History Trivia / BeautyAndTheBeast

25th Nov '16 2:55:59 AM crazyrabbits
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* The majority of the sculptures seen in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast.
* The film was previewed at the New York Film Festival in September 1991 in a "Work-In-Progress" format. Approximately 70% of the footage was the final color animation. The other 30% consisted of storyboard reels, rough animation pencil tests, clean-up (final line) 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 standing ovation. It's rumored that it was this reason that the film ended up being the first animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, as it was the first time the press had truly seen and experienced the kind of labor and attention to detail required to make what what otherwise considered [[AnimationAgeGhetto a sub-par art form]] work as well as it did here.
* Linda Woolverton drew her inspiration for the screenplay, not from Jean Cocteau's ''[[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast1946 La belle et la bête]]'', but from ''Literature/LittleWomen'', admitting that there's a lot of Creator/KatharineHepburn in the characterization of Belle.
* Many of paintings on the walls of the castle are undetailed versions of famous paintings by such artists as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Goya.
* It was lyricist Howard Ashman who came up with the idea of turning the enchanted objects into living creatures with unique personalities.
* The signs that Maurice comes upon when going to the fair, according to the movie commentary, read from top to bottom: Saugus, Newhall, Valencia and Anaheim, all towns in Southern California. The sign just above Saugus reads Ramona, another town in Southern California, although the commentary did not mention it specifically.
* Caricatures of the directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, can be seen in the scene where Belle is given the book as a gift. As she is leaving the store three men are seen pretending to not look through the window and then they sing, "Look there she goes. The girl who's so peculiar. I wonder if she's feeling well." They are the two men on the outside of the large blonde man.
* The Beast had ''hundreds'' of designs before they finally settled on the chimera-like form seen in the movie because too many of them were just variations of animal heads on human bodies. Lead animator Creator/GlenKeane, who had final design on the character, came up with the official design by literally dictating what features he liked[[note]]A lion's mane, a buffalo's head and beard, a boar's tusks and nose bridge, a gorilla's brow, a wolf's legs and tail, a bear's physique and... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cow's ears]] (supposedly to make him a ''little'' softer).[[/note]] as he sketched them.
* The library in the Beast's castle bears a strong resemblance to the oval reading room of the Richelieu Building at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.
* The first stained glass window seen in the prologue has the Latin phrase 'vincit qui se vincit', which means, in a subtle prefiguring of the arc of the whole story, 'He conquers who conquers himself'.
* The supervising animator for Wardrobe was Tony Anselmo - the current voice of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck.
* One interesting fun fact; Beauty and the Beast is one of only three animated films [[note]]The other two being Disney/TheLionKing and WesternAnimation/ToyStory2[[/note]] to win Best Picture [[note]]In Musical or Comedy[[/note]] at the Golden Globes. And this was the ''[[AnimationAgeGhetto before]]'' the creation of the [[ConsolationAward Animation Category.]]
5th Nov '16 9:52:11 PM DarkHunter
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* CreatorsApathy: Creator/RobertZemeckis openly expressed his hatred for the poem on which it was based, so all the nuance and meaning of the poem is completely ignored, radically changing the story and essentially making it an InNameOnly adaptation.: Despite sparing no expense in designing the Beast, the animators openly admit that they put little effort in designing his human form since they knew the audience had already endeared themselves to the Beast's monster form and wouldn't care what he looked liked as a human.

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* CreatorsApathy: Creator/RobertZemeckis openly expressed his hatred for the poem on which it was based, so all the nuance and meaning of the poem is completely ignored, radically changing the story and essentially making it an InNameOnly adaptation.: Despite sparing no expense in designing the Beast, the animators openly admit that they put little effort in designing his human form since they knew the audience had already endeared themselves to the Beast's monster form and wouldn't care what he looked liked as a human.
13th Oct '16 7:17:02 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CreatorsApathy: Creator/RobertZemeckis openly expressed his hatred for the poem on which it was based, so all the nuance and meaning of the poem is completely ignored, radically changing the story and essentially making it an InNameOnly adaptation.: Despite sparing no expense in designing the Beast, the animators openly admit that they put little effort in designing his human form since they knew the audience had already endeared themselves to the Beast's monster form and wouldn't care what he looked liked as a human.



* TheyJustDidntCare: Despite sparing no expense in designing the Beast, the animators openly admit that they put little effort in designing his human form since they knew the audience had already endeared themselves to the Beast's monster form and wouldn't care what he looked liked as a human. Most infamously, the production team forgot to give the Beast a real name.
9th Oct '16 5:36:53 PM nombretomado
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* RecycledTheSeries: ''Sing Me A Story'', which starred Belle, a talking cat puppet and a bunch of modern day kids as she would read books to them, which were really ClassicDisneyShorts with her dubbing over all the songs. It had nothing to do with Beauty and the Beast besides Belle. (Although Gaston would make a few appearances, albeit being much LighterAndSofter.)

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* RecycledTheSeries: ''Sing Me A Story'', which starred Belle, a talking cat puppet and a bunch of modern day kids as she would read books to them, which were really ClassicDisneyShorts WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts with her dubbing over all the songs. It had nothing to do with Beauty and the Beast besides Belle. (Although Gaston would make a few appearances, albeit being much LighterAndSofter.)
6th Oct '16 8:43:32 AM dsneybuf
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The only home release of the original theatrical cut to retain both its aspect ratio and its color scheme is the WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics LaserDisc that came out two years after the original theatrical release.[[note]]It came out on laser a year late to avoid video piracy, due to the format's lack of copy-protection and also thanks to Disney's rather slow international rollout of the film, which meant it wouldn't be available on video in most markets until 1993.[[/note]] As [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101414/alternateversions noted]] on Website/{{IMDB}}, each of the {{DVD}} and BluRay releases, while they present the movie in widescreen (unlike the PanAndScan [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]] tapes), made a number of other changes. Most noticeably, the color scheme was altered to match the 2002 IMAX re-release, [[DigitalDestruction which actually makes the Beast very visible when he is first seen in the film]], well before he meets Belle.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The only home release of the original theatrical cut to retain both its aspect ratio and its color scheme is the WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics LaserDisc that came out two years after the original theatrical release.[[note]]It came out on laser a year late to avoid video piracy, due to the format's lack of copy-protection and also thanks to Disney's rather slow international rollout of the film, which meant it wouldn't be available on video in most markets until 1993.[[/note]] As [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101414/alternateversions noted]] on Website/{{IMDB}}, each of the {{DVD}} and BluRay releases, while they present the movie in widescreen (unlike the PanAndScan [[UsefulNotes/{{VCR}} VHS]] tapes), made a number of other changes. Most noticeably, the color scheme was altered to match for the 2002 IMAX re-release, [[DigitalDestruction which actually makes the Beast very visible when he is first seen in the film]], well before he meets Belle.Belle. The 2010 restoration uses a color scheme that looks neither as bright as in '02, or as dark as in '91.
29th Sep '16 2:32:31 PM WarriorSparrow
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* WordOfGod: According to [[http://moviepilot.com/p/behind-the-scenes-beauty-and-the-beast-secrets/4108656 Belle's voice actress]], Belle's favorite play is ''Literature/RomeoAndJuliet'' (Paige O'Harris's own personal favorite book is ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'').
5th Sep '16 9:45:57 AM themisterfree
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** Rupert Everett auditioned for the role of Gaston, but was told by the directors he didn't sound arrogant enough. He remembered this when he voiced Prince Charming in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.

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** Rupert Everett auditioned for the role of Gaston, but was told by the directors he didn't sound arrogant enough. He remembered this when he voiced Prince Charming in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''. (He ''did'' end up playing a villain in a Disney movie, though- as Sanford Scolex/Dr. Claw in the 1999 ''Film/InspectorGadget'' adaptation.)
4th Sep '16 12:50:56 PM jameygamer
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** Jeffery Katzenberg loved the "Beauty and the Beast Song" so much that he wanted it at least doubled in length, but Howard Ashman shot down the idea for the simple reason that he had run out of suitable words that rhymed with "beast" to use.



** Jeffery Katzenberg loved the title song so much that he asked Howard Ashman to write a third verse to it. After a week of trying, Ashman told him "[[LeastRhymableWord The only other things that I could rhyme with "beast" were "yeast" and "Diane Wiest]]."

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** Jeffery Jeffrey Katzenberg loved the title song so much that he asked Howard Ashman to write a third verse to it. After a week of trying, Ashman told him "[[LeastRhymableWord The only other things that I could rhyme with "beast" were "yeast" and "Diane Wiest]]."
3rd Sep '16 7:57:44 PM Mikeyfan93
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* Naturally, since this film was deemed an "instant classic", it was the last of the four movies released under the WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics [[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo label]] in 1992, one year after its theatrical release and a little bit before ''Aladdin's'' release (the other movies that year were ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians, Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective, and Disney/TheRescuers'' (the original 1977 film). This tape's program is a shortened 1991 green F.B.I. warning, a handwritten bumper saying "Coming to Movie Theaters", the ''Aladdin'' theatrical trailer, a reissue trailer for ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' dated the following spring (this was cancelled between this tape's release and then), another handwritten bumper saying, "Stay tuned after the feature", the lilac-blue cursive "Feature Presentation" screen, the 1992 distorted Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Classics logo, the 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo, and the film; the film is followed by a home video trailer for ''101 Dalmatians'', and some copies have a ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' reissue trailer either in between the faux ''Sleeping Beauty'' trailer and the Classics logo, or between the film's ending credits and the ''Dalmatians'' trailer. The demo tape has no trailers and contained the 1988 Classics logo with non-distorted music before the WDP logo, while the LaserDisc with the original aspect ratio AND color scheme, along with the "Work-in-progress" NYFF LD cut, don't have the Classics logo, instead opening with the animation-standard 1986 Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Home Video logo.

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* Naturally, since this film was deemed an "instant classic", it was the last of the four movies released under the WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics [[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo label]] in 1992, one year after its theatrical release and a little bit before ''Aladdin's'' release (the other movies that year were ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians, Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective, and Disney/TheRescuers'' (the original 1977 film). This tape's program is a shortened 1991 green F.B.I. warning, a handwritten bumper saying "Coming to Movie Theaters", the ''Aladdin'' theatrical trailer, a reissue trailer for ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' dated the following spring (this was cancelled between this tape's release and then), another handwritten bumper saying, "Stay tuned after the feature", the lilac-blue cursive "Feature Presentation" screen, the 1992 distorted Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Classics logo, the 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo, and the film; the film is followed by a home video trailer for ''101 Dalmatians'', and some copies have a ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' reissue trailer either in between the faux ''Sleeping Beauty'' trailer and the Classics logo, or between the film's ending credits and the ''Dalmatians'' trailer. The demo tape has no trailers and contained the 1988 Classics logo with non-distorted music before the WDP logo, while the LaserDisc with the original aspect ratio AND color scheme, along with the "Work-in-progress" NYFF LD cut, don't have the Classics logo, instead opening with the animation-standard 1986 Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Home Video logo.
1st Sep '16 5:53:54 AM Prinzenick
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** There was also ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' that limped into theaters a few months prior, and this movie blasted that one apart as well.

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** There was also ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie The Movie]]'' that limped into theaters a few months prior, and this movie blasted that one apart as well.
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