It's a tale as old as time: #Disney animators have been hiding #EasterEggs in their movies undoubtedly much longer than we've been finding them. #BeautyAndTheBeast might have been a live-action remake, but that didn't stop those clever animators and designers from slipping in a few subtle nods to older Disney movies, classic musicals, and more. Check out all the live-action Beauty and the Beast Easter Eggs we've found so far, and add your own in the comments!
1. 'I Can't Remember What I've Forgotten'
In the beginning of "Belle," Belle herself bumps into the friendly townsperson Jean, who admits that he's forgotten something, he just can't remember what it is. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hermione Granger — also played by Emma Watson — is explaining the concept of Remembrall's to Neville Longbottom. Her classmate responds by saying "The only problem is I can’t remember what I’ve forgotten." Coincidence?!
Well, yes. Director Bill Condon clarified that Jean's comment is simply meant to remind the audience that the villagers once knew all about the prince and his castle, before the enchantress erased their memories. Oh well. Still counts in our books.
2. Kiss Da Girl
The live-action Beauty and the Beast decided it was time for Maurice to have a career change. Instead of being a quirky inventor, Belle's father is now a quirky artist, but his studio is still full of tiny beautiful knick knacks, and maybe even one Easter Egg from The Little Mermaid. Pay careful attention as the camera pans over the table and you'll spot a canoe with a man and woman holding hands that's reminiscent of Eric and Ariel during "Kiss The Girl."
3. Prince Ali's Ride
When Aladdin asks the Genie to make him a prince, Genie also takes the liberty of turning Abu the monkey into an elephant. Aladdin struts into Agrabah in a fancy elephant saddle. It looks like Maurice has a faberge version of the same elephant with saddle on top of his work desk.
Need a hint? The elephant is blue and gold.
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4. Red-Eyed Rhino
Just in front of the elephant is a silver rhino with red ruby eyes. His angry face and fearsome peepers call on the image of the angry cloud rhino that appears in James and the Giant Peach.
5. Aurora's Birthday Dress
When Madame Garderobe gets the chance to dress Belle, she jumps at the chance to swathe an actual real live woman in silks and satins and bows. Unfortunately, her overzealous efforts and abundance of enchanted pink ribbon seems more like Flora's first DIY effort at making a dress for Aurora, rather than what a true princess would wear.
5. Les Poissons
In "Be Our Guest," Lumière sings to Belle:
"Go on, unfold your menu..."
When she grabs the menu, take a glance and then, if you're looking hard enough, you might find a fishy Easter Egg from The Little Mermaid! What's the main course they're serving? Les Poissons! (That's the French word for cooked fish, btw) And who do we know that loves to chop and to serve little fish? Chef Maurice!
Did you notice another wink at a Broadway classic during "Be Our Guest"? Blink and you'll miss it, but Lumiere strikes a pose in a strong backlight that is so "Cell Block Tango" it couldn't be an accident.
7. The Sultan's Palace
Later on in "Be Our Guest," Cogsworth finally decides to loosen up and join in the fun. He bursts out of a palace wearing a Bollywood-style turban, but doesn't that palace behind him look familiar? It's just like the one at the center of Agrabah, in Aladdin!
8. A Culinary 'Cabaret'
Back in 1991, Lumière promised to serve with flair a culinary cabaret, but this time, Ewan McGregor hits the word with a special pizazz that harks back to Liza Minelli and Joel Grey. Even the music changes for a bar or two in a subtle homage to the show's signature, campy, percussive sound.
9. Esther Williams
Even if you're not familiar with the princess mermaid of the '40s and '50s, you had to notice the subtle nod to synchronized swimming as Mrs. Potts splished and splashed around the kitchen sink, bubblin' and brewin', before leaning back and indulging in a few beats of gorgeous, synchro bliss. Not to mention those brightly colored plumes of smoke in the grand finale that seemed straight off one of her shows.
Did you find any other Easter Eggs in 'Beauty and the Beast'? Let us know in the comments below!