U.S. Release Date: March 17, 2017
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. You can find our review here.
Cast and Crew
|Emma Watson as Belle|
Dan Stevens as The Beast
Luke Evans as Gaston
Kevin Kline as Maurice
Josh Gad as LeFou
Ewan McGregor as Lumiere
Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
Ian McKellen as Cogsworth
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
Director: Bill Condon
Trailers, Clips, and Featurettes
Movie Still Gallery
The World Premiere of the film was held March 2nd, 2017 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. For more information, see our coverage of the event.
New York City Special Screening (3/13/17)
- Over 8,700 candles (or 104,400 inches of wax) were used as set decoration during production.
- The ballroom floor in the Beast’s castle is made from 12,000 square feet of faux marble and its design is based on a pattern found on the ceiling of the Benedictine Abbey in Braunau, Germany. The 10 glass chandeliers in the ballroom – each measuring 14 feet by 7 feet – are based on actual chandeliers from Versailles which were then frosted, covered in fabric and candlelit.
- Approximately 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased during production for use as research or set decoration.
- The enchanted forest which surrounds the Beast’s castle and features real trees, hedges, a frozen lake and 20,000 icicles, took 15 weeks to complete.
- Approximately 180 feet of feather light satin organza was used to create Belle’s yellow dress. The dress, which required 3,000 feet of thread and took over 12,000 hours to create, was accentuated with 2,160 Swarovski crystals.
- During production, the costume department challenged itself to design and create ethical and sustainable costumes made from fair-trade fabrics (meaning the use of organic materials from suppliers that pay their employees a fair wage and are considerate of the environment), which they achieved. Working in tandem with Eco Age and the Green Carpet Challenge, the department used natural and low impact dyes, carefully disposing of any waste water, and printed with traditional wood blocks.
- A production crew comprised of more than 1,000 people worked around the clock to design, build and decorate the film’s mammoth sets.
- Philippe, Belle (Emma Watson) and Maurice’s (Kevin Kline) horse, is played by three different horses, two of which had to be painted on a daily basis.
- Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Nathan Mack (Chip) all share the same birthday, April 14, which was also the date of the cast read through.
- Froufrou, the dog belonging to Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), is played by Gizmo, a rescue from one of the U.K.’s oldest and most famous animal rescue centers.
- The coat of arms in the Beast’s castle is a lion and a boar with a WD anagram (the WD is meant to represent a fictional character, William Devereaux, but could also stand for Walt Disney).
- Some of the original lyrics written by Howard Ashman for the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” that were not used in the animated film have been added to the live-action adaptation.
- The lend-a-hand lights on the terrace and staircase in the Beast’s castle and the rose colonnade on the castle grounds are an homage to Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Avant Garde film, “La Belle et le Bête, which was a source of inspiration for Bill Condon.
- Overture (From”Beauty and the Beast”/Score) (Alan Menken)
- Main Title: Prologue Pt. 1 (From Beauty and the Beast/Score) (Alan Menken)
- Aria (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Audra McDonald)
- Main Title: Prologue Pt. 2 (From Beauty and the Beast/Score) (Alan Menken)
- Belle (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast)
- How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Kevin Kline)
- Belle (Reprise) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson)
- Gaston (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast)
- Be Our Guest (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
- Days In The Sun (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Clive Rowe)
- Something There (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack)
- How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson)
- Beauty and the Beast (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson)
- Evermore (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Dan Stevens)
- The Mob Song (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Evans, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Mack)
- Beauty and the Beast (Finale) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Audra McDonald, Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson)
- How Does A Moment Last Forever (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Celine Dion)
- Beauty and the Beast (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (John Legend, Ariana Grande)
- Evermore (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Josh Groban)
- Aria (From Beauty and the Beast/Demo) (Alan Menken)
- How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box) (From Beauty and the Beast/Demo) (Alan Menken)
- Days In The Sun (From Beauty and the Beast/Demo) (Alan Menken)
- How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre) (From Beauty and the Beast/Demo) (Alan Menken)
- Evermore (From Beauty and the Beast/Demo) (Alan Menken)
At the Parks
There is so much going on at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in support of the film that we created our own guide focusing on how you can enjoy the magic of the film at the Parks.
El Capitan Theatre
March 17 – April 30, 2017: Beauty and the Beast‘s run at the El Capitan Theatre will include a light and projection show before the movie featuring a Swarovski crystal curtain. This pre-show will be accompanied by a brand-new overture, arranged by Alan Menken’s long-time music director Michael Kosarin, in the style and tradition of the great classic roadshow film overtures. It was recorded by a 100-piece symphonic studio orchestra, and takes the audience through the best-loved songs from the 1991 animated film, as well as some of the gorgeous new songs written for this new live-action one. Before and after the movie, guests will have the opportunity to see costumes, props, and set dressing from the film in a display in the lower lounge.
Disney Publishing has released several titles that tie-in to or are inspired by Beauty and the Beast.
- Lost in a Book
- Belle’s Library
- Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast
- Tale as Old as Time
- A Twisted Tale: As Old As Time
- The Beast Within
A wide variety of merchandise is available at DisneyStore.com
In anticipation of the film’s release, a number of popular Disney mobile games have added special Beauty and the Beast content:
Disney Crossy Road (Starting March 16): Beauty and the Beast figurines and worlds inspired by the highly-anticipated live-action film launch in the game.
Disney Story Central: Beauty and the Beast enchants the largest collection of Disney stories with new tales, including The Enchantment, World of Reading: Beauty and the Beast, and more.
Disney Emoji Blitz (March 17 – 24): New Beauty and the Beast Item Cards will be added, featuring Belle’s Cottage, The Beast’s Magic Mirror, Belle’s Fountain, and more. Beauty and the Beast emojis inspired by the animated classic will also be added, including Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts.
Disney Jigsaw (Starting March 17): A new Beauty and the Beast puzzle pack is now available.
Color by Disney: New Beauty and the Beast coloring pages invite artists to bring the enchanted tale to life.
According to Box Office Mojo, Beauty and the Beast took in an $174 million in its opening weekend (even more than the $170 million that was estimated on Sunday). This made the film it the largest ever March opening, besting Batman v. Superman, which made $166 million last year. Furthermore, that figure would put the film at #6 on the all-time best domestic opening weekends chart, placing it just above Iron Man 3 and giving Disney six of the top seven slots. Its current haul also makes it the #2 top grossing live-action musical behind Grease, although it’s sure to be #1 by the end of next weekend.
When international box office in included, Beauty and the Beast took in $357 million in its opening weekend.
Coverage on LaughingPlace.com
- EW Cover Gives First Look at 2017’s Belle and Beast
- Emma Watson Said No to Cinderella Before Saying Yes to Belle
- Luxe Bloom Selected as Official Rose of Beauty and the Beast
- “Beauty and the Beast” Single Review
- Beauty and the Beast Fan Events to be Held Across the Country
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