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.
- 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
- 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.