Beauty and the Beast Movie, is it Child Friendly?

| March 20, 2017 | 13 Comments

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.


Beauty and the Beast Movie

Jeremie at the theaters on opening night for the new Beauty and the Beast


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


Beauty and the Beast Movie

Selected to be part of the re-enactement of Belle’s story at Enchanted Tales with Belle


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!?!?


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My name is Jérémie Laviolette. I am happily married with 2 little princesses (4 and 6). My love for Disney started when I was a little kid watching all the classics. My first visit to Walt Disney World was fairly late in life at 27. Since that first visit in 2010, our family goes back every chance we get. After planning numerous family trips as well as many trips for friends, family, and co-workers, I decided to do it for a living. I am now a travel agent that Specializes in Selling Disney Vacations with Pure Magic Vacations, a Canadian Disney Earmarked travel agency that charges no service fees. I will help you with every aspect of your Disney vacation, including but not limited to: answering all your questions, picking a resort for your family, suggesting and making dining and FastPass+ reservations, and providing detailed daily itineraries.

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  1. KD says:

    Hopefully not the expectorating! Well, the Beast does improve his manners…and he is the one Belle chooses. 😉

  2. Calvin F. says:

    I been seeing this movie a lot in the news, lots of controversy

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve read too that some parts might be a bit frightening for young children, however I don’t believe that young children would rather stay at home than watch the movie. As long as an adult is there when they need comforting they should be fine.

  4. Kam says:

    Good to know as the wife and I were talking about this and if we should take our three year old daughter or not…going to wait for the dvd!

  5. Kamy says:

    I am hoping to watch this with my daughter!

  6. Kristi says:

    We haven’t seen it yet, but will soon. Thanks for the review, and I think that the ’91 animated version will always be the classic one.

  7. Susan Hartman says:

    I saw this movie on Sunday and it was fabulous. Loved it! My nieces 2 children were with us age 6 & 10. They loved it too. I think it would be fine for any childre 5 and over.

  8. Fan R says:

    I saw the movie and I find it beautiful! Kids loved watching

  9. HEIDI C. says:

    My little guys saw this with their sisters and were fine during the movie. Their sisters did enjoy it more than they did though :).

  10. AD says:

    Thank you for the review! I’ve heard a lot of controversy about it in the news, but frankly, I am happy they have updated the film version for the modern age (I still do love the cartoon) and further humanized complex characters which seemed simplistic and superficial in the old version.

  11. Travelbuds says:

    My daughter who is 11 can’t wait to see this. I’m glad she isn’t young and I would have to make the decision to take her or not. Having the movie play at home is a lot easier as you can stop it or even fast forward the scary parts.

  12. kirsti wright says:

    its a good movie i think its ok for my daughter

  13. Lynda Cook says:

    I was getting a lot of different messages about this live version, and when it came on Netflix I thought what the heel I am going to watch it, and I was very impressed it was very good and even had me crying. I wasn’t sure what to expect because honestly I did not enjoy the live version of the Jungle Book, but this one was very good!

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