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'Beauty and the Beast' fun facts: Disney reveals things you may not know

Disney's classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast" has an empowering message that true beauty comes from within. It is a tale of love and friendship in a world where good triumphs over evil.

In 1991, "Beauty and the Beast" was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture and won two Oscars (best original score and best song), three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards.

The film was the first animated feature to gross more than $100 million at the box office in its initial release and the first Disney animated feature to become a musical on Broadway, where it ran for 13 years.

Disney's 2017 live-action adaption of "Beauty and the Beast" stars Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston) as well as Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Here, secrets and fun facts from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

The ballroom design was inspired by German architecture

The ballroom floor in the Beast's castle is
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The ballroom floor in the Beast's castle is made from 12,000 square feet of faux marble and its design is based on a pattern found on the ceiling of the Benedictine Abbey in Braunau, Germany.

An abundance of candles were used on set

More than 8,700 candles (or 104,400 inches of
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More than 8,700 candles (or 104,400 inches of wax) were used as set decoration during production.

The ballroom chandeliers are based on a version from Versailles

The 10 glass chandeliers in the ballroom -
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The 10 glass chandeliers in the ballroom - each measuring 14 feet by 7 feet - are based on actual chandeliers from Versailles, which were then frosted, covered in fabric and candlelit.

A large amount of flowers were purchased during production

Approximately 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased
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Approximately 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased during production for use as research or set decoration.

The enchanted forest took 15 weeks to complete

The enchanted forest, which surrounds the Beast's castle
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The enchanted forest, which surrounds the Beast's castle and features real trees, hedges, a frozen lake and 20,000 icicles, took 15 weeks to complete.

Many feet of satin organza was used to create Belle's dress

Approximately 180 feet of feather-light satin organza were
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Approximately 180 feet of feather-light satin organza were used to create Belle's yellow dress.

Belle's dress took more than 12,000 hours to create

The dress, which required 3,000 feet of thread
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The dress, which required 3,000 feet of thread and took more than 12,000 hours to create, was accentuated with 2,160 Swarovski crystals.

Costumes were made from fair-trade fabrics

During production, the costume department challenged itself to
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During production, the costume department challenged itself to design and create ethical and sustainable costumes made from fair-trade fabrics (meaning the use of organic materials from suppliers that pay their employees a fair wage and are considerate of the environment), which they achieved.

The costume department used eco-friendly materials

Working in tandem with Eco Age and the
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Working in tandem with Eco Age and the Green Carpet Challenge, the department used natural and low-impact dyes, carefully disposing of any waste water, and printed with traditional wood blocks.

More than 1,000 people worked on the film's sets

A production crew of more than 1,000 people
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A production crew of more than 1,000 people worked around the clock to design, build and decorate the film's mammoth sets.

Three different horses star in the movie

Philippe, the horse shared by Belle (Emma Watson)
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Philippe, the horse shared by Belle (Emma Watson) and Maurice (Kevin Kline), is played by three different horses, two of which had to be painted on a daily basis.

Some of the cast share the same birthday

Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke
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Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Nathan Mack (Chip) all share the same birthday, April 14, which was also the date of the cast read through.

Froufrou is a rescue dog

Froufrou (not shown), the dog belonging to Madame
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Froufrou (not shown), the dog belonging to Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), is played by Gizmo, a rescue from one of the U.K.'s oldest and most famous animal rescue centers. Pictured: Belle in the Beast's castle.

The WD monogram in the movie may have a double meaning

The coat of arms in the Beast's castle
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The coat of arms in the Beast's castle is a lion and a boar with a WD monogram (the WD is meant to represent a fictional character, William Devereaux, but could also stand for Walt Disney).

Some of the original lyrics were added to the new film

Some of the original lyrics written by Howard
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Some of the original lyrics written by Howard Ashman for the songs "Gaston" and "Beauty and the Beast" that were not used in the animated film have been added to the live-action adaptation.

A Jean Cocteau film was an inspiration for Bill Condon

The lend-a-hand lights on the terrace and staircase
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The lend-a-hand lights on the terrace and staircase in the Beast's castle and the rose colonnade on the castle grounds are an homage to Jean Cocteau's 1946 avant garde film "La Belle et le Bête," which was a source of inspiration for director Bill Condon. Pictured: Lumiere, voiced by Ewan McGregor.

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