed versions of famous paintings by such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn and Francisco de Goya.
- Originally, the film was going to be more faithful to the original French fairy tale, which features a darker and more sinister theme; however, when Alan Menken and Howard Ashman joined the production, this idea was dropped.