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Beauty and the Beast Updates

With the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast coming to theaters soon (this coming friday to be exact), something has been nagging at the back of my mind. With the Cinderella live-action remake under the same name, Disney made a few updates. For one, the prince has a personality and brain, the king actually cares about who the prince hooks up with rather than just choosing a girl from a party, also Lady Tramane was given time to build up how her relationship with Cinderella developed to where it is in the tale we all know. Next, with the live-action remake of Sleeping Beauty under the name Maleficent, the movie focused more on Maleficent’s story, explaining what drove her to curse a baby. That movie also gave more history between her and the king. Though these movies followed closely to the story of their animated counterparts, there are still those notable differences, the most notable being that Disney seems to have a new fascination of redeeming or justifying their villains’ motives.

Even in the trailers of the live-action remake for Beauty and the Beast, I can see the introduction of various changes that may or may not occur.

The first thing I want to address is the fact that, when Belle’s father is caught by the Beast in the trailer, he’s outside in a courtyard picking a rose. In the original tale of Beauty and the Beast, Belle has two sisters. In the tale, Belle’s father is a traveler and always comes home with gifts for the three daughters. In the events of the tale, Belle’s sisters say they want exotic perfumes and extravagant gowns while Belle herself only wants a rose with two buds and a bloom (I could be wrong on the specifics, but you get the point, the sisters want vain beauty products while Belle wants something more symbolic and specific). The fact that Belle’s father is caught picking a rose in the trailer makes me think that perhaps, rather be chased there by wolves and rain, he might be so focused on getting Belle the rose she asked for that he lost track of his whereabouts, just like in the original French tale. Hell, the remake might even follow even closer to the original tale by giving Belle her sisters and giving her sisters the lesson that they learn in the end the tale.

The next point I want to make is a smaller detail, but also raises my curiosity. Belle is seen with hunting gear, even a gun, in the trailer. This makes me wonder if she might be more of a fighter than a dreamer than her animated counterpart was. Maybe, to show off his ability to hunt and maybe even a defensive personality effectively, Gaston taught her how to hunt and fend for herself. This is the “Era of Disney Villain Redemption” after all (apparently).

A third point that I want to put out there is, first off, Belle actually asks about the significance of the rose in the West Wing and asks what happens when the last petal falls. Now, Lumiere’s line of “The master remains a beast” isn’t what I want to talk about. It’s the next line I want to know more about; when Cogsworth says “We become antiques”. The word “become” implies that they’ll suffer through a second transformation to be even farther from human. Does that also mean that they’ll lose their lives and the ability to move and talk? That would make it a lot more intense and make the servants more anxious for the curse to be broken for the sake of their lives.

Jumping back to an event in the beginning of the movie, Belle is the one who shuts her own cell door. Rather than clinging to her father to say goodbye, and crying when her father is dragged away from her, it seems like the live-action Belle has time to say goodbye, as seen with their last hug and her whispering to him “I will escape, I promise”. Because of this, I think this version of the Beast might have some sympathy towards Belle’s situation. I may be reading too much into it, or going WAY off track, but, we might see what happened to Beast’s parents, or hell, even if he has a name (his name’s not Adam, the creators of the animated Beauty and the Beast didn’t realize that they never gave Beast a name until the movie was already almost over, so they just accept the name “Adam”). Why not think a scene of Beast’s past might be there? The first 10-15 minutes of the remakes mentioned earlier are just the main heroin as a child, explaining how and why they are how they are.

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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