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Beauty and the Beast was originally a French fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740. An abridgement was published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves, with an English ...


It would at least be 1800 as the matches that Lumiere uses in be our guest were not invented until that time period.


In the Disney movie, the Eiffel tower is shown (during the song "Be our guest"), however construction of the Eiffel tower wasn't until the late 1880s, so it could have been set around then (or else it's sloppy work by Disney).


So far I have the following named servents: Lumière Cogsworth Mrs. Potts Chip Potts Babette The Wardrobe Chef Bouche From Beauty and the Beast Forte Fife Angelique From Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Webster Crane LePlume Possibly Witherspoon though he could just be a pigeon From Belle's Magical World For the non-named objects ...


In his tour Cogsworth refers to both the baroque period (1585-1700ish) and rococo period (1700-1770ish), and based on the costumes and hairstyles it could be as early as 1730 or as late as 1870 (excluding about 1780-1830). Factoring in the technology, 1840-1860 is the most likely answer. The fact that the beast is called a prince is questionable, but he ...


If you discount magical musical production numbers showing yet to be built iron work towers as evidence and only look at technology in use, clothing styles, and political sensibilities it very easy to realize it is set late 1790s up to early 1800s. steam powered machines exist they are pretty rare and mostly used in factories but the whole piston mess ...

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