We’re back today with more beloved Disney stories influenced by France and its culture! Our Ambassadors already talked about the French roots for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Aristocats. Now let’s touch on three more Disney favorites.
Beauty and the Beast
The inspiration for Beauty and the Beast (1991) – the first animated feature film nominated for an Oscar® for Best Picture – is from a fairytale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont published in 1757. We follow Belle, a young lady with imagination and a passion for books who rejects the advances of Gaston. Following the misadventures of her father Maurice, she saves him by accepting to stay confined in a castle where appearances aren’t what they seem.
This beloved story remains a success at Disney Parks, with experiences in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, a brand-new attraction in development at Tokyo Disney Resort and one of the movie’s famous scenes depicted in the attraction Le Pays des Contes de Fées at Disneyland Paris.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The city of Paris and its Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are the stars of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), taking its inspiration from Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris. The Disney classic takes viewers to 1482 where hunchback Quasimodo lives isolated in the famous cathedral until his life changes considerably which results in the future of Paris depending on him and his friends.
For Disneyland Paris’s 5th Anniversary in 1997, Sleeping Beauty Castle was entirely transformed and the streets of Disneyland Park became one big festival thanks to the Hunchback of Notre Dame Carnival of Fools Parade.
And of course, Ratatouille (2007) is also set in Paris, perhaps the film where you can admire this city the most! A little rat named Rémy finds a new home at the kitchen of Gusteau’s, a large Parisian restaurant. If you like French cuisine, you’re in for a treat!
Rémy and his friends continue to surprise young and old at Disneyland Paris thanks to La Place de Rémy, inaugurated in 2014 at Walt Disney Studios Park, with the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, restaurant Bistrot Chez Rémy and shop Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris.