Ewan McGregor performed Lumiere's dances in motion-capture but was too embarrassed about the suit, so he could only film if he was completely alone with the filming crew.
In this version, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice because Emma Watson wanted Belle to have a more convincing backstory to explain why she is treated differently by the other villagers. Emma and the production team even joked Belle invented the washing machine so Belle could read while the clothes are being washed.
Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original Beauty and the Beast only to accept the role this time.
Ryan Gosling was offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down to appear in _La La Land. _while Emma Watson was offered Emma Stone's role in La La Land but turned it down to play Belle. Ryan and Emma W., a love lost in the wind.
Most of the characters are noticeably different in than their 1991 counterparts. Lumiere is a hybrid between a human and a candelabra, Mrs. Potts's face is on one side of a teapot instead at the spout, Maurice is much older looking, and the Beast has ram-like horns.
Belle's ballgown required 3,000 feet of thread and over 12,000 designer hours to complete. It is accentuated with 2,160 Swarovski crystals.
Ewan McGregor says the hardest part of playing Lumiere was the French accent. Although his wife of twenty years is French, he said his voice ended up sounding Mexican instead of French, so he had to redo his dialogue after filming had completed.
The coat rack Chappeau is an original character created for the film, named for the hat shop "Chapeau" from the animated version.
The Beast was originally meant to wear prosthetic make-up designed by Dave and Lou Elsey, however in post-production a chance was made to recreate the Beast's face with CGI instead. The final look is Dan Stevens in a body suit created by the Elseys but a digital face, despite director Bill Condon's desire to have the Beast be entirely created by makeup.
In the animated version, during the song "Be Our Guest", Lumiere sings "for 10 years we've been rusting", which means the prince would have been eleven at the time of the curse. In 2017 this was changed to"for too long we've been rusting" so the Beast's backstory could be altered.
Emma Watson wanted Belle to wear boots instead of black flats since, as an inventor, Belle never would have worn such flimsy footwear. Similarly, Belle's hair in this version is mostly worn in a messy bun rather than a ponytail.
According to Emma Watson, when her character Belle had to be intentionally struck in the face by a snowball, the whole sequence required numerous attempts until a good hit was accomplished. In the end, Emma had to keep moving her face into the line of fire in order to increase the chances of a direct hit.
In the original fairy tale, Belle's father is caught by the Beast when he tries to steal one of the Beast's roses for his daughter. To make Belle's offer to trade places with her father more logical, the screenwriters changed the plot from the animated version to this one.
At $160 million, this is the most expensive musical ever made, unadjusted for inflation.
During Belle and Beast's waltz, the letters WD can be seen in the coat of arms design on the floor as a nod to Walt Disney.
Alan Menken, who scored the animated version, returned to score this remake and included new songs rather than including the four songs that only appear in the stage version.
When Maurice first enters the castle, he takes a second glance at the sconce holding up a lantern, as it resembles a human arm. This is a nod to the 1946 French film version, where the halls of the castle are lit by human arms holding up candelabras.
During the final battle, LeFou mockingly suggests Mrs. Potts is Chip's grandmother. This is an inside joke alluding to the popular complaint among fans that the human version of Mrs. Potts in the animated film looks too old to plausibly be Chip's mother.
Disney wasn't sure if they wanted to do the adaptation as a musical until director Bill Condon spoke up and said, "With all due respect, I think you're crazy. The songs are too good. You're going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action Beauty and the Beast and not do 'Be Our Guest'?"
As an homage to the scene in animated sequel Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas where Belle is transported into a book she reads, the Beast uses a book to transport Belle to Paris.
The song "Gaston" has new lyrics that were written by the late Howard Ashman, but never made the final cut of the 1991 film. As a result, the song is slightly longer and is more mature themed.
Beauty and the Beast is the fifth Disney live-action fairy tale themed musical, after Cinderella, Enchanted, __Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins, but this is the first live-action adaptation of animated film to be similarly treated as a musical.
Emma Watson, Emma Thompson who plays Mrs. Potts, Nathan Mack who plays Chip, and Luke Evans who plays Gaston all share the same birthday (April 15) which was coincidentally the first cast read through.
Le Fou is Disney's first openly gay character in a feature-length film.