True as it may be, Beauty and the Beast officially hit the quarter-century mark on Tuesday. In the 25 years since it first arrived in theaters, the 1991 film has become a revered Disney classic — not to mention the first animated movie to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
With a new, live-action reboot of the tale as old as time on the horizon, the original Beauty is as still beloved as ever before — and that includes for Angela Lansbury, who voiced the character of Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast fans who felt dejá vù watching the trailer for Disney’s live-action remake are not alone.
Moviepilot scoured through the original 1991 animated film and found scenes that matched up with images shown in last week’s record-breaking trailer.
Once upon a time, a lot of people watched the trailer for Disney’s new version of Beauty and the Beast (out Mar. 17, 2017). In fact, EW can exclusively reveal that the first proper promotional clip for the company’s live-action remake of its 1991 animated classic garnered 127.6 million views around the world in the 24 hours after its premiere on Monday, which is more than any other trailer in history.
It’s time to take another step inside Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted castle.
The details of Disney’s highly-anticipated live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast are still slowly being revealed following EW’s exclusive first look at the film last week. On Thursday, Emma Watson took to Twitter to reveal the film’s teaser poster.
Getting cast as Gaston’s sidekick, Le Fou, in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast (out March 17) was a fairy tale come true for Frozen star Josh Gad. “Before there was Frozen, there was Beauty and the Beast,” says the actor told EW during the film’s U.K. shoot last year. “That was my Frozen. When the movie came out in ‘91 I saw it probably three or four times in the theater.
EW can exclusively reveal that Disney’s live-action, Bill Condon-directed Beauty and the Beast remake (out March 17) will feature lyrics originally written for the animated 1991 version that went unused. The lyrics were penned by the late Howard Ashman, who wrote the songs for the film with composer Alan Menken, and will feature in the song “Gaston.”
The highly complicated special effects process used to transform actor Dan Stevens into the titular, hairy monster-hero of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast (out March 17) could easily confuse an adult. It certainly confused this adult when EW toured the movie’s U.K. set last year.
What’s more difficult than directing a hugely complex musical number with a small army of singers and dancers? How about directing a hugely complex musical number with a small army of singers and dancers who aren’t actually present when you shoot the scene?
When Disney releases its live-action remake of Beauty and The Beast on March 17 of next year, viewers will hear three new ballads written by composer Alan Menken — who penned the tunes for the original 1991 animated version with the late Howard Ashman — and lyricist Tim Rice. These include a song performed by Emma Watson’s Belle with her character’s father Maurice (Kevin Kline), and another called “For Evermore,” sung by Dan Stevens’ Beast.
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