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Palanquin is a living stage coach, or at least the unseen pilot of the coach, existing as a result of the Enchantress' curse.

Appearances

Beauty and the Beast

Palanquin only has a brief appearance in the first film and was unnamed. After Belle sacrifices her freedom to ensure her father, Maurice was freed from the Beast's castle dungeon. The Beast, thoughtlessly dragging Maurice away before Belle even had the chance to say goodbye, threw a pleading Maurice into Palanquin's coach while telling Maurice that his daughter is no longer of his concern before telling Palanquin to take Maurice back to the village. It then did so while Maurice was still begging, also ripping its bindings, as Belle watched in despair from her cell window. Presumably, Palanquin managed to return Maurice to the village without being spotted due to the villagers not believing Maurice when he claimed that Belle was taken prisoner by the Beast.

New Adventures of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

In the second issue of the prequel comic series published by Disney Comics, Palanquin had a much larger role, and was also given its name. After Chip and Sultan discovered that Beast fell off a cliff and was knocked out (with Chip falling down the ravine), Sultan relayed Chip's message about the Beast being in danger with Mrs. Potts, Chip's mother, sending Ladle and Tureen to summon Palanquin and fetch his rig. Afterwards, Palanquin was loaded with ropes and harnesses as well as the Wheelbarrow at Mrs. Potts' command, in order to be prepared for anything. After loading Beast and Chip onto the wheelbarrow and reeling them up, Palanquin then returned to the castle. He presumably had little use since then, based on roots being placed at its feet by the time it was used again in the film.

House of Mouse

Palanquin makes a brief cameo in the series as the ride used to deliver Lumiere to the club.

Trivia

  • Palanquin's role in the film had its roots from the Purdum screenplay for the film and with a larger role. In it, Beast was supposed to have owned an enchanted sedan chair that was initially used to deliver Maurice back to his cottage as well as take Belle to the castle. Marquis Gaston and his men would later steal the sedan chair in the climax so he could confront the Beast and kill him. This development, however, was cut when the screenplay itself was rejected by then-Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and had the film rewritten as a result.
  • In an episode of the the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe named The Answer, Blue Diamond's palanquin resembles this palanquin.


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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandTime Flies!Sittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2A Masterpiece for the MasterDeck the Halls for Belle with HollyBelle, Book and CastleBound to SurpriseThe Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χ Disney Enchanted Tales Disney Emoji Blitz Disney Crossy Road Disney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Animated film: Beauty and the Beast RideDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Movie MagicDisney Illuminations
Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernMaurice’s Treats Snack CartRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouMagicalOnce Upon a TimeWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: Disney Christmas Stories

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipChip's siblingsChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's buddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's sistersBelle's suitorsBelle's mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la PerleThunder
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay