The StoryLuminous Lumiere, the enchanted candelabra, leads a show stopping performance to accompany Belle's dinner.The ArtworkOne of the twists the Beauty and the Beast animation team brought to this classic tale was something that Disney has always done well - the addition of friendly "sidekicks" for the story's hero. In this case, the enchanted household objects - Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts - are protectors, friends, and familiars who bring musical and comic relief to Belle's distressing situation as a reluctant guest in the Beast's gloomy castle.Whether he's touting the delights of a good French dinner or lustfully pursuing a lady feather duster, Lumiere displays a deep appreciation for the sensual pleasures in life. His zesty personality contrasts with that of his usual comic partner in the film, the reserved and cautious Cogsworth. As a human, Lumiere was the Beast's butler and the head of the household servants. Referring to the challenges of giving life to an inanimate object, Lumiere's supervising animator, Nik Ranieri, has said, "I had a lot of freedom in animating the character because no one really knows how an enchanted object moves."The Walt Disney Studios has created this character image using the fine art screen-printing process of color reproduction known as serigraphy. Disney artists, working from original
animation drawings and film reference materials used for the production of Beauty and the Beast (1991), specially created a hand-inked, hand-painted animation cel
master which was used as a reference in the production of these sericels. A total of 13 colors were then used to recreate the color image, each of which has been exactingly screen-printed, one color at a time, onto the acetate cel.