Disney Nerd: 10 facts about the live adaption of Beauty and the Beast

We are just days away until the release of Beauty and the Beast in cinemas, so to get you in the mood for an enchanted tale coming to a screen near you soon, here are 10 facts about Beauty and the Beast’s live action remake.

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Ryan Gosling was originally offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down for a role in La La Land, instead. Emma Watson, on the other hand, was offered a role in La La Land, but decided to take on the role of Belle. Nice bit of film swapsies, there.

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Disney originally weren’t too sure about making the live adaption of the film as a musical. That’s when director, Bill Condon, stepped in and said “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?” And what a relief, how could you skip some of Disney’s most iconic songs in the remake?!

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Despite the film not being released until this week, filming was completed over 18 months prior on the 27th August 2015.

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Though he now plays the role in the live action, Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original animation of Beauty and the Beast back in 1991.

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In preparation of the role of Belle, Emma Watson re-watched the original Disney release of Beauty and the Beast and began to take singing classes. Some real dedication right there.

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Disney Nerd: Walk in Belle’s footsteps and visit the locations which inspired Beauty and the Beast

Everyone is familiar with the scenery of the little town that Belle and her father, Maurice, hail from in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast but the inspiration had to come from somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll be giving you an insight of the different destinations that are said to have inspired the Beauty and the Beast Locations.

Alsace, France

Alsace is located is a region in France, the heart of Europe, with an abundance of architectural and cultural gems. It’s no surprise  that the film has links to this location with the similarities of the architecture and the lifestyle in general. Alsace stands apart from all other regions of France. The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, is home to world renowned historical heritage sites, with the Grande Lle listed as UNESCO World Heritage. For information on visiting Alsace, visit the official website.

 

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Disney Nerd: 10 of the Most Magical Disney Quotes to Print and Keep

As regular readers of this blog will be well aware, I’m an avid Disney enthusiast. I love so much about it, one being the wonderful words of Disney quotes. There’s so many inspirational, witty, thought provoking, funny and just magical ones that exist. I’ve decided to design some free print outs for you some of the most magical Disney quotes to exist. Of course, there are absolutely loads out there, but I’ve picked some (along with some suggestions from friends) to share with you.

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January Monthly Favourites 2017

One month down of 2017, 11 more to go. Despite being ill for half of January (again), I did have a few favourites that I’ve decided to share with you from the month. So, without further ado…

MAC Whirl Lipstick

I bought this quite a few months ago and loved it then, but it somehow went missing and miraculously was discovered New Years Eve, where I decided to wear it and I fell in love all over again, so it’s been my go to lipstick of the month. This matte rosy brown shade is a nod to the 90s lip trend but with slight pink tones to prevent it from being a full on brown if you feel that may be a little too daring for your taste. It’s of quite a soft and smooth consistency and not too drying. It also holds up pretty well when eating and drinking (and I did drink on NYE, despite usually being a teetotal.) I actually bought this after seeing a Tanya Burr tutorial, but apparently this is a staple product for the one and only Kylie Jenner.

Available from MAC for £15.50 

Better Than Sex Mascara


I was given this for Christmas. I’d heard a lot about it from a Make Up Facebook group I’m involved in and then when I saw Rena Lovelis apply it in a little Snapchat tutorial, her eyelashes were killing it. It was the deciding factor of jumping on the bandwagon and I am so glad I did. This really amplifies my lashes and that’s a look I’m really quite fond of. It does take a little while to dry, but if you’re patient, then this is really ideal. Once set, there is no smudging or flaking and it’s also buildable in volume and length. It’s pretty water resistant and does a fab job in curling lashes. Definitely a winner right here. Is it better than sex? Well, I’ll leave that to your own decision…

Available from Selfridges for £19.00

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Disney Nerd: Here’s what films you can expect to release in 2017

If there’s one thing any true Disnerd has to get excited over at the beginning of a new year, it’s all the upcoming Disney films on the horizon There’s been a lot in the works and here’s what you can expect throughout 2017…

Beauty and The Beast

The live action remake of one of the Disney classics has been highly anticipated since the debut announcement, even more so when ‘Harry Potter’ star, Emma Watson, was announced to take on the role of bookwork beauty Belle. The film is set to release 17th March 2017, so not too long to go.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The fifth in the PotC series will see the return of Captain Jack Sparrow as he comes face to face with deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, Captain Salazar, as they escape from the Devil’s Triangle. The film is set to be released in the US on the 26th May with international releases soon to follow.

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Blogmas Day 12: Films on TV Christmas 2016

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Can you believe it’s the last day of Blogmas?! I’ve had such an amazing time working on these blog posts and sharing them with you. I definitely think I’ll be doing the full 24 days next year.

Following from yesterday’s post, because there’s so much on over Christmas, I decided to dedicate a separate post to what films are on. So for the final post, here’s what movies you need to know about being on this Christmas.

Christmas Eve

A Christmas Carol

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Jim Carrey’s animated take on the Charles Dickens’ classic magically transports you back to the 19th Century to tell the tale of miserable old Ebenezer Scrooge and his pure hatred for the festive period. While a story many of us have come to know, it’s one you can never grow tired of, especially with the fantastic animation of this movie version.

Airs 11:30AM on BBC One 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This fantasy sequel of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ sees the Pevensie children summoned to return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian fight the dark forces of the despotic Lord Miraz.

Airs 2:15PM on BBC One

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

My favourite Disney film! The Disney 1996 animation is what made the breed so popular and well loved (and is the reason behind my huge love for them… and owner of four in my 21 years.) Join Pongo and Perdita in an extraordinary journey to find their beloved puppies after the evil Cruella De Vil captures them for her no good selfish plans involving fur fashion.

Airs 4:20PM on ITV

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November Monthly Favourites 2016

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Hard to believe this is my last monthly favourites of 2016! Next month, I’ll be doing the big annual favourites from the past 12 months. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

24 Hrs (Deluxe Edition) – Olly Murs

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Back with album number five, Olly Murs brings a whole set of songs and this time he’s getting personal, with tales to tell of his recent relationship coming to an end. The album sees Murs at his most vulnerable, really putting his feelings out on the line in the form of art. It’s no ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and definitely no ‘Troublemaker’, but Olly never likes to make two songs sound too similar. My favourite tracks are definitely ‘Flaws’, ‘You Don’t Know Love’, ‘Years and Years’ and ‘Private’, though I do adore every track. I applaud him for being so open without stabbing a knife in the back or heart of his ex.

Glory Days (Deluxe Edition) – Little Mix

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After their lead single from album four, Shout Out To My Ex, took the world by a storm, is it any surprise that Little Mix’s latest release could be considered a work of art? Little Mix change their sound with every album – no two sound the same. Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade have evolved yet again and love is very much the theme of this record. Heartbreak, romance and a sprinkle of sassy attitude, the girls have grown up and so has their music. It’s a big leap from ‘DNA’ and a whole new era from ‘Get Weird’, not to mention a different sound from ‘Salute’ – I think a lot of people would take a strong liking to this new record. My favourite songs include ‘Power’, ‘Beep Beep’, ‘Down & Dirty’ and of course ‘Shoutout To My Ex’. If you’re looking for fun, a good time and relatable lyrics, then this is the album for you.

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Disney Nerd: A gift guide for the Disnerd in your life

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It’s been so long since I’ve done a Disney Nerd post, but after roaming around the Disney Store in Cardiff and all the Christmas products out, I’ve decided to revive the series with a brand spanking new post to help you this festive season!

Christmas is rapidly approaching and while Disney is a fairly obvious choice for many young ones, it can also be great for gifts for older people, too. Because whether you agree or not, Disney is not just for kids! Walt himself even said it. So, if you have a Disnerd in your life, I have some perfect gift ideas for you and they’re all in this blog.

 

Mickey Mouse Icon Necklace – £39.00

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This beauty is from the ‘Arribas Jewelled Collection’ which features Swarovski crystals. It’s perfect for the typical Disney classic fan who loves a bit of jewellery in their life.

Available from the Disney Store

101 Dalmatians Glazed Mug – £6.99

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I love a good Disney mug and this one seems to be a decent size, especially for the price! 101 Dalmatians is also my favourite from Disney, so it’s no surprise that my friend bought this for me for my birthday!

Available from the Disney Store

 

Alice in Wonderland Book Print Cushion Cover – £12.95

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This isn’t officially Disney, but perfect for those who are wandering in Wonderland. I think this is a beautiful cover which I’d have in my room – that is, if my mother doesn’t nick it for herself to put in the living room!

Available from Etsy

Disney Inspired Candle Holders – £5.99 each

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These are so beautiful and I’d really love to collect all of them. There’s quite a few to choose from on the site and I really think it shows off your Disney side without it being too OTT.

Available from Etsy

Kinkade Disney Dreams Calendar 2017 – £9.99

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I bought the 2016 version of this for my mother and she loved it so much that she plans to save some of her favourite images and frame them. The artwork is simply stunning and perfect to add into the home of any Disney lover.

Available from Calendar Club

Dumbo Vintage Disney Wash Bag – £7.99

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I love vintage Disney so much! This cosmetics bag is perfect for storing make up or for a travel wash bag or even a pencil case. Whatever your recipient uses it for, it’ll be sure to look adorable.

Get it from Truffle Shuffle

ASOS Disney iPhone 6 Case – £6.00

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This saves your phone from being damaged and just looks super adorable. What’s not to love? A perfect stocking filler.

Available from ASOS

Disney Don’t Be Grumpy Be Happy Wash Bag Set – £14.99

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Ideal for the Grumpy in your life! I’ve actually been eyeing this up for my stepdad because we always get him Grumpy stuff because he kind of looks like him and he also loves bath stuff. I thought I should point out there are a ton of more Disney gifts such as this and the Dumbo bag on Truffle Shuffle – it was difficult not putting every item in this guide!

 Available from Truffle Shuffle

Disney Princess A5 Diary 2017 – £8.99

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Because there’s always someone who could pass for a Disney princess! Great for keeping your year in order and just adding a bit of Disney magic to your daily life.

Available from Calendar Club

Once Upon A Dream Novel – £7.99

Once Upon A Dream Novel

If you’ve got a bookworm in the family, this is perfect. I’ve seen a few in this series in various stores including Tesco and Waterstones. I have every intention of getting the entire collection once I track it down, but plan to start with this one as Sleeping Beauty is my favourite princess, besides Pocahontas.

Available from the Disney Store

POP! Disney Mickey Mouse – £9.71

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Funko Pop figures have proven to be fairly popular, especially with Disnerds. These pop culture pieces are the perfect ornaments which aren’t too easy to break. They come in many characters but I absolutely adore this retro Mickey. Now I know these are available in many places, including some Disney Stores, but the only link I could find is on Amazon.

Available from Amazon

Disney Traditions Winnie the Pooh Figurine – £10.99

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The Disney Traditions figurines are a classic collection and have a lot to choose from, but I cannot get over the cuteness of this Pooh Bear figure – just look at him! My mother has a cupboard in our living room dedicated to Disneyana (the name for Disney memorabilia) and has many of these. I think she’s caught wind I’ve bought her one for Christmas, though!

Available from the Disney Store 

Disney Bambi Boxed Pyjama Set – £13.00

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Primark are currently best known for their incredible Disney nightwear range and this gorgeous set is no exception. It’s boxed, which makes it the perfect present to wrap. And who doesn’t love Bambi?

Available from Primark*

What’s your favourite from this gift guide? Comment below and let me know what you think!

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*Primark currently do not sell online, but just showcase their items. 

 

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Disney Nerd: My top 10 Disney films

 

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Disney films are without a doubt my favourite films of all, but to narrow it down to a top ten has been a very difficult task for me, as a Disnerd, to accomplish. However, after a long thought (and discussion with my mother), I’ve managed to pick a top ten.  I’ve based this on the Walt Disney films and not included live actions or Disney Pixar. These are in order and took a LOT of thought, so without further ado…

10.Lady and The Tramp

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This canine love story is one that definitely pulls at my heart strings and as someone who prefers dogs over people, this is such a lovely film I enjoy curling up to watch. The soundtrack is beautiful, with ‘Bella Notte’ being my favourite song from the entire film.

9.The Aristocats

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Even if you’re a dog > cat person, it’s impossible to not love the tale of this feline family as they try and venture home to their mansion in Paris. The songs are catchy and the entire storyline is full of family friendly comedy and a plot to win you over and really make everybody want to be a cat.

8.The Lion King

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A true classic. The Lion King is a beautiful and emotional film but has the equal balance of comedy for it not to break your heart too much (Mufasa’s death anyone? Still gets me going even today.) The scenery of the film is gorgeous with the African colour scheme and beautiful wild animals. Of course, another film full of songs which will be etched in your mind for many years, including the famous ‘Circle of Life’, it’s no wonder the film inspired a Broadway/West End show.

7.Aladdin

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Starring the late Robin Williams, this is definitely one of his most finest pieces of work with the chucklesome Genie really being what makes this movie what it is. Of course, we can’t forget about the leading Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, who both share a beautiful love story, but where would a Disney film be without a splash of laughter?

6.A Goofy Movie

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To me, this film is highly underrated. A member of the classic Disney films, Goofy, takes his son Max, on a trip of a lifetime, which can only go wrong in true Goofy style. Another film with a great soundtrack full of toe-tapping hits, this film is one that any person who considers themselves a Disney fan needs to see in their lifetime.

5.Pocahontas

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I used to watch this film every Sunday at my Gran’s without fail. Differing from most Disney princess fairytales, this tells the story of Powhatan Indian princess Pocahontas and English explorer, John Smith. Coming from two different worlds who are against one another, Pocahontas and John Smith are brought together during John’s search for a New World before falling for one another. The beautiful animation really introduces a historic native culture to the world and shares the love story of the diverse love interests. Definitely a classic almost forgotten from the Disney films.

4.Beauty and the Beast

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Who couldn’t be in love with Beauty and the Beast? From the hearty characters and the well known songs, not to mention the beautiful animation by Disney. Another wonderful story which teaches that love is love and not defined by a person’s looks. Plus, how amazing is Gaston? One of the best villains going. As much as he isn’t a feminist, you just love to hate him and his selfishness.

3.Sleeping Beauty

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Another Disney princess film I adore is Sleeping Beauty. The magic and thrill of it all is so enticing and I’m absolutely in love with the three good fairies.  The fact that even though they are unaware of who the other person is, Aroura and Phillip are willing to fight for one another’s love, though it ends up they were destined to be together all along. Thank goodness they were actually going to be set up with each other the entire time, right?

2. Peter Pan

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A definite close second, the entire story of Peter Pan and the idea of Neverland has had me in awe since a little girl. A world where growing up doesn’t exist and adventure awaits is truly something I admire and long to exist. Although the music, animation and characters were what appealed to me most as a child, perhaps now at an older age where I’m becoming a young woman with many responsibilities and fear the future is the reason I truly have fallen in love with Neverland.

1. 101 Dalmatians

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Of course, having owned four dalmatians of my own, it’s no surprise that this is my number one Disney film of all time. I’ve been obsessed since I was quite literally a baby and owned more than a fair few hundred of stuffed Dalmatian toys. The thought of that many dogs actually does excite me, despite being a lot of work and for some reason unknown, the breed has always been one I’ve been most attracted to when it comes to dogs. I love to hate Cruella and following the puppies as they prove that dogs are in fact smarter than you think is such an exciting and entertaining story which I love to relive again and again.

 

What are your top 10 Disney films – are any of them mentioned above? Comment below because I love to talk Disney!

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My Bedroom Wishlist

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We’re currently in the middle of redecorating my family’s home and my bedroom is the next project we’ll be working on. I’m pretty much keeping the furniture I have now, but it’s getting a lick of paint, some rearrangements, declutter and adding a desk for my work. Essentially, it’s changing from teenage decor to young adult and just a lot more organised. I’ve been doing a bit of online window shopping and made a note of some nick nacks I’d like to get to make my room more personal.

 

Pink Peg Photo Frame

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I recently had an Instax camera for Christmas and I really want to decorate my room with the snaps I take. This frame is perfect to add some of my pictures in and hang it above my desk to admire while working. It really fits the colour theme I’m going for in my room and I just think it’s really cute and quirky in comparison to other frames.

Available from New Look for £7.99

 

Sleeping Beauty Inspired Mason Jar Character Lamp

Sleeping Beauty Lamp

I think this lamp is absolutely gorgeous. I’m a very big Disney fan and Sleeping Beauty is my favourite princess. I love that it’s handmade and not something you can just grab at your local homeware store. It’s a bit on the pricy side and something I may not get right away, but something I definitely want for my room to add my Disney Nerd personality.

Available from Etsy for £36

 

Camera Money Box

Camera Money Box

I’m a fan of photography and it was something my dad used to teach me as an ex professional. I think this is a great memoir of our times we spent together taking photos and learning so much from his wisdom and something that I can look at everyday and think about him. Plus, it’s a great place to keep spare change without looking cluttered!

Available from George @ Asda for £8.00

 

Påhttig Noticeboard

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I saw this in IKEA and it looked a lot like the design of the fabric of the chair my mother has made for my room. It’s practical for me to stick anything work-related on there and fits the colours scheme of my room really well. More than likely, I’ll be putting all my concert tickets on there.

Available from IKEA for £12

Disney Holiday Countdown Minnie Mouse Plaque

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My family and I go on Disney holidays quite regularly and I really enjoy counting down the days to our next trip, so this is a bit of fun and a reminder for how long until the big day arrives.

Available from eBay for £5.99

Acrylic Clear Make Up Case

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I have quite a bit of make up and it just really needs a place to stay besides my make up bag which is only a small thing. This is perfect to put some things on display that stay in my room but I can choose from time to time and separate from my everyday make up. Plus it looks really neat and tidy.

Available from eBay for £11.99

So, those are some things I really want in my room. There’s a lot more but I thought I’d share some with you. What’s in your bedroom? Is there anything you have your eye on?

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