Adam is not a Disney Prince. At least not yet and not in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Many a passionate Disney geek can attest to the fact that despite the popular fan assumption, the name “Adam” is NOT the name for the titular creature in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
In the original 1992 animated classic, he is always referred to as either “the Beast” (by everyone including Belle) or as “Master” by all the servants. He was never given an official name in the film or in the credits.
Unfortunately, closure on the matter of the royal name will not come later this month when the live-action reboot opens nationwide in theaters. It was confirmed recently during a press conference that the character will continue to be addressed without ever using his actual name.
Emma Watson mused that she called Beast actor actor Dan Stevens “Beastie” while on the set.
So where exactly did “Adam” come from?
All signs of the origin of the rumor point back to an old CD-ROM game for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in which the game creators opted to give the beast the name “Adam.” Creators for the film and animators involved in the project would all later refute the point saying that the character was never officially given a name. This has also been Disney’s stance in official communications.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award®winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST enchants theaters on March 17, 2017.