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Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Ryan Gosling was offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down to appear in La La Land (2016) instead. Emma Watson was offered the lead role in that film, but turned down that film to star in this one.
When Director Bill Condon first spoke to Disney about adapting Beauty and the Beast (1991), they actually weren't sure they were going to do this new version as a musical. Condon said, "With all due respect, I think you're crazy. The songs are too good. You're going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and not do 'Be Our Guest'?"
Ewan McGregor performed Lumière's "Be Our Guest" dances in motion-capture. However, he was embarrassed at wearing the motion-capture suit, and couldn't dance properly, unless he was completely alone with the filming crew.
According to Ewan McGregor, the hardest part about playing Lumière was getting the character's French accent right, although his wife Eve Mavrakis is French. He said his voice ended up sounding Mexican instead of French, so he had to redo his dialogue after filming had completed.
Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Nathan Mack (Chip) all share the same birthday, April 15, which was also the date of the first cast read through.
During the ballroom scene, Emma Watson had a hard time not looking at her feet, because Dan Stevens was wearing steel toed shoes, and she was afraid he would step on her.
Alan Menken, who scored Beauty and the Beast (1991), returned to score this live-action adaptation, which includes new recordings of the original songs, in addition to new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.
The song "Gaston" has new lyrics that were written by the late Howard Ashman, but never made the final cut of the 1991 film. As a result, the song is slightly longer, and is more mature themed, but minus the reprise.
Belle's ballroom gown required three thousand feet of thread, and over twelve thousand designer hours to complete. It was accentuated with two thousand one hundred sixty Swarovski crystals.
Luke Evans (Gaston) had to wear fake teeth during filming, due to having canines that are longer than normal, which he said would have made Gaston look like a vampire. Luke Evans played a vampire in Dracula Untold (2014).
Emma Watson released to fans that she would be playing the role of Belle, before it even went on record. A big fan of Beauty and the Beast (1991) since childhood, she told her fans that her "six year old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting."
According to Emma Watson, when Belle had to be intentionally struck in the face by a snowball, the whole sequence required numerous attempts, until a satisfactory hit was accomplished. In the end, Emma had to keep moving her face (target) into the line of fire, in order to increase the chances of a direct hit.
In Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Beast's castle is shown to be quite close to the village, yet nobody in the village knew about it, nor noticed the absence of those who live there, when they are cursed. The prologue of the 2017 version elaborates on this part of the story, explaining part of the curse involved the world forgetting about the castle and its inhabitants.
Bill Condon had actors sing The Lion King (1994)'s "Hakuna Matata" at the auditions to measure their singing voices. This was how he chose the final cast for this film.
Shortly after it was announced that Emma Watson would be playing Belle, Belle's voice actresses Paige O'Hara (the original voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991)) and Susan Egan (who originated the role on Broadway) expressed their endorsement and approval of Watson as a live-action Belle.
Filming was completed by August 27, 2015, more than eighteen months before the film's release.
In the castle battle, LeFou mockingly suggests Mrs. Potts is Chip's grandmother. This is an inside joke alluding to the popular complaint among fans that the human version of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (1991) looked too old to be Chip's mother.
Hidden Mickey: The lock on the stagecoach, in which Maurice and Belle are imprisoned.
During Belle and Beast's waltz, the letters WD can be seen in the coat of arms design on the floor. This is a nod to Walt Disney.
At two hours and nine minutes, the 2017 version is forty-five minutes longer than Beauty and the Beast (1991), with the additional runtime featuring: three new songs, "How Does a Moment Last Forever", "Days in the Sun" and "Evermore"; additional lyrics to the songs "Belle", "Gaston" and "Be Our Guest"; details of the backstories of the major and minor characters.
Jacqueline Durran based the design of Belle's signature yellow dress on a sketch drawn by co-star Dan Stevens's young daughter Willow. According to Stevens, young Willow was very excited when told that Emma Watson would be coming to a home dinner at the invitation of Stevens. Eagerly to show and impress Watson, she had drawn several drawing sketches of Belle in various outfits, with the trademark dance dress standing out of the rest. The following day, Watson showed it to Durran, who took an immediate liking to it and started work improving the design of the dress.
The song "Be Our Guest" in Beauty and the Beast (1991) specifically mentions the time period of ten years. As the final petal of the enchanted rose was to fall when the Prince turned twenty-one, audiences noted this would make him eleven at the time of the curse. Therefore, in this film, the song removes the ten years.
According to Disney, the first teaser trailer was viewed 91.8 million times in its first twenty-four hours. This makes it the most viewed teaser trailer in history (as of March 2017). Beating the previous record by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (eighty-eight million views), followed by Captain America: Civil War (2016) (sixty-one million views), each of which is a Disney film as well. However, the teaser has dropped to ninth place on the list as of June 2017, and the title for most viewed goes to It (2017).
In this version, the Beast turns out to be quite educated (makes sense for a Prince) and absolutely does read, unlike in Beauty and the Beast (1991). There would be very little else for him to do, given his limited ability to be outside the castle, and makes his vast library much more plausible.
Josh Gad and Luke Evans were allowed to improvise in many of their scenes. Most notably, the end of the the "Gaston" song in the theatrical release was one of over a dozen different endings Gad improvised; while the song had been pre-recorded, they were able to improvise their actions.
In the first half of the film, the Beast wears raggedy clothes, symbolizing his initially savage persona. After the song "Days in the Sun", the Beast's outfits become more refined and princely. This mirrors him slowly regaining his humanity.
In the scene set in Maurice's workshop, in the lower right corner foreground, there is a model of a carriage with two small figures dancing on top. The figurines are dressed in the same costumes that the Beast and Belle wear during the ballroom dance scene.
Emma Watson developed a close relationship with Screenwriter Stephen Chbosky while working on The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). She brought him on board the film to work on the script.
The Beast was originally going to be created by having Dan Stevens in prosthetic make-up, designed and created by husband and wife team Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey. During post-production, a change was made to re-create the Beast face with CGI, altering the look of the Beast. The final Beast that will be seen in the film, will be Dan Stevens in the full body suit created by the Elseys, but with a digital face, despite Bill Condon's wish to have the Beast be a completely practical make-up creation.
Belle, in this film, is the inventor, instead of Maurice. The reason behind this, is because Emma Watson wanted Belle to get her own backstory, about why she is treated differently by the other villagers. Watson and the production team even joked that Belle invented the washing machine, so Belle read books while the clothes are being washed.
Emma Watson received three million dollars upon signing, but made fifteen million dollars, since the movie made over seven hundred fifty million dollars globally.
Belle's town is named Villeneuve, after "Beauty and the Beast" author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Fittingly, Villeneuve also translates as Newtown.
Emma Watson refused to wear a corset as part of her costume.
Emma Watson was previously set to star in another "Beauty and the Beast" film, that was set up at Warner Brothers, with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct.
When Gaston is describing what he likes about Belle to LeFou, he says he can't think of the exact word or trait. LeFou offers that Belle has a certain "je ne sais quoi", to which Gaston replies, "I don't know what that means", which is almost the literal translation of the phrase: "I don't know what." A second facet to this joke, is that the characters are French, so Gaston should in fact know what "je ne sais quoi" means.
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens said that their favorite scene to film was the iconic ballroom scene.
The Beast's library is based on the Joanina Library, situated in the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Due to the ten inch stilts worn by Dan Stevens in the film, plus his regular height, this version of the Beast stands at 6'10".
The charm that Mrs. Potts has hanging below her spout is one of the earrings that she wears in human form.
Emma Watson said she was bored during the filming of "Be Our Guest", since all she did was sit on a chair. The film crew would tell her jokes, to keep her entertained, as well as trigger genuine giggling, to be used in the scene.
Many of the cast have voiced characters in Disney animated films:
In this version, Le Fou and Gaston are former soldiers. Gaston even mentions coming back from the war. Judging by their uniforms, age, and time period of the original story, this would set the film somewhere after 1763, after the Seven Years' War.
Emma Watson came up with the idea to have her character wear boots in this film, instead of the black flats that Belle wore in Beauty and the Beast (1991). Watson claimed that because her character was going to be an inventor, the first thing that was to go was the flats, and unlike the film, Belle's hair is worn either in a messy bun, or straight down, instead of a ponytail, as well as wearing a few cloths on her blouse, instead of an apron.
Production Designer Sarah Greenwood based the town of Villeneuve on the French village of Conques in Southern France.
Unadjusted for inflation, this is the most expensive musical ever made, on a budget of one hundred sixty million dollars.
To prepare for the role of Belle, Emma Watson re-watched Beauty and the Beast (1991), and began taking singing classes.
This is the sixth Disney live-action fairy tale themed musical, after Cinderella (2015), Enchanted (2007), Into the Woods (2014), Mary Poppins (1964), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). However, this is the first Disney live-action adaptation of a previously animated film to be treated as a pure musical.
Although Gaston proclaims a lack of interest in literature, one of his lines in The Mob Song, "Screw your courage to the sticking place", is in fact, a quote from William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Mrs. Potts was played by Emma Thompson, who played Mrs. Lovett at the Lincoln Center performance of "Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 2014. Her predecessor Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (1991)) played Mrs. Lovett in the original theater production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 1979.
While never officially confirmed in any Disney "Beauty and the Beast" fiction, the Prince has the name of Adam. However, Josh Gad joked in an interview, that he thinks the Prince should be named Vladimir.
Before the library scene, Belle and the Beast quote from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this play, a beautiful Fairy Queen falls in love with a man, who has been magically transformed into a creature.
Céline Dion, who sang the title track on Beauty and the Beast (1991) in a duet with Peabo Bryson, sings "How Does a Moment Last Forever" in this film's end credits.
This is Ewan McGregor's first role in a Disney movie.
This film establishes that Belle was actually born in Paris, and moved to Villeneuve after her mother's death. Emma Watson (Belle) was also born in Paris.
Alexis Loizon (Stanley, one of Gaston's henchman) played the part of Gaston in the French production of the "Beauty and the Beast" stage musical.
The "Be Our Guest" song contains several tributes to other musicals:
  • At "culinary cabaret", there is a musical snippet of "Wilkommen" from the musical Cabaret (1972).
  • Lumière gets surrounded by an array of pink feather fans, a nod to the song "All I Care About is Love" from Chicago (2002).
  • When the featherdusters create a fountain, and Lumière dances underneath it, the title theme from Singin' in the Rain (1952) is heard.
  • The finale contains an Indian-style setpiece (and a brief musical tone), an homage to Ewan McGregor's musical Moulin Rouge! (2001), which had an Indian number.
  • The Indian castle model resembles Agrabah castle from Disney's Aladdin (1992).
The book the Beast uses to transport Belle to Paris is based on the book in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) in the song "Stories", in which Belle flips through a book and is then incorporated into the scenes within the book.
In an interview with CinemaBlend on May 11, 2016, Josh Gad promised that the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (1991) will be something special: "I think that what the creative team has so brilliantly done, is they've embraced it so fully, that the scale and scope of those numbers is unlike anything modern Hollywood really gets a chance to do anymore. You're going to see songs come to life in Technicolor magic, in a way that I think like big studio films, once upon a time, used to do, but have sort of not done for a long period of time, and I think it's going to be really amazing thing for audiences to see again."
Dan Stevens' favorite moment in the film, is when he roars at the wolves and scares them off.
Ewan McGregor had admitted during an interview he had never watched Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw completed their voice sessions for the film, over the course of two years.
Jean Dujardin was strongly considered, and was the filmmakers' choice, for the role of Lumière.
Bill Condon was chosen to direct, based solely on his previous work on Dreamgirls (2006).
Luke Evans (Gaston) and Sir Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Evans was Bard, and McKellen was Gandalf. The two played allies in those films, but play enemies in this film.
Emma Watson was considered to play the title role in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (2015).
Highest domestic opening gross of all time for a film rated PG.
The 2017 edition does not feature the song "Human Again", which appeared in a famous deleted scene from Beauty and the Beast (1991).
When this film was first announced, there were rumors circulating that Hugh Jackman would be cast as Gaston (as Jackman actually played Gaston in the Australian live-action musical of Beauty and the Beast during the mid 1990s). However, nothing ever surfaced. Presumably because Jackman was judged too old.
In the "Be Our Guest" number, when Lumière says "after all, this is France!" he drops a cleaver, cutting a baguette in half. This is referencing the official execution method used in France from 1792 until 1981, the guillotine. Beauty and the Beast (1991) had the dishes and spoons form an Eiffel tower, which was built in 1889. As the film is set well before 1792, both visual flourishes are humorous anachronisms.
The casting of Emma Watson as Belle was considered fortuitous by the producers, and even her. The studio unanimously decided that she was the only choice, because the character is considered the fantasy, classical-period equivalent of Watson's signature role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise. The film contains several homages to the Harry Potter saga.
Josh Gad plays Le Fou in this film, and had previously co-starred with Jesse Corti (the original voice of Le Fou) in Frozen (2013).
This is Dan Stevens' first musical. However, it was not the first time that Dan has sung. He sang briefly in Downton Abbey (2010).
As Belle takes care of the Beast, two martenitsas can be seen on the straps of her dress. A martenitsa is made of white and red threads woven together, it's a Bulgarian symbol for health. The movie was released in March in Bulgaria, the month when people give each other martenitsas.
According to Emma Watson, her Belle was very loosely based on Katharine Hepburn.
The suite played when Belle is first taken to her bedroom is from "Home", a song from the "Beauty and the Beast" musical play that she usually sings in this scene.
For the French dub of the film, Cogsworth was renamed Big Ben after the famous British clock.
According to some sources, Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Maurice.
When singing the newly added song "Days in the Sun", Belle says that there has been a "change in me". This references a song that appears in the Broadway musical version of the story, simply called "A Change in Me".
Stephen Merchant originally had a cameo in the film as Monsieur Toilette, a plumber who came to inspect the castle and got turned into an old-fashioned toilet. However, Bill Condon decided that the character and the scenes they shot were rather low brow, and in poor taste, and so cut out his scenes from the film. They appear as deleted scenes on the DVD.
Belle states to the Wardrobe, that she is not a Princess. Belle is one of the original members of the Disney Princess line that launched in the early 2000s.
Grossed over one hundred seventy million dollars from 4,210 theaters at the North American box-office, in its opening weekend.
Both of the actors who have played Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellen and David Ogden Stiers) in the Disney versions of Beauty and the Beast, are openly gay in real-life.
The coat rack, "Chappeau", is a play on the French word for "hat" -- "chapeau". He was named for the hat shop "Chappeau" in Beauty and the Beast (1991). He could be recognized by the hat he was wearing in the 1991 film.
The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson; and two Oscar nominees: Stanley Tucci and Sir Ian McKellen. In keeping with the musical aspect of the film, the cast also includes three Tony winners: Kline, McKellen, and Audra McDonald; and one Tony nominee: Josh Gad.
When this movie was first announced, Daniel Radcliffe was rumored to have a major role. This caused fans to joke that Radcliffe couldn't possibly be the Beast, as he is the same height as Emma Watson. (Radcliffe and Watson played comrades-in-arms Harry and Hermione Granger in eight Harry Potter movies.) In fact, if Radcliffe wore the ten inch stilts, that Dan Stevens wore in the movie, he would be 6'3" (vs. Stevens' 6'10"). Still very tall, but not nearly as monstrous as the filmmakers wanted.
The first live-action remake of an animated film deriving from Disney's Renaissance Era in the '90s.
This is Ewan McGregor's second movie-musical that takes place in France, the first being Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Laura Linney, who collaborates frequently with Director Bill Condon on his films, was considered to play Mrs. Potts.
During the end credits of the original theatrical release, two actors are credited with the wrong names. The roles of "Young Prince" and "King" (credited to Rudi Goodman and Henry Garrett respectively) were actually performed by Adam Mitchell and Tom Turner, respectively.
In Cogsworth's first scene, he is holding up a watch and his face is in shadow; only the clock's face is seen on his figure. It's a clever visual pun that foreshadows Cogsworth becoming a clock.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette) also played the title role in Belle (2013).
Emma Roberts, Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Emmy Rossum were considered for the role of Belle.
The film is set in France. Emma Watson herself was born in France, and Ewan McGregor's wife Eve Mavrakis is French.
Had the largest March opening in the following foreign markets: Mexico (11.6 million dollars), Germany (10.7 million dollars), and Spain (5.8 million dollars).
Maestro Cadenza is a harpsichord, with his mouth being the piano keys. This is a reference to piano keys being made from ivory in the eighteenth century.
Ewan McGregor and Sir Ian McKellen come from big-budget fantasy franchises, which had Sir Christopher Lee as an antagonist: McGregor fought Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and McKellen fought Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Dan Stevens and Hattie Morahan have worked together twice before: they played lovers Edward Ferrars and Elinor Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and lovers Gilbert Evans and Laura Knight in Summer in February (2013).
Lumière is the only character in the film to have two distinct modes: one mode is a normal ornamental candelabra, and the other is him in a human form (face, hands, and feet).
Belle's bedroom ceiling has a painted sky with clouds, which was the ballroom ceiling from Beauty and the Beast (1991).
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Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), and Ray Fearon (Pere Robert the librarian) previously appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise, as Hermione Granger, Professor Sybill Trelawney, and the voice of Firenze the Centaur respectively.
This movie has become the number one highest grossing film in the Philippines of all time, earning 676 million pesos (13.52 million U.S. dollars), which dethroned Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) with 634 million pesos (12.68 million U.S. dollars).
Robert Pattinson was briefly considered for the role of the Beast. Pattinson played the cursed supernatural man Edward Cullen, in love with a normal girl, in the Twilight Saga film franchise. Edward Cullen and the Beast have been noted by literary critics as having stalker-like tendencies, including imprisoning the women they love. The final two Twilight: Breaking Dawn movies were directed by Bill Condon. Robert Pattinson and Emma Watson appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
This is the second live-action Disney film for Hattie Morahan after Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
Gaston's red vest is lined with a yellow and red checkered fabric, the same pattern used for Woody's shirt in Toy Story (1995).
This is Ewan McGregor's first Disney Movie. His next film is doing the title character in Christopher Robin (2018) which is scheduled to released in August of 2018.
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In one scene, the Beast reads a novel about Sir Lancelot, the character Dan Stevens played in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014). That film also featured a cameo appearance Hugh Jackman (Gaston in the Beauty and the Beast stage play) as King Arthur.
Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Hattie Morahan (Agathe) played the role of Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. Thompson was in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Morahan was in Sense & Sensibility (2008), which also featured Dan Stevens (Beast) as Edward Ferrars.
One of the wolves in the film has a scar on its face. This is a nod to both The Lion King (1994) and The Jungle Book (2016), in which both Scar and Shere Khan, villainous animals and cats, bear scars on their faces.
Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci previously starred in Robots (2005), as the voices of Rodney Copperbottom, and his father Herb Copperbottom, respectively.
When filming was in production, rumors circulated that Lily Collins was in talks to portray Belle.
Hattie Morahan is attributed as the narration voice for the "Main Title: Prologue" on the soundtrack, but she is not credited for it in the closing credits, or anywhere in the film. The closing credits award the only attribution to Composer Alan Menken.
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Unlike the animated film, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts are married in this adaptation. However, it is implied while Mrs. Potts is happily married to Mr. Potts, Cogsworth's marriage to his wife is rather an unhappy one, as Cogsworth is not pleased to see his wife again, and even wishes to be a clock again.
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Dan Stevens worked with Bill Condon once before on The Fifth Estate (2013). Sir Ian McKellen and Bill Condon previously worked together on Gods and Monsters (1998) and Mr. Holmes (2015).
Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, the directors of Beauty and the Beast (1991), were brought on this film as creative consultants.
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In Beauty and the Beast (1991), the spout of the teapot forms Mrs. Potts' nose. Here, the design was altered to make the spout her arm, to enable her to weaponize her tea-pouring ability and to avoid her looking like an elephant.
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Some early sources suggest that Simon Pegg was briefly considered for the role of Lumière, however, nothing came about it.
If looked at carefully, Cogsworth's eyes and nose in his clock form, forms a hidden Mickey Mouse symbol.
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Dan Stevens (the Beast) and Luke Evans (Gaston), who play enemies, have appeared in Dracula movies in the same manner, Stevens was Lord Arthur Holmwood in Dracula (2006), and Evans was Vlad in Dracula Untold (2014).
The film draws influence from Disney's Pinocchio (1940). Both films feature characters cursed with transformation for being bad, old single fathers who make toys (Geppetto, Maurice), and inanimate objects that come to life.
According to some early sources, Josh Brolin was rumored to be considered for the role of the Beast, but it's likely that he was deemed too old for the part.
Emma Watson and Emma Thompson appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Bill Condon previously worked with Sir Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998) (a film which earned McKellen an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and Condon an Oscar win for Best Screenplay).
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Hattie Morahan (Enchantress) and Emma Thompson (Mrs.Potts) both played the role of Elinor Dashwood in adaptions of Sense and Sensibility.Morahan in 2008 tv-series and Thompson in 1995 movie.Dan Steevens also played in the 2008 tv-series,as Elinor's (Hattie Morahan's) love interest Edward Ferrars.
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Gaston steps into a puddle after Belle rejects his proposal. In the original film, Gaston falls into a puddle after Belle refuses to be his wife.
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Reunites Emma Watson and Emma Thompson, after they worked together on the Harry Potter franchise.
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Technically, Mrs. Potts and Chip were the only people who could had avoided the curse. At the start of the film, Chip runs into the ballroom, presumably to see what was going on, and because of this, he and Mrs. Potts became a cup and tea pot, respectively. Had Chip simply stayed with his mother, they may have been spared.
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When having dinner, Maurice is scared off after seeing Chip, who is now a tea cup, speak. He later tells Belle the castle is alive. A similar incident happened in Toy Story (1995), where Sid discovers Woody, Buzz, and the other toys are alive, and tells his sister Hannah what he just saw.
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During the song "Gaston", Le Fou is seen cracking a man's neck. This also happened twice in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), where Sweet adjusts Milo's neck.
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The painting of the young Prince Adam with his parents, his pose is replica of King Louis XV of France when a child by Rigaud.
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In the library scene, Belle and Beast quote from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kevin Kline and Stanley Tucci starred in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) as Bottom and Puck, respectively.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During his song, Gaston says that he likes to shoot animals from behind, not caring if it's fair or not. This foreshadows the climax, when Gaston cheats, after the Beast calls a truce. He shoots the Beast multiple times in the back, before the bridge he's standing on collapses, causing him to fall to his death.
The film is a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (1991), but draws elements from other versions of the tale. The concept of the household objects slowly losing their mobility, comes from the stage musical. As in the original fairy tale, Belle's father is caught by the Beast when he attempts to take a rose for his daughter, instead of Beast accusing him of trespassing. This, in turn, leads to Belle's offer to trade places with her father, as it was she who asked him to bring her a rose. The Beast's look, and much of the Castle's decorations, resemble those in La belle et la bête (1946).
In an interview, Dan Stevens said that there was a very different version of the ending transformation: the Prince would emerge shirtless from a bed of rose petals. However, this scene received negative reactions from test audiences, as they felt that if the Prince appeared shirtless, that meant the rest of him was naked as well, and so wouldn't be appropriate for young children.
During the song "How Does a Moment Last Forever", Maurice is shown making a music box that resembles his life in Paris with his wife and an infant Belle. (His art studio is also full of sketches of Belle's mother and baby Belle.) These reflect Maurice's inability to move on from his tragic past and let his daughter find true happiness. At the end of the film, during Belle and the Prince's party (and possible wedding), Maurice is shown painting a picture of the joyous event. This reveals that Maurice has finally continued on with his life.
Early in the film, Belle asks a character if he has forgotten something. The character is in fact Jean Potts, the husband of Mrs. Potts, and father of Chip.
Evermore", the second of the newly written songs, is actually a semi-replacement for Beast's Broadway number "If I Can't Love Her". According to Alan Menken, the replacement came in when it was decided that once the Beast feels love for Belle, he should voluntarily let her leave the castle to save her father.
The characters in the film are revisions or updates of the Disney Beauty and the Beast (1991) animated characters:
  • Maestro Cadenza is this film's version of Forte, the sentient musical instrument from Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997). In this film, he is a far more heroic and jovial character.
  • The Wardrobe is renamed Madame Garderobe, and is revised to be Cadenza's wife.
  • Footstool the dog is renamed Froufrou, and is owned by Garderobe.
  • Lumière's love interest, the feather duster, is named Plumette in this film; she was unnamed in the 1991 film, but she was named Babette in the musical, and Fifi in Belle's Magical World (1998)).
  • The coat rack Chappeau, was previously an unnamed enchanted character from the 1991 film.
  • Chef Bouche, the palace chef who was turned into a stove, is renamed Cuisinier.
  • The Triplets were named Paulette, Claudette, and Laurette in the animated film. Here, they are renamed Eliana, Elise, and Eloise.
Le Fou is Disney's first canonical gay character in a feature-length film.
During the song "Belle", Belle walks up to a man and asks him if "he's lost something again," to which he replies, "I think I have. I just can't remember what." This man is later revealed to be Mrs. Potts' husband. Since she and Chip were turned into objects with everyone else in the castle, and all memory of them was magically wiped out, it's more than possible that the thing he's lost and can't remember is his family.
Chappeau never speaks, even after reverting to human form.
It was Josh Gad's idea for LeFou to slowly question Gaston's actions, and ultimately reform, after Gaston's obsession with Belle turns into insanity.
The Enchantress, who cursed the Prince and his castle, had a larger role in this film. There was a scene planned, where LeFou questions her on her actions, but this scene was cut out for running time purposes.
When the back-to-human Mrs. Potts reunites with her husband, he greets her as "Beatrice". That would make her name Beatrice Potts, likely a nod to children's author Beatrix Potter ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit").

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