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What better way to celebrate the new Beauty and the Beast trailer, than to revisit the original movie?

If you haven't yet heard about the new movie, then you're not one of the 100+ million people who have seen this:

Now you've seen it! Welcome to the club!

As anyone with kiddos knows, the original animated movie has been a pretty big part of our house for the last 8 years. That, along with mermaids, ice queens, warriors, long-haired maidens, red-haired sharpshooters, street rats, frogs and maleficent queens.

We who are the special ones can close our eyes, and hear all the voices, all the songs, all the times the beast screamed without having actually watched the movie for months.

About all those voices; you'd be surprised to find out which actors and actresses almost voiced Cogsworth, Belle, and some of your other favorite characters. What's even neater (is that a word?) is their connections to Disney. Even though they weren't a part of Beauty and the Beast, they all still have Disney in common!


Did you know that the part of Cogsworth was actually written for John Cleese, of Monty Python fame? He turned it down, and so did Patrick Stewart, because of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

So this voice:

Could have sounded like this...

...or this!

Patrick Stewart, along with X-Men and Star Trek fame, has his own little Disney connections. He voiced The Great Prince in Bambi II-

He was also the pipes behind Mr. Woolensworth from Chicken Little-

Want to hear even more wackiness about Patrick Stewart? Since he's been so busy acting for, oh, a gazillion years, he's had to turn down other voice roles like King Triton from The Little Mermaid, Zazu from The Lion King, Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas, and Zeus in Hercules!

John Cleese has appeared on or had voice parts in The Muppet Show, Mickey Mouse Works, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Valiant, and was Bulldog in Planes!

David Ogden Stiers ended up voicing Cogsworth in the original-

Who will be our new Cogsworth in the 2017 film?

Sir Ian McKellen!

The Beast

Mandy Patinkin

Did you also know that Mandy, famous for playing the part of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (that's a princess movie, right?), was considered for the part of the beast?

Tim Curry

The man behind Pennywise the Clown may have not gotten the part of the beast, but he was in just a few Disney movies and TV series...even a Disney video game!

From the Disney Wikia page:

i ain't typin all that!
i ain't typin all that!

Val Kilmer

Val didn't get the part in B & the B, but he was the voice of Bravo, in Planes, from above the world of Cars.

Regis Philbin

Famous for playing himself and voicing himself in pretty much everything, Regis auditioned for the role of the beast. He has the Hercules animated series on his resume, voicing Typhon, and also got it...himself in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, in the episode named “Drowsy.”

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne auditioned for the beast too; he starred as himself in “Hostile Makeover,” the second episode of the first season of The Muppets)

The beast will be played by Downton Abbey's Dan Steven this time-

But Robby Benson played Prince Adam last time 'round-

Mrs. Potts

Emma Thompson will be our new Mrs. Potts-

But in the original 1991 movie, even though Angela Lansbury voiced the little teapot short and stout...

...Julie Andrews almost got the part!

She actually got the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing Mary Poppins in...well you know. She was also Queen Clarisse in both Princess Diaries, and was the narrator in Enchanted!


It turns out, Disney originally wanted Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel and not related to Robby “The Beast” Benson, to voice Belle. That might have been a little confusing to us parents 20 years down the road...we'd start singing about whozits and whatzits when our kids were singing about a tale as old as time!

Paige O'Hara was the voice of the original Belle-

And the live action Belle will be played by a young lady who needs no introduction!

Be the theater's guest on March 17, 2017!


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