Rounding up the film's success - as we've come to expect from Disney- were the ever-welcome clever references and nods. Easter Eggs in a film like #BeautyandtheBeast are exciting additions that make the experience of watching it better for fans in the know.
But how would you feel if I told you the most awesome Easter Egg was left on the cutting room floor, courtesy of #JoshGad's other beloved Disney character, Olaf? The actor offered a peculiar crossover opportunity as he plays LeFou in BatB, and was also the voice of Frozen's clumsy yet lovable snowman, Olaf.
As it turns out, that coincidence almost resulted in a (frankly awesome) Beauty and the Beast/Frozen Easter Egg.
During an interview with People, the cast was asked about cut scenes from the film. There, Gad revealed he tried to get a clever Olaf reference in during the third act:
"The Easter egg I fought for [director] Bill Condon to put in but we never did, there’s a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill. It’s a little meta but it could be great."
Hmmm... Olaf and LeFou, now that's a pairing I'd love to see. Granted, it doesn't sound like a big reference, but it would have definitely been a nice little surprise for Disney fans. So it's interesting to learn that Bill Condon did not exploit Josh Gad's #EasterEgg potential.
But it's also completely understandable. As the actor said himself, the reference would have been incredibly meta, even for Disney's standards.
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Will we ever be able to see this bit of cut footage in the Blu-ray/DVD release? Anything is possible, indicated Gad:
“Nobody guarantees us anything."
Let's just hope we're able to see it for ourselves in the near future, if only to get that added bit of fun.
Would you have liked to see the Frozen Easter Egg in Beauty and The Beast? Let me know in the comments!