Fans of Disney's Beauty and The Beast know that one of the most popular numbers from the film is "Be Our Guest", and with good reason. The number is catchy, sure, but the visual of all the household items dancing around and singing is a sight to behold, even all these years later.
To bring that successfully to the big screen, there has to be extensive visual effects work, and Director Bill Condon can't wait for people to see what they've accomplished (via OhMyDisney).
"I can't wait for people to see [the household staff moving] and I can't wait to hear people's reactions. But I have to say the first moment of excitement is, you know, builds on the teaser that's been out there before, [Belle] kind of holds Lumiere out to see the Beast's face for the very first time. Pretty fun."
The original animated film came out in 1991, and technology has come quite far since then. Condon describes how the team has used that technology in the film, and how creative the visuals are.
"Technology has allowed us to create photoreal teacups that speak, candlesticks that can sing and dance—that part, it couldn't have been made until now, and that's what's exciting about it. I have to say, it reminds me of—I grew up on Disney and it was always the wow factor was always such a huge factor, [Disney filmmakers] always seemed to be in the forefront back then doing things you couldn't imagine, and now, maybe since then, thing like Star Wars have kind of taken over. But I do think this has the same thing—some of the stuff we're doing here just hasn't ever been seen before, and I can't wait for people to continue to get a taste of it."
That technology came in handy when the team set out to bring the "Be Our Guest" number to life, but even with a sizable budget and impressive technology, the post-production team had a tough job ahead of them.
"So much of [the movie] had to be imagined," Condon continued. "You take the number 'Be Our Guest,' which took over a month to shoot, and half a year to plan, and a year to finish. But that's a number, except for Emma, no ones there. It's first created in a computer and then [special effects teams] bring it into reality, but yeah, that was a real … something I've never experienced before." It took a year to finish the "Be Our Guest" scene, people, Chills.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
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