Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beauty and the Beast

This is my favorite Disney fairytale movie.  It is about a girl named Belle who doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere.  Eventually, she ends up trading her life to save her father who was captured by a hideous beast.  She is forced to live in a creepy castle with an angry beast.  The Beast falls in love with her and she also falls in love with him.  Belle ends up saving the Beast’s life and ending the curse on the whole castle.  They live happily ever after, of course.

Another version, by Villeneuve, has a lot more heartbreak, murder, and sexual parts to it.  The Beast, a prince, lost his father and never saw his mother since she was defending their kingdom in a war.  The Beast was left under the care of a fairy that turned out to be evil.  When the Beast became an adult, the fairy tried to seduce him.  He refused and was turned into a beast. 

Belle was the daughter of a King and a good fairy.  The evil fairy attempted to murder Belle in order to marry her father, the King.  To protect Belle, she was put in the place of a merchant’s dead daughter.  This way, no one would be able to question her existence and past.

In the end, Belle falls in love with the Beast.  Even though the story line is a bit crazy and wrong in many ways, the ending is as romantic as the Disney version.


  1. This is one of my favorite Disney movies! After reading the other version, I would actually like to see that. It could almost pass a Beauty & the Beast for adults (because of the murder and sexual parts).

  2. This is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time as well. I remember when I saw it on Broadway, it really blew my mind. I was little and it was a spectacle for me to see because it seemed so real. From that point on, it just grew on me.

  3. Disney warps a lot of these really good stories. And that's fine- for the younger audience but as an active reader, I like the original story best. When we had to do the assignment on shortening the fairytale, I chose the Little Mermaid (my favorite) and the ending was tragic. The price doesn't know Ariel was the one who saved him and they don't end up together. If they don't end up together what's the point!

  4. Now I want to read the original version XD Although the Disney movie was great!!!

  5. This is my second favorite Disney film. I enjoy it so much. I agree that other versions are a bit weird and wrong in some ways, but that does not take away from the overall romance of the story at the end. Wonderful post :)