Beauty and the Beast “Gaston” (1991)

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You would have a very hard time convincing me that there is a Disney character more narcissistic and conceited than Gaston. I mean seriously, this guy is convinced that he is absolute perfection, God’s gift to women, etc. The other townspeople certainly don’t need any convincing of this “fact.” Therefore, Gaston can probably (maybe) be forgiven for presuming that Belle would agree to marry him without any argument whatsoever.

Yes, I said marry. Gaston has decided to completely skip courting Belle and is just going to ask her to marry him (and then hold the ceremony immediately afterward), what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

What Gaston can’t fathom is that the idea of being a housewife, raising a large brood of kids and doing whatever a boorish husband demands is the LAST thing Belle wants to do with her life. So needless to say, the proposal goes badly (Gaston ends up face first in a mud hole). But rather than accept this rejection, Gaston won’t take no for an answer, he MUST have Belle, it doesn’t matter what she thinks!

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Despite this proclamation, Gaston is depressed that Belle said “no” to him, and while Belle is adjusting to life in the castle, Gaston is brooding in the tavern while Le Fou tries to cheer him up. This is the setting for “Gaston”, one of the crazier songs of the Disney Renaissance.

Gosh, it disturbs me to see you, Gaston
Looking so down in the dumps
Every guy here’d love to be you, Gaston
Even when taking your lumps
There’s no man in town as admired as you
You’re everyone’s favorite guy
Everyone’s awed and inspired by you
And it’s not very hard to see why!

No one’s slick as Gaston
No one’s quick as Gaston
No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston
For there’s no man in town half as manly!
Perfect, a pure paragon!
You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley
And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on!

From beginning to end, the entire song is an homage to Gaston, how amazing he is, how perfect he is, and how everyone wishes they could be him!

No one’s been like Gaston
A king pin like Gaston
No one’s got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
As a specimen, yes, I’m intimidating!
My what a guy, that Gaston!
Give five “hurrahs!” Give twelve “hip-hips!”
Gaston is the best and the rest is all drips!

No one fights like Gaston
Douses lights like Gaston
In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!
For there’s no one as burly and brawny
As you see, I’ve got biceps to spare
Not a bit of him’s scraggly or scrawny.
That’s right!
And every last inch of me’s covered with hair!

There’s actually a funny story as to how this song came together (I referenced it in Film Music 101: “Test” Lyrics ). What happened is, when the writers were putting the songs for this film together, they created fake lyrics to accompany the melody to serve as a placeholder. However, the fake lyrics for “Gaston” proved to be so catchy that the writers made the decision to keep them!

No one hits like Gaston
Matches wits like Gaston
In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston
I’m especially good at expectorating! Ptoooie!
Ten points for Gaston!

When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev’ry morning to help me get large
And now that I’m grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I’m roughly the size of a barge

No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
Then goes tromping around
Wearing boots like Gaston!
I use antlers in all of my decorating!

My what a guy, Gaston!

As it is, the song gives an enlightening view of how Gaston’s mind works. He receives constant praise from all the townspeople, which in turn feeds his massive ego. It’s amazing what the townspeople have put up with from him: Gaston knocks over the chess board when he’s about to lose; Gaston cheats in a brawl; Gaston is a bully but everyone seems to be okay with that! The song also reveals that Gaston is a hunter par excellence (this includes mounting a rabbit head and a frog head on his wall).

Beauty and the Beast “Gaston” Soundtrack Version (1991)

Except for his ego, Gaston otherwise fits the bill of a traditional Disney hero, even his singing voice is excellent. This was all planned by the Disney animators, they wanted Gaston to appear as this perfect specimen in the beginning, to contrast him with the terrible behavior of the Beast. However, as the story develops, the Beast and Gaston gradually switch roles: with the Beast becoming more “human” and Gaston becoming more and more “Beast-like.”

That’s all for Gaston for the moment (we’ll get back to him after while), next time, I’m not sure which song I’ll pick next (they’re all so good), but I’ll be back with more tomorrow! Have a great day!

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For more Beauty and the Beast, see:

Beauty and the Beast “Belle” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Belle (reprise)” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Be Our Guest” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Something There” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Human Again” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Beauty and the Beast/Tale as Old as Time” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “The Mob Song” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “The West Wing” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Battle on the Tower” (1991)

Beauty and the Beast “Transformation” (1991)

For more great Disney songs and films, check out the main page here: Disney Films & Soundtracks A-Z

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17 thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast “Gaston” (1991)

    1. Film Music Central Post author

      thanks so much, i’m glad you liked it (did you see my review of “Belle” ?) 🙂 Wow, a crush on Gaston? Even considering what he turns into by the end? That’s interesting lol, to each their own 🙂

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      1. emmakwall

        I’m just reading it now 🙂

        Gaston was a really fun read Bex and informative too. I thought YOUR description of Gaston was bang on! She’s just a weirdo haha, she has bad taste in men lol.

        You sure know your music, I wouldn’t have thought about Gaston (well, the actor who plays him!) having an operatic background but it makes sense. Everything you wrote was really interesting 🙂

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      2. Film Music Central Post author

        awww thanks *blushes* well, I only think that about the voice actor because of his singing voice in “The Mob Song” it sounds like he has a great range but he’s holding back. I was gonna say, if she likes tough guys, she should probably have a crush on Hercules lol

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      3. emmakwall

        Well you have a very good ear! 🙂

        I should tell her about Hercules lol. Knowing my luck I’d end up with Quasimodo! I quite like Prince Naveen from The Princess & the Frog because he’s a good laugh!

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  1. christinawehner

    How did I miss the rabbit and frog head mounted on his wall! Definitely looking for those next time I watch this. I so enjoyed your write-up of this indelible character. I think we (at least I) take it for granted and forget, as you have illustrated, just how appallingly narcissistic and arrogant the man is. 🙂

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    1. Film Music Central Post author

      they’re hiding towards the bottom of the trophy collection. I’m glad you liked it, I really enjoyed writing this one (they don’t make many villains like Gaston anymore) 🙂 as nervous as I am about the live action version of this film, I thoroughly approve of Luke Evans playing Gaston (he was Bard in The Hobbit films), he’s definitely got the look of the character

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      1. christinawehner

        True, he does look like him; I could picture him as Gaston. I know what you mean about being nervous, though! As you have been showing, a big part of what makes these animated films so special are the music and songs and I can’t help but wonder what live-action films have to offer in place of it.

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