Fun Facts about Beauty and the Beast:
– Walt Disney considered remaking the Beauty and the Beast as far back as the 1930s.
– Belle is the oldest Disney princess.
– Beauty and the Beast was the first animated movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
– Beauty and the beast is currently the 9th longest running musical in Broadway history.
– The first ever recorded version of the story of Beauty and the Beast was in 1550 by Giovanni Straparola.
– The beloved candelabra Lumiere and ornate clock Cogsworth of the Disney films aren’t so helpful in the original story, because they’re not around at all.
– In the original story, the people in the cursed palace are frozen as statues after the prince is transformed.
– Beast’s true name is Prince Adam.
– Beast is a combination of multiple animals but always retains his blue eyes.
– Belle is the first brown haired Disney princess.
– Belle’s blue and white dress and hairstyle were inspired by Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
– The final dance between Belle and Beast in the ending is reused animation from Sleeping Beauty.
– A fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740.
– It was influenced by some earlier stories, such as ‘Cupid and Psyche’, written by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis in the 2nd century AD.
– French tale was specifically intended for the preparation of young girls in 18th century France for arranged marriages.
– It was thought that the real ‘beast’ was Petrus Gonsalvus, born in Spain in 1537 who suffered from a disease that made him unusually hairy.
– ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the first Disney animated film to cross the $100 million box office mark.
– Jackie Chan performed the voice acting and singing for the Beast in the Chinese (Mandarin) dub of the film.
– Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to earn more than $100 million at the box office.
– According to Tatar, this myth isn’t based on anyone in particular; it’s truly a tale as old as time.