Disney’s animated version of Beauty and the Beast debuted at the El Capitan Theatre on November 22, 1991; I had just turned 11 years old. We didn’t have a lot of money back then so going to the theater to see the film on the big screen was out of the question. However, the movie came out on VHS the following year and I received a copy for my birthday.
After seeing the movie just once I was taken with the story, the characters, and the songs, and started watched the movie almost daily. Did you know it is possible to wear out a VHS tape? My parents didn’t until Belle and the Beast entered our lives. I was lucky to receive a replacement that summer and a back-up copy for Christmas the following year.
In 1992, Belle became my absolute favorite Disney Princess and to this day, twenty-four years later, she holds her place. Belle embodies qualities that I have always hoped to display; qualities that I hope to instill in my little princess. When I think of Belle there are so many words that come to mind ~ intelligence, imagination, confidence, independence … she’s open minded, opinionated, witty … She looks past a person’s outer appearance and finds the beauty within and she wants people to accept her for WHO SHE IS, not who she can change to be. I don’t know about you but I think these are all great qualities to possess.
It is because of my love for the film and Belle that I was a bit taken aback when I learned that Disney was going to take this work of art and turn it into a live-action film. I had my doubts about its success, how they could improve on such a beautiful story, and if it would take away from the original. Then more details became available. I will still walk into the film with a bit of hesitation but with the magic of Disney and a brilliant cast … there is hope!
Today, I share with you the first sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Giving audiences a glimpse at the highly anticipated film based on the animated classic which refashions the iconic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theaters everywhere on March 17, 2017!
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/c38r-SAnTWM
IN THEATERS MARCH 17, 2017
No official posters or images from the film have been released yet but as soon as they are made available, we will be sharing them with YOU!
ABOUT THE FILM ~
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.