Trivia Tuesday-Original Version of "Be Our Guest"
♫Yes, you're cold. Yes, you're wet, but we'll help you to forget.
You won't know outside it's storming when the silverware's performing.♫
It is not uncommon for stories to go through many changes during the animation process and Disney's Beauty and the Beast is no exception. One significant change was the placement of the song "Be Our Guest," which originally appeared earlier in the film and was actually sung to Belle's father Maurice. After a screening of the film during production, Bruce Woodside, a member of the film's story team, suggested the song should be sung to Belle since she was the film's protagonist. The group agreed and lyricist Howard Ashman rewrote parts of the song while storyboards were altered to include Belle. Performed by Jerry Orbach (Lumiere) and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) in the film, "Be Our Guest" was one of three songs from Beauty and the Beast nominated for an Academy Award in 1992 (the film's title song took home the Oscar that year).
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Throwback Thursday- Ewan McGregor announced as Lumiere
O Lumiere, Lumiere! Wherefore art thou Lumiere? I'm sure Beauty and the Beast fans were asking themselves this question repeatedly last year as they waited to hear who would be playing the beloved candelabra in the live-action film. Fans finally got the long awaited answer on April 21, 2015 when Ewan McGregor was announced as Lumiere. The Golden Globe and SAG nominated actor has discussed his role on several occasions over the last year, most notably at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and more recently with Collider. Just this week, McGregor shared that he was working with Bill Condon to record "Be Our Guest," Lumiere's rousing musical number in the film.
Check out all of Ewan McGregor's Beauty and the Beast interviews here.