This has been discussed multiple times in our household. My wife and I have both enjoyed the original Beauty and the Beast Movie since it first came out in 1991. As soon as we heard that they were doing a live-action version and that it would star Emma Watson, we agreed to see it in theatres. The debate turned to whether we should bring our two little princesses (3 and 5). They have both enjoyed the tale as old as time, ever since we watched it clutched together, ready for the scarier scenes of the movie.
As huge fans of the Beauty and the Beast movie we always make time for the following attractions on our magical vacations to Walt Disney World:
- Meet with Belle in France – A picture and signature with Belle in her blue dress
- Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage – a Broadway-style retelling of the story
- Be Our Guest – Enjoy a meal inside the Beasts castle
- Gaston’s Tavern – Try LeFou’s Brew
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – Re-enacting Belle’s story, the “actor’s” get to have a picture with Belle in her yellow ballgown
- Mickey’s Phillharmagic – 4-D attraction
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Belle is hosting a Princess party and you are invited to take a picture with her in her yellow ballgown
The backbone of the story itself stays fairly true to the original movie but they make some good and not so good changes along the way. A welcome change is that Belle’s father Maurice comes across as an intelligent craftsman that has had to make some difficult choices (which are explained) rather than an eccentric tinkerer.
The overall movie was very good and I look forward to seeing it again with my daughters. However, if you are hoping for a live-action version of the exact same movie, you will be disappointed.
We will wait till the film has been released so that we can watch it clutched together and stop it if required. There are a few intense scenes which are frightening enough in the cartoon but are amplified by the live-action version. Our 5-year-old may be able to handle it but I am still hesitant, our 3-year-old would most definitely have her face buried in my arm for a few scenes.
As an introduction to Belle, the Beast, and G-A-S-T-T…. The original 1991 version will live on. It will keep encouraging girls to read and stand up for themselves. For boys, the importance of expectorating!?!?