Walt Disney Studios has had its fair share of celebrated animated films throughout the years, but few are quite as well-regarded or treasured as 1991's Beauty and the Beast. It was the first animated film to ever receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination and has one of the most recognizable, beloved soundtracks not only in Disney history, but in the musical genre as a whole. All of this and more can be attributed to the immense, palpable excitement surrounding this year's live-action Beauty and the Beast film, which Disney is set to release as the newest addition to their continuing line of animated classics being brought to life in live-action form.
The film doesn't even hit theaters until March and Beauty and the Beast has already brought in record-breaking numbers for Disney over the past few months, with its trailers bringing in more views in a shorter amount of time than even The Force Awakens trailers did. With just a few weeks to go until the film is released, Disney has begun releasing several clips from the film, teasing its impressive musical numbers.
Premiering during Good Morning America today, Disney has unveiled a brand new clip from the film's "Gaston" sequence, which features Luke Evans' Gaston and Josh Gad's Le Fou celebrating the former's magnificence with a tavern full of adoring patrons. The clip itself is rather small but continues to show just how faithful of an adaptation Beauty and the Beast looks to be. Check it out for yourself below:
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This song as well as "Be Our Guest," "Beauty and the Beast," and the opening "Belle" number are no doubt some of the more anticipated sequences set to be featured in the film. All of them have been seen and teased briefly in the film's trailers so far, showing fans enough to get a general sense of what they'll look like in live-action form, without spoiling the fun of seeing it in the actual theater at the same time. Notably, in addition to featuring all of the same song and dance numbers from the 1991 animated film, this version of Beauty and the Beast will also feature three new tracks from one of the original film's composers, Alan Menken.
The hype surrounding Beauty and the Beast is noticeably higher than it has been for any of Disney's other, recent live-action adaptations, even though to their credit, films like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and even Pete's Dragon have been financially and critically successful in their own right. But it doesn't take much more than just looking at the film's pitch-perfect, star-studded cast to understand just how intent Disney and the filmmakers seem to be on getting this particular adaptation right. After all, Beauty and the Beast has always stood out as one of the studio's most cherished crown jewels, and judging by the look and feel of the adaptation, they seem more than well-aware of what exactly made the 1991 film work so well in the first place.
Source: Good Morning America
- Beauty and the Beast (2017) release date: Mar 17, 2017