The mind-boggling cost of Be Our Guest scene
THE new live action remake of Beauty and the Beast is set to smash box office records and make more than $200 million in its opening week which can only mean one thing - Disney is breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Disney's most recent adaptation became a bit of a gamble for the company after it was revealed one four minute scene cost them more than what a studio usually allocates for an entire movie.
While Beauty and the Beast is packed full of memorable tunes and stunning dance numbers, there was always one scene that was going to have the highest of expectations - when Lumiere sings Be Our Guest.
And, just like in the original 1991 animated movie, Be Our Guest was the pivotal scene of the Emma Watson-led remake full of colourful dishes and sparkling cutlery dancing across tables.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly,the movie's director Bill Condon described how the scene was made telling the publication there was no expense spared.
"It's a four-minute number that cost more than Mr. Holmes' entire budget," the director said, referring to his 2015 film about the retired detective Sherlock.
"It's taken over a year to put it together - and obviously, six months before that to plan it. I would guess that it is pretty far up there in terms of the most intricate and elaborate musical numbers ever shot," he added.
The team behind the iconic scene included visual effects producer Steve Gaub who explained their plan of attack.
"They approached it as though they were going to put on a stage number on a Broadway stage," Gaub said.
"If you couldn't imagine it [like that], then we weren't doing it quite right, you know?"
Gaub also revealed the difficulties the movie's team of animators faced.
"You'd give an animator a four-limbed dancer and say, 'Okay, now make that knife do that,'" he said.
After they'd choreographed the extensive routine, the team then shot footage of real plates and silverware to understand the way the light would hit each object.
The incredible planning (and bottomless budget) resulted in a four minute musical number that rarely relied on CGI and has set the precedent for live-action remakes.
Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday.