Friday, December 28, 2012

Something There That Wasn't There Before

If you love Beauty and The Beast you are probably as enchanted by the opening of the New Fantasyland as I am. In celebration of the new Fantasyland here are some fun facts you night not know about the film:

Fun Beauty and The Beast Facts:

The Beast is a compilation of many different animals. 
He has the upper torso of a bear.  His legs and tail are from a wolf. Beast's head and beard are from a buffalo. His nose and tusks are wild boar and he has a gorilla's heavy brow.  Of course he stately and has the mane of a lion! Wow!

The entire Be Our Guest sequence was first performed for and sung to Maurice, Belle's father.  After a run through, animators realized it better suited Belle. They shifted the song later into the film and reanimated Maurice into Belle!

When Maurice gets lost in the woods and happens upon a sign it points to Newhall (the Golden Oak Ranch site), Valencia (where you can find the Cali institute of Arts) and Anaheim (home of Disneyland)!

The Beast can be seen in Aladdin as one of the animal stacking toys the Sultan plays with.

The final dance scene reuses footage from Sleeping Beauty.

Beauty and The Beast is the first animated film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy awards.

You can read more fun facts in the book Mouse Under Glass by David Koenig.

I have always loved Beauty and The Beast.  I can't wait to visit the castle and try the "Grey Stuff" at Be Our Guest....I hear it's delicious!

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