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Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairy tale published as far back as the 1740s. The story has been adapted into a number of mediums including ballet, short stories, television, Broadway, and film.
- A 1971 episode of Sesame Street tells the story of "Cutie and the Beast," in which Princess Cutie falls in love with a beast. Her father, the King, gives a test to the beast before he consents to his daughter's marriage. The beast succeeds, and kisses Princess Cutie – who turns into a female beast.
- The Muppet Show spoofed the story in a similar deviation by way of a ballet called Beasty and the Beaut. As in the Sesame Street version, Lesley Ann Warren transforms after falling in love with the beast.
- The Muppet Babies episode "Beauty and the Schnoz" spoofs the title of the story with Baby Gonzo in the role of the beast.
- Telly and Bob takes turns reading Beauty and the Beast to each other in a 1993 episode of Sesame Street.
- In the book Growing Up Grouchy, it is revealed that one of Oscar the Grouch's favorite stories growing up was Beauty and the Beast.
- On Germany's Sesamstrasse, an Ernie & Bert Märchensongs subsegment was produced, spoofing the story, and even taking elements from the Disney version, like putting Wolf in the role of candelabra character Lumiere. Ernie and Bert play the parts of (a punky) Beauty and the Beast, respectively.
- Uncle Deadly tweeted that he "wanted to be in new live action Beauty and the Beast film. But they wouldn't let [him] audition for the Beauty." 
- Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for the songs that appear in the 1991 Disney film
- Kerry Butler appeared as Belle in the Disney Broadway musical
- Tim Curry played Forte in the movie "Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas"
- Nick Jonas played Chip in the Disney Broadway musical
- Suki Lopez played Belle in Believe, a Disney Cruise Lines production
- Alan Menken wrote the music for the songs that appear in the 1991 Disney film and play
- Cass Morgan was a replacement for Mrs. Potts during the Broadway run of the Broadway production
- Roscoe Orman has narrated and voiced an audio book download of the fable, as adapted by Andrew Lang
- Donny Osmond played Gaston in the Disney Broadway production
- Bernadette Peters played Angelique in the Disney sequel Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
- Christy Carlson Romano played Belle in the Disney Broadway production
- Paul Reubens played Fife in the Disney sequel Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
- Joshua Rudoy played Eric in three episodes of the television series (1987-1988)
- Susan Sarandon played the Beauty in the Faerie Tale Theatre Production
- John Tartaglia appeared in the Disney Broadway production as Lumiere
- Frank Welker played the footstool in the 1991 Disney film.