Welcome visitor! Make yourself at home. This is Ardor, a small tribute dedicated to the hospitable and romatic Lumiere, of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Since I can remember, Lumiere has been one of my very favorite Disney characters. His warmth and ability to put on a show make him quite the charming fellow. It was only a matter of time before I made something for him!

This site is a one-pager, and it only covers Lumiere's appearance in Beauty and the Beast and not any of the midquels. (Though I may possibly add info from Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas at a later date.) I do hope you enjoy your visit. Please feel free to email me (see below) with any comments or questions. Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

Part of ohmydarling.org. Participant in the One Page, One Month Marathon at Amassment and The Disney/Pixar Non-Royal Event at Saturday Morning.

about the movie

Beauty and the Beast is Disney's 30th Animated Classic. It was released to theaters in the US on November 22, 1991. It is based on a French fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête, by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. It is noted for its wonderfu soundtrack, enchanting story, and being the first animated film to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

The story is about a selfish and unkind young prince who, along with his castle and its inhabitants, are cursed by an Enchantress. The prince is turned into a hideous beast, and his servants are turned into living houshold items. The Beast has until his 21st birthday to find someone to love and who will love him in return. This is where Belle, a beautiful bookworm from a provincial French town, comes in. Belle finds her way to the Beast's castle when searching for her father, Maurice, whose place she bravely takes as the Beast's prisoner. After an understandably rocky start, the Beast and Belle come to care for each other, with the Beast realizing he loves her. After an epic battle between the villagers and the castle residents, and just before the last petal on the Beast's enchanted rose falls, Belle confesses her love to him. He is turned back into his human self, and so are his servants. The castle loses its dark appearance, and in the beautiful ballroom, Belle and the Prince dance as happy onlookers watch.

meet lumiere

Lumiere is a supporting character in Beauty and the Beast. He is a resident of the Beast's castle and as such, fell under the curse along with all the other residents. Lumiere, as we see when he is returned to his human form, is an adult male. In his cursed form he is a candelabra, a fitting item for someone as romantic and welcoming as Lumiere is. (This is discussed further in a following section.) He bickers but is good friends with the clock Cogsworth, and is romantically involved with the featherduster Fifi. Lumiere is a charming and outgoing presence, especially in the doom and gloom of the cursed castle. He is also a wonderful singer, and performs with great gusto "Be Our Guest" to the new castle inhabitant Belle. In a cast of colorfu characters, Lumiere really shines.

the voice

Jerry Orbach provides the voice, both speaking and singing, for Lumiere. The late, great Mr. Orbach was born on October 20, 1935 and passed away December 28, 2004. He was born in The Bronx, NYC, to Emily and Leon Orbach. He was a well-known actor, famous for his roles in Dirty Dancing as Baby's father and as Detective Lennie Briscoe on the long-running crime drama Law and Order. However, he actually got his acting career off to a start on Broadway, having appeared in many plays and being the first person to play the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago. Additionally, he appeared on some game shows as a celebrity panelist.

I love Mr. Orbach's performance as Lumiere. He did a stunning job, both speaking with a French accent and singing. He provides the charm and romanticism that Lumiere is famous for. Mr. Orbach returned to the role of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World.

character

Lumiere is very hospitable. When a stranger enters the castle, he has no qualms about inviting them in and helping them feel at home. It's just in his nature. And he is not just concerned with welcoming women - which one might expect due to the curse - as we see from the way he treats Maurice. Possibly the biggest indicator of his hospitality is his song, "Be Our Guest". The title alone is an invitation!

Another and quite obvious trait of Lumiere's is his romanticism. Possibly because he is French (although so are Beast and Cogsworth, I would assume) or maybe that is all Lumiere. Either way, he's quite the charmer and knows how to treat women. He is very flirtatious with his love, Fifi. And he greets Belle by kissing her hand (repeatedly, I might add). He also seems to know a lot about the fairer sex, as he is good at teaching the Beast how to treat Belle and try to win her heart.

Lumiere is also carefree. What might be considered a bad idea by others, such as inviting guests inside, Lumiere shows no hesitation in doing. He may not be totally immune to his master's temper, but Lumiere only seems to show fear when the Beast is there. He is not one to worry about what might happen in the future. He also is very willing to let loose, dancing and singing at the drop of hat. A lot of these qualities are what make him a counter to Cogsworth, but they are definitely a part of who Lumiere is as an individual.

why a candelabra?

Here I'd like to discuss why I think Lumiere was turned into a candelabra. It seems that the residents are turned into objects that match their personalities; Mrs. Potts is warm and comforting, like tea, and Cogsworth can be nagging, just as clocks nag you with the constant reminder of time passing by. Did I just get deep there? I believe Lumiere was turned into a candelabra because candles are synonymous with romance. When one thinks of candles, you may picture a single lit candle on a small table where a couple is eating dinner. Or perhaps many candles lit around a bathtub for a romantic escape. Another reason I think the candelabra was chosen for Lumiere is because he is something of a "guiding light", and not just literally. He helps the Beast to become more of a gentleman to try and win Belle's heart. He remembers Belle's excitement at the mention of the library, and he lets the Beast know about this when the latter wants to do something special for Belle. He even does use his light to guide Belle to her father in the castle prison. All in all, I think the candelabra is the perfect representation of who Lumiere is - a romantic and warm individual who helps others by shedding some light on them.

friends and lover

Cogsworth

Lumiere and Cogsworth are a hilarious pair, and despite their quabbles and differing personalities, they are genuine friends. Lumiere, being the carefree one, can get annoyed by Cogsworth's nervous and pushy attitude. He will not hesitate to burn or mimick him. But they do share a common goal in getting their master, the Beast, to be more gentle and win over Belle's heart. They work together in this way. And though he may find himself frustrated with Lumiere's jovial manner, Cogsworth really comes through for the canelabra by saving him from Le Fou during the castle battle. Though the two are bickering at the end of the film, when they are human again, it's just indicative of their "odd couple"-like relationship. Truly, they are camarades.

Beast

When you consider the Beast's intial poor temperament, he and Lumiere have a good relationship. Beast can be quite fearsome and is definitely intimidating, and while Lumiere can be seen acting accordingly to this, he can still be firm and commanding with the Beast when need be. He, like Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, helps Beast in his effort to win Belle's heart. After he learns to love and has gained another's love, Beast is quick to embrace Lumiere when they all return to their human forms.

Fifi

Fifi is a castle maid who has been fittingly turned into a feather duster. She is obviously the object of Lumiere's affection, as the two are seen fooling around behind a curtain. Fifi also makes the telling statement, "I have been burned by you before!" Lumiere gets to be a knight in shining armor for Fifi when he saves her from one of the villagers, who is plucking her feathers out. When the curse is lifted and everyone is back to their true selves, Fifi walks by Lumiere and playfully dusts him, but Lumiere is stopped from pursuing her by Cogsworth. However, we can see that Lumiere and Fifi are standing together arm-in-arm as they and everyone else watch Belle and the Prince dance at the movie's end.

find him at disney world!

Maybe because I just visited Disney World for the first time last year, but this idea somehow popped into my head. I thought it might be fun to note the places you can find or see Lumiere in Disney World. I may not have caught all of them, but here are a few!

Bonjour! Village Gifts in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom is full of BatB themed goodies, including mugs, shirts, and figures. On my visit they had a beautiful figure of Lumiere, which was a pretty good size. If I recall correctly, Lumiere's flames lit up. (But don't quote me on that.)
• As "Be Our Guest" is one of the songs featured in Mickey's PhilharMagic, a 4D film attraction located in Magic Kingdom, Lumiere obviously makes an appearance here. The film is incredibly fun and captivating, so I really recommend it. Not just for Lumiere, but he's a good reason, too!
• In Hollywood Studios, there is Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. Lumiere makes an appearance here, as an actor in costume. The show is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves the movie. The costumes for Lumiere and the other enchanted objects, as well as Beast, are very well done.
• It's not Lumiere himself, but you actually can try "the grey stuff" at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom. I unfortunately did not get any, so I don't know how it is or what it tastes like. But I do like to think it is delicious. ;)

about the site

Ardor was opened on September 01, 2015. The idea of a Lumiere site had been on my mind for a long time, and I finally bit the bullet and made it! I was definitely motivated by Amassment's One Page, One Month Marathon and Cherri's Disney/Pixar Non-Royal Event. The layout was coded in Notepad and designed in PSP9. Credit for resources used can be found here. The name, "Ardor", is defined as great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion or burning heat. I think all of those describe Lumiere perfectly, and the latter one applies to him quite literally.

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