Like many of you, we’re kind of geeking out right now after watching the first full-length trailer for Disney‘s live-action Beauty and the Beast.

You’ve seen it right? If you haven’t, watch it this very second and tell us you aren’t incredibly hype for the release of this film.

With this brand new trailer falling into our lives, we haven’t been able to get this Disney movie off our brains.

Our minds were blown when we discovered these 11 surprising facts about the animated masterpiece. Did you know all these things about the movie? Keep scrolling to find out.

Beauty and the Beast ballroom dance scene

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)


1. It was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars in 1992. We’re still bitter it didn’t win.

2. The Beast’s real name is Adam, but it’s never actually mentioned in the film. He’s only referred to as “The Beast” or “The Prince.”

Prince Adam after his transformatin from beast to prince in Beauty and the Beast

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)

3. Belle‘s characterization was inspired by Katherine Hepburn’s performance of Jo March in the 1933 film Little Women. Animators also based her movements off of ballerinas.

4. She’s the second Disney Princess that’s not descended from royalty. The first princess was Cinderella.

5. The adorable teacup Chip was originally supposed to be a music box who only had one line in the film. The producers loved Bradley Pierce, the voice of Chip, so much that they expanded his role.

Chip from Beauty and the Beast

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)

6. When the film was released in Chinese, martial artist and actor Jackie Chan dubbed the Beast’s speaking and singing voice.

7. The sculptures you see when Belle is first roaming around the castle are early versions of what the Beast could’ve looked like.

Beauty and the Beast castle sculptures

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)

8. The final scene of the film where Belle and Prince Adam are dancing is actually reused animation from Sleeping Beauty of Aurora and Prince Phillip’s ballroom dance. Sneaky, sneaky!

Beauty and the Beast ballroom finale scene

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)

9. Angela Lansbury, the voice of the sweet Mrs. Potts, recorded the song “Beauty and the Beast” in just one take.

10. Belle is the only person in her village who wears the color blue. This was done to show just how much she stood out from everyone else.

Belle walking in her village in Beauty and the Beast

(Beauty and the Beast via Walt Disney Pictures)

11. It was the first Disney film to be turned into a Broadway musical. As of 2010, it’s the seventh longest-running show on Broadway.


As a bonus fun fact, we’re going to reveal HERE the beauty products Belle and our other fave Disney Princesses would use IRL!