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A Popular Disney Fan Theory Has Been Officially Debunked

RIP.

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And one that sounds an awful lot like the plot of another Disney animated classic...

Gary Trousdale, the director of Beauty and the Beast, spoke to BuzzFeed at a 25th anniversary screening of the film Monday night. "I think Howard's [Ashman, the lyricist] idea was that the prince in disguise was an allusion to the Beast."

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"And the story that she’s reading, you can see — certainly debunking this Aladdin theory a bit further — there’s a brief bit when she’s sitting on the fountain and the sheep come and eat the page out of [the book], you don’t see any Arabic or anything. It’s a very pastoral, European setting."