This tale truly is as old as time, with the earliest known Beauty & the Beast work being Italian author Giovan Straparalo in 1550. Disney’s adaptation in 1991 took nearly four years to produce with the full time help of over 600 animators, artists, and technicians, over 226,000 individually painted cels and over one million drawings. Beauty and the Beast pioneered combining traditional animation with computer animation scenes together to create new visuals of grandeur for the audience. The ballroom sequence was a defining moment, featuring the first computer-generated color background to be both animated and fully dimensional, creating a more dramatic effect.
Fun Fact: Belle is the only person in her village who wears blue, which is meant to symbolize how different she is from everyone else.