As soon as the first teaser trailer appeared for Bill Condon's live action Beauty And The Beast remake landed and captivated pretty much the entire world, it became very obvious that it knew its roots. There were scenes that felt torn out of the animated version from 1991, and the entire thing feels like a loving tribute to Disney's finest animated classic.
But the references aren't limited to the seminal cartoon feature: Condon has crafted a beautiful, heart-warming tale as old as time that embraces its place in the musical film genre, with nods to the masters and the master-pieces. And beyond that, there are references to some of the stars and other Disney films.
Just as watching Belle and Beast's romance unfold once more in a new genre is completely spell-binding - and well worth the billion dollars it will definitely make at the box office - spotting those loving references, in-jokes and Easter Eggs iadds a whole new level of enjoyment, and more excuses to watch again. As if you need any.
According to Josh Gad, in an interview with People, there was almost an Easter Egg referencing his previous famous Disney role, as Olaf the snowman in Frozen, but ultimately it didn't make it into the film...
The Easter egg I fought for [director] Bill Condon to put in but we never did, there’s a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill. It’s a little meta but it could be great.