1. Walt Disney himself tried to adapt the story twice but failed, as the story was too dark to adapt.
2. The second attempt to adapt the story ended up in dark and songless (it actually had prostitution implied) storyboards.
There also other ideas that were cut for the same reason, like the Beast dragging a carcass or Gaston visiting the asylum instead of having the asylum's owner come to him.
3. Some ideas, including the idea of a suitor, came from Jean Cocteau's movie La Belle et la Bête
4. The stain glass introduction came from the desire of breaking the ''Opening Book Intro'' idea of other princesse's movies like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
5. Before the idea of the stain glass intro, there was a sequence of the sorceress going after the prince, acidentaly turning his servants into objects in the process. Then she would leave, watching the prince screaming for her to turn him back.
6. Howard Ashman, who influenced the story greatly and wrote several songs for it, was gay and died of AIDS a few days after the first screening. The producers left the screening earlier because they received a call saying he was dying. In the end of the movie the following dedication can be seen:
To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.
Howard Ashman 1950–1991
7. Speaking of first screening! On that day, only 70% of the movie was completed (the rest was shown through storyboards and rought animations) but that didn't stop it from receving a ten minute standing ovation in the end.
8. ''Be Our Guest'' was initially going to be a song for Maurice, Belle's father, but they ended up changing that because the song was too good.
9. The windows and eyes have simbolical meanings, as both as seen as a way to look into someone's soul.
10. The only characters in the movie that have blue in their clothes are Belle and the Beast, simbolizing their status as outsiders.
11. Throughtout the movie, the Beast starts wearing more clothing, representing that he's becoming more human.
12. Belle's movements were modeled after a balerina. That's why she looks so delicate.
13. Chip, the adorable tea cup, was originaly a music box that comunicated throught music.
14. All the statues of monsters we see in the castle are original designs for the Beast.
15. They had a hard time desighing Gaston's chin because they didn't want it to end up looking to too cartoonish. I say they did a good job.
16. When Gaston falls into his death, you can see skulls in his eyes. It means that he really dies, as in the original plan he fell but lived, only to be found and attacked by the wolves in the forest. The idea was scrapped for being too dark and re-used for Scar's demise in The Lion King.
17. During the Beast's ''death'', Belle's voice actress, Paige O’Hara, really cried. The crew actually stopped everything and asked if she was okay, and then Paige got out of character and said: ''Acting!''.
18. The final scene where Belle and the Beast dance is a recycling of Aurora's and Philip's final dance from ''The Sleeping Beauty'' because they were running out of time and the premiere was just a few months away.
19. No matter how much they changed the Beast's human design, people didn't like it. Some people in the crew actually wanted for him to stay as a beast! They actually ended up recording Paige O'Hara saying: ''Do you think you could grow a beard?'' for the funsies.
Bonus Fact: In the prologue it's said the rose would bloom until the prince is 21. And Lumiére in ''Be Out Guest'' says that they had been like that for ten years...
Did some random sorceress really cursed a 11 year old kid, who was probably warned about ''Stranger Danger''? Really??