After all those years with no outside contact, it seems he forgot basic etiquette.
- The fact that Gaston first sings his love for Belle, he does it while pointing a gun at her. So much for best hunter.
- When Cogsworth and Lumiere are giving Belle a tour, the knight statues are checking her out.
Cogsworth: As you were!
- Belle's conversation with Lumiere and Cogsworth beforehand (after she has been treated to a production number by a singing candlestick and a veritable platoon of dancing tableware):
Belle: I couldn't possibly sleep now! It's my first time in an enchanted castle!
Cogsworth: (laughing nervously as a fork skitters by on its tines) Enchanted? Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? (to Lumiere) It was you, wasn't it?! (they fight)
Belle: (amused) I... figured it out myself.
- Belle, aware that the townsfolk are gossiping about her, looks to her father for reassurance:
Belle: Papa...do you think I'm odd?
Maurice: (emerges from underneath his latest invention wearing a bizarre contraption on his head) My daughter odd? Where would you get an idea like that?
- Just look at Maurice's face after a hunk of wood clonks him when it's thrown from his chopping machine. Pure hilarity.
- Belle and the Beast's argument over dinner. The immaturity of them both is what sells it, from the Beast's Big "WHAT?!", to his forced politeness and Belle's retorts.
- For added hilarity, someone interpreted how that scene would go with the prince.◊
- The Beast says Belle's being so difficult, but tries to ask her to dinner again and when she says no again, he points at the door and looks at his servants while giving them a "You see?" look.
- The best part is that it's a Honeymooners Shout-Out.
- "Fine! Then go ahead and...STAAAAARRRRRVVVVVEEEEE!!!!"
- The aftermath: the Beast slams a door so hard some ceiling plaster falls on Lumiere, Mrs. Potts anxiously remarks that "That didn't go very well, did it?", and Cogsworth resignedly heads downstairs so they can start cleaning up.
- This adaptation takes it Up to Eleven, complete with the Beast throwing a childish temper tantrum.
- And then there's Belle's snarky comment after it, after she asks him why he's being such a bully: "So, you admit you're being a bully?"
- There's also Lumiere interrupting the Beast's freak-out. Made doubly hilarious with, as per Lumiere, the over-the-top French accent.
Beast: Well, how's this for 'rude'? If you don't come down, I will GRAB YOU BY THE HAIR AND DRAG YOU ALL THE WAY—
Lumiere: ZAT MAY NOT BE ZE BEST WAY TO WIN ZE GIRL'S AFFECTIAHNS!
- When Belle first meets Cogsworth properly, he's courteously introducing himself when Lumiere butts in. The way he says "This is Lumiere," tells you just about everything you need to know about these two.
- "Be Our Guest" was hilarious on its own, especially all the torment Cogsworth went through, but one line in particular is especially hilarious.
Cogsworth: (almost in sync with the music whilst a group of featherdusters are dancing ever closer to him)
Oh, gee, darn. Fun's over. Over here. (realizes they're not stopping)
Line up, now! Aaaahhh! (runs for it)
- The Beast is trying to think up something nice to do for Belle. Cogsworth brainstorms: "Well, there's the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep..."
- Bonus points for that last part being a Throw It In ad-lib by David Ogden Stiers.
- The porridge-eating scene. Beast trying to eat with a spoon is hilarious!
- Beast getting his hair cut for the big dance scene. First time it's finished:
Lumiere: Oh, you look so...so... (struggling to find the word)
Beast: (completely deadpan with an over-the-top hairstyle) Stupid.
Lumiere: Err...not quite the word I was looking for, but, uh... Perhaps, er...a little more over the top.
- Cogsworth complaining to Lumiere, again.
Cogsworth: Couldn't keep quiet, could we? Just had to invite him to stay? Serve him tea! Sit in the master's chair! Pet the pooch!
Lumiere (defensively): I was trying to be hospitable!
- Lumiere doing the "blablabla" motion with his candlestick.
- The moment when Beast tells her to join him for dinner when she's shown her room.
Beast: You will join me for dinner... THAT'S NOT A REQUEST! (door slams and dramatic music starts)
- And later, trying to control his temper while talking to Belle through the bedroom door:
Beast: But she's being so difficult!
Beast: (through clenched teeth) It would give me great... pleasure... (the fur begins to stand up on the back of his neck) ...if you would JOIN me for DINNER!
- Gaston's vision of his future life:
Gaston: Here, picture this: A rustic hunting lodge, my latest kill roasting on the fire, and my little wife massaging my feet, while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs. We'll have six or seven.
- The entire attempt at a proposal by Gaston is glorious, as he's blissfully unaware of Belle's extreme disinterest, which isn't helped by the fact that she never actually says no until she lets him out. (By which we mean "dumps him out the door".)
- "All right, old man! We'll help you out!"
- In the battle against the mob, Cogsworth of all people laughing maniacally with a pair of scissors in one hand and a gun in the other, and a general's hat on his head is pretty damn hilarious.
- Also, in the battle, the wardrobe traps on of the villagers inside her and dresses him up in... a red wig and a purple bra!
- The stage show has the wardrobe carrying a spear, wearing a Viking battle helmet, and belts out a high note to an already terrified Le Fou.
- The hilarious facial expressions Beast makes when he and Belle are arguing about her running away, especially when he's positively dumbfounded that she's telling him off and can't think of anything to say.
Well, if you hadn't run away, this wouldn't have happened. Belle:
If you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away! Beast: (lost for words)
shouldn't have been at the west wing! Belle:
should have learned to control your temper
- Pretty much all of 'Gaston', but especially the lyric "I use antlers in all of my dec-o-rating!" and the accompanying visual.
- These lines after throwing Maurice out of the tavern:
Gaston: LeFou, I'm afraid I've been thinking.
LeFou: A dangerous pastime-
Gaston: I know.
- Gaston pausing while proposing to Belle to check out his reflection in the mirror. And the fish eye effect of him when Belle peers out the door to see who it is when he comes to her house to propose.
- There's also Belle rejecting Gaston by opening her door and letting him fall into the mud head-first with his butt sticking out after saying "I just don't deserve you!"
- If you look closely, she waves after him as he topples out the door.
- Even funnier in the stage version, where he responds to this with "Who does?" This is after a song where he says that women are "occasionally" useful "mainly for extending the family tree", and that "we will be the perfect pair, rather like my thighs".
- Gaston's proposal song in the musical (aptly titled "Me") ends with him asking Belle "So Belle, what will it be? Is it "yes" or is it... "oooohhhhh, YES!"
- The Bimbettes crying at Gaston's "wedding" ceremony for Belle because they are in love with him.
- What makes it is the contrast to what happened beforehand; Gaston thanks everyone gathered for coming to the wedding reception he's set up in front of Belle's house, and adds jokingly, "But first I'd better propose to the girl!" which makes everyone laugh. Cut to the Bimbettes.
- The Bimbettes "accidentally" spraying LeFou with water after he goes gaga over them. One of them actually used her heaving bosom to push down on the water pump.
- After the song "Something There", Mrs. Potts doesn't want to answer Chip's question.
Mrs. Potts: [singing] There may be something there that wasn't there before.
Chip: What's there, Mama?
- Cogsworth telling the Beast that Belle isn't coming down to dinner.
Well? Where is she? Cogsworth:
Who? Oh, the girl! (starts getting nervous)
Yes, the...girl. Well, actually, she's in the process of, uh...circumstances being what they are...she's not coming. Beast: (after a beat) WHAT?!!??!?
- Even before that, when the door opens, but before it reveals Cogsworth instead of Belle, the Beast's face could only be described as that of a teenage girl on prom night.
- When the Beast attempts to move Belle from the tower to her own room, it's his stuttering that sells it.
Beast: Come, I'll show you to your room.
Belle My room?
Beast: You wan-You wanna stay in the tower?
Beast: Then follow me.
- Anything with Gaston when he's not being sadistically creepy. Something about his ego and the way he talks with pride over the assumption that if he wants something then he deserves it is hilarious.
- Funniest part is this, after LeFou makes fun of Belle's father (which Gaston found hilarious):
Belle: Don't talk about my father that way!
- His first line in the movie. It's so transparently asshole-ish that it's just hilarious.
LeFou: Whoa, you didn't miss a shot, Gaston. You're the greatest hunter in the whole world.
Gaston: I know.
- There's also the line from the commentary: "If you scratch your DVD cover, you can take a whiff of the Beast's room!"
- The impressions they do of the failed Beast audtions are also hilarious.
- The Beast's face when Belle leans on his chest during the ballroom scene, as well as Cogsworth's and Lumiere's reactions.
- "Mama, do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?"
- The adorable look on Chip's face when he asks makes it even better. Even his mother giggles!
- In the musical, Gaston's solo, Me, is hilarious. A combination of Evil Is Hammy and It's All About Me in one Villain Song!
- Gaston grabbing Belle's book and asking how she can read it when it doesn't even have any pictures. Made funnier by the fact that it actually does have pictures, it's just that it's an illustrated storybook with a lot of text.
- Even funnier is that Gaston is holding the book sideways, as if he was expecting an anachronistic Playboy centerfold picture.
- LeFou standing to the side and singing "Kill the Beast" as the villagers are ramming down the castle doors.
- LeFou conducting the band:
Now when Belle and I come out that door- LeFou:
Oh! I know! I know! I strike up the band! (cue fast tempo version of "Here comes the Bride" which is then Cut Short by Gaston throwing a tuba on LeFou's head) Gaston:
Not yet! LeFou:
- Add any song to the clip of Lefou and the band, and it'll be funny.
- It's shown that he's still conducting the band after Gaston is thrown into the mud.
So, how'd it go? Gaston: (grabs LeFou by his shirt)
Belle for my wife. Make no mistake about that! (Gaston throws him on the mud) LeFou:
Hmm, touchy! Pig: (agreeing with LeFou)
- During Belle and the Prince's dance, Lumiere and Cogsworth get into a fight, each claiming he was the one who knew it would work out in the end. Clearly Cogsworth was mostly skeptical during the film.
Cogsworth: (Shakes Lumiere's hand in truce) Well, Lumiere, old friend, shall we let bygones be bygones?
Lumiere: Of course, mon ami. I told you she would break the spell!
Cogsworth: I beg your pardon, old friend, but I believe I told you.
Lumiere: No, you didn't. I told you!
Cogsworth: (pushes Lumiere) You most certainly did not, you pompous, paraffin-headed peabrain!
Lumiere: En garde, you... you overgrown pocket watch! (slaps his face with a glove and the two begin fighting again)
- They waited until after they'd changed back before trading some worthy insults.
- During 'Something There', Belle ducks behind a tree while the Beast feeds some birds, in order to get a gauge on the sudden new feelings she has about him. She peeks back around the tree — to find him with birds perching all over him.
- She then throws a snowball right into his face after the birds fly off. When he attempts to get back by making a large snowball in his arms, she hits him with another, causing him to to throw the large snowball into the air, which then lands right back on him.
- Combined with Heartwarming is the Beast's face when he makes his giant snowball. Instead of being angry, it's a playful "Oh now you're going to get it!" expression.
- In the stage play, Lumiere and Cogsworth are commiserating over the prospects of being cursed forever, when Belle arrives and passes by looking for Maurice. The following exchange is often played as such:
Oh, it's a girl. Cogsworth:
I can see
it's a girl. (Beat.) (Double-take.) Both: It's a girl!!!
- When Belle tells Gaston to use his imagination, Gaston has a look on his face like he had never thought of that before.
- In the musical, during the 'Beauty and the Beast' sequence:
Belle: Dance with me?
Beast: Oh, I don't know-
Lumiere and Cogsworth: DANCE WITH HER!!!
- Earlier in that scene, when Belle first arrives, Lumiere and Cogsworth urge the Beast to "say something" about her dress. He addresses her very politely... and gives this:
Beast: Belle, your dress... it's blue!
Lumiere and Cogsworth: Compliment it!
- Belle attempting to defend Maurice:
Belle: My father's not crazy! He's a genius! [cue explosion]
[Belle runs back home as Gaston and LeFou laugh]
- A tiny moment that will go unnoticed unless you watch the film dozens of times, but in "Be Our Guest", Belle's chair is all ready to tie a napkin around her neck. Belle intercepts the napkin and puts it in her lap instead. The chair puts its arms at its sides in a clear gesture of "Well I never!" See this here.
- When Maurice first meets Lumiere and Cogsworth, his first reaction is to pick up Cogsworth and fiddle with the talking clock, trying to figure out how can this be. He shakes Cogsworth up and down, twists his dial (causing some comic pain for Cogsworth), and then tries to get at his pendulum. The brief cut to Lumiere's snickering just sells it.
Cogsworth: Sir! Close that at once! Do you mind?
- The scene in which Belle dresses the Beast's wound is a tender moment in the movie, but in the musical, there's a moment that's absolutely hilarious: Belle puts the rag on the wound, and the Beast screams like a five-year-old girl. What follows is usually a loud round of laughs from the audience as the Beast awkwardly rubs at his temples until he finally murmurs "That hurt."
- A meta example. When Tony Jay auditioned for the film, since his character had so few lines, he ended up saying all of them in his audition. He got the part, but the filmmakers saw no reason to bring him back seeing how he had already recorded all of his lines.
- From Belle's Magical World, after a big dinner fight, Belle decides to apologize to the Beast, but he has to apologize first. So Cogsworth goes and does it:
Cogsworth: So. You see. She has agreed to apologize. (Beast smiles) Yet there's one minor catch.
(Cogsworth and Lumiere get thrown out of the room.)
Beast: I WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE!
- Later, after Webster, Le Plume, and Crane returned to the castle after being thrown out by the Beast.
Belle: Hopefully. He won't be too upset.
- Fifi attempts to seduce Cogsworth to make Lumiere becomes jealous fails comically.
- In an attempt to bring flowers to the party for Mrs. Pott, Lumiere and Cogsworth are almost caught by her.. and have to bring the flower to the Beast's room.
- Belle hides an injured bird inside the Wardrobe, who herself is allergic to the bird, and the latter has to conceal this fact from her master.
- Cogsworth fails to give any order to the kitchenwares, featherdusters, napkins, and even Lumiere.
- The Lunch scene:
Beast: FOR LUNCH?!
- Another meta-example. Throughout the show's Broadway run, whenever the actor playing Gaston came out for the curtain call, he was heartily booed by the audience — and he loved it. The Fridge Brilliance of this being that it's really a testimony to how terrific a job he did playing such a loathsome character.
- Yet another meta-example; according to Andreas Deja, the animators held a contest to decide how Gaston's chest hair would be drawn!
- During the opening song, a merchant looks at a woman's cleavage as they exchange hellos. The woman then asks, "How is your wife?", upon which the merchant's angry wife smacks him with a rolling pin.
- Beauty and the Beast As Told By Emoji makes amusing use of iPhone-like interface and apps to help tell the story, such as the Enchantress turning the battery meter into the rose, Beast taking Belle to a "library" of eBooks (each of which has the same title as another Disney movie), and Belle's declaration of love activating an OS update from "Beast" to "Prince".
- "There's just one guy in town / Who's got all of it down... / And his name's G-A-S... T... G-A-S-T-E... G-A-S-T-O... ohh, ow... GASTON!!!"
- The stage show features Lumiere and Cogsworth conversing about their coworkers. Then this happens.
Lumiere: Do you remember Jacques?
Lumiere: The one who is dumb as...
Cogsworth: (in a tone of realization) A brick?
Lumiere: The whole wall!