G | | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.
All of the dialogue spoken by Tony Jay (Monsieur D'Arque) heard in this movie was recorded during his audition. He gave two readings. The reading heard in this movie was using what Jay called his "Masterpiece Theater voice". This brief role led to him being cast as Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), another movie directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and set in France, as well as featuring David Ogden Stiers in the cast.
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and ...
In the "Belle" number, LeFou can be seen carrying a bundle of pelts, one of which has the gray and black ringed tail of a raccoon. But the film is set in France, and raccoons are indigenous to North America.
The end credits conclude with the dedication message that reads "To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)"
A different version of the "Work-In-Progress Edition", mentioned above, was released on VHS in a special box set. It features all the scenes from the final movie but doesn't include the alternate version of "Be Our Guest." The tape does include a making-of documentary and a short sequence illustrating step-by-step how the film was animated. This is the "Work-In-Progress Edition" that is available on DVD.
$162,146 17 November 1991