Disney’s 1991 film Beauty and the Beast is a beloved classic — but there’s a lot of history and strange facts surrounding the animated feature, which is based on an old traditional French fairytale that’s been explored in a number of movies, books, musicals, TV shows and plays over the years. Disney took several decades trying to crack its family-friendly, animated movie, which became the first animated film ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The studio re-booted the film with a live-action version starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in 2017. For those of you Disney fans, here are 14 things that you didn’t know about Beauty and the Beast.
14. Belle Reads A Scandalous Book In The Movie
In the movie, Belle is seen reading The Dream of a Woman by Remy de Gourmont — a book that’s not exactly G-rated! The book tells of an affair and perhaps a romance between two female friends. At the time it was published, it was seen as an unimportant book, but one that might arouse interest because of its tawdry plots. At Walt Disney World, you can see a copy of this book on the table in Maurice’s cottage in Belle’s Village in the New Fantasyland section of the theme park.
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