ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

Spoiler Warning: This article contains one pretty big history-altering, universe-shattering spoilers for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. You've been warned.

Disney could give the Easter Bunny a run for his money when it comes to hiding colorful, clever Easter Eggs all over the place. The new live-action is no exception to that rule, hiding eggs from Disney, Harry Potter and Broadway classics in every nook and cranny. But did you catch one big, beautiful Easter Egg when Belle takes the Beast to her parents' old hovel outside Paris?

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

The Paris skyline looked a little different before the construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1887, but there's one unmistakable landmark that happens to be the star of another Disney movie in its own right. Notre Dame stands proud and regal in the Paris skyline by night, making it easy to identify even if you've never been to the French capital. And who do you think is up there ringing those bells? It's gotta be Quasimodo, right?

This isn't the first time we've seen some crossover between the two stories. Hunchback came out in 1996, five years after Beauty and the Beast. In one of the early scenes of the movie, you can actually spot Belle herself wandering through the streets of Paris! And if you look even harder, you can also see Aladdin's magic carpet and Pumbaa from The Lion King.

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' [Credit: Disney]
'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' [Credit: Disney]

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Coincidence? More like Heaven's Light.

Now, technically, is set in 1482, which is about 300 years before Beauty and the Beast. But that date seems a little hard to believe with all the historical and literary inaccuracies in the movie. For instance, you remember the part where Quasimodo's mother flings herself on the steps of Notre Dame? Small problem there. Notre Dame doesn't have steps, as Jon Green so articulately mentioned in this article from Bustle.

If the cathedral has steps in Hunchback, then maybe it's not really set in 1482 after all, but in some alternate time-lapsed Disney universe that could totally coincide with the world of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King!


What do you think? Do these four Disney movies exist in one universe?


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