The animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” was released in 1991. This classic movie has been a favorite among children and adults for decades. You may know the story about Belle and The Beast like the back of your hand, but there are some fun facts about the movie that even the biggest die-hard Disney fans may not be aware of. With the 2017 adaption of the film right around the corner, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at a few things you may not know about the original film.
When “Beauty and the Beast” was released, moviegoers had no idea how long the film had been in the making. Walt Disney tried to adapt the fairy tale after the success of his very first animated feature, the 1938 classic film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Unfortunately for Walt, he just couldn’t get a handle on the script. He tried again in the 1950s, but he had no
success. Walt passed away in 1966, and Walt Disney Pictures was determined to give the film another shot after the success of “The Little Mermaid.” In 1991, the film was finally released.
Actor Robby Benson is known for his soft-spoken and dreamy voice in movies such as “Ice
Castles” and “The Chosen.” But when he auditioned for the role of The Beast, he was forced to find the “rage and torment” within himself to perfect the deep and harrowing voice of the
character. The rest of The Beast’s vocals and howls were thanks to electronically enhanced sounds of growling panthers and lions.
Many scenes from Disney movies end up on the cutting room floor. In the scene that depicts Gaston’s death, animators originally planned to show the rude and conceited hunter being eaten by wolves surrounding The Beast’s castle. But when it came time to edit the movie, this scene was completely scrapped. Instead, Disney repurposed the scene and used it for Scar’s death in the 1994 movie “The Lion King.”
Disney is no stranger to slipping in subliminal messages and hidden images into the
backgrounds of scenes. In the opening shot of the movie, if you look closely enough, you can see a Disney star making a special appearance. It’s Bambi’s mother, and she is pictured
drinking from a stream in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Can you spot her?
You may not have noticed, but The Beast was never given a name in the movie or any of the subsequent sequels. Even in the directors’ commentary footage, he is simply referred to as “The Beast” or “The Prince.” It wasn’t until the release of a 1998 Disney trivia video game when fans were finally told that The Prince’s real name is Adam.