Beauty and the Beast has just arrived on home video, and with it, details on the film’s deleted scenes have emerged. It’s recently been learned that Stephen Merchant had a cameo role in the film that would have featured a joke that would have been a lot filthier than what you’d expect in typical Disney movie.
CinemaBlend is reporting that two brief scenes in the film were cut, both of which would have happened toward the end of the movie. The first would have been a scene where Le Fou (Josh Gad) runs off to the bathroom to hide, only to discover that the toilet (played by Merchant) was among the castle’s enchanted objects, at which point Le Fou starts to shout a certain expletive appropriate to the situation before the camera would cut away to a shot of him running away and screaming. The second was a scene where we’d see him as a human after the spell is lifted – he would have told Le Fou that the first thing he’d do now that he was human again would be to brush his teeth.
Honestly, it’s probably for the best that this cameo was cut. While Beauty and the Beast has been criticized for being a little too faithful to the original animated feature it’s based on, going with literal toilet humor seems like it’d be incredibly crass, gross, and out-of-place in a movie that’s fundamentally about the true elegance that people can have. Plus, it’s a rather crappy way to make use of an actor like Stephen Merchant.
Beauty and the Beast is now available on home video. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette.
The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best
Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.
Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.
I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusion. Naturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!
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