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Beauty and the Beast

Sydney Smith

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 In 2010, Disney released the first of the live action disney remake movies, Alice in Wonderland. Now it’s 2017, and we have a remake of Beauty and the Beast. This live-action remake captured the same story from 1991 film that we have grown up watching. We’re also able to see the animated characters come to life. Emma Watson plays bookworm Belle and Dan Stevens is the self absorbed Beast working to gain his humanity.

 The remaking process that started in 2010 was critically panned, but turned out to be a huge financial success, bringing box offices over a billion dollars. It all started when Disney released 101 Dalmatians the movie that exceeded all expectations. Disney soon earned its name for the home of Animated movies after this film and the release of The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 In 2014, the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast was set into motion. In June of that year, Bill Condon was signed to be the director. Evan Spiliotopoulos, along with Stephen Chbosky, was hired to write the script.

 With the basic structure set up, the next step was finding the cast. In 2015, Emma Watson announced to the world she would be our new Belle, the movie’s lead.  Of course you can’t forget the Beast; the part went to Dan Stevens and Luke Evans would be the hated, yet loved, Gaston.

 This movie isn’t entirely animated (although it does have CGI elements), but it still has much the same story line. At a French prince’s ball, a ugly old woman asks the handsome prince for shelter from the cold, offering a rose in payment. He refuses because of her appearance, forcing the woman to cast a spell on him, Which turns him into a monstrous beast until he can love a woman and gain her love in return. Belle, a beautiful bookworm, is searching for her father and finds him in a dark castle. After negotiating with his captor, she persuades him to let her take the place of her father. During her stay in the castle, she finds extraordinary objects, dines with singing dishes, and helps a lost beast find his humanity.

 Why the remakes? Did Disney run out of ideas? We don’t know, but we do know we love these live-action remakes. Disney was able to take the beloved classics and turn them into something different, and possibly even better than their original stories. Beauty and the Beast hit theaters on March 17.

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