Disney live-action reboots are all the rage as of late. There is something exciting about classic fairytale stories that we have all grown up with being formed into live-action remakes that usually star our favorite actors. People tend to have incredibly strong opinions on Disney reboots, whereas some people love them while others believe these animated classics are too perfect to be touched.
Regardless of your stance, it is always interesting to consider the differences and similarities between the original Disney versions and the Hollywood reboots. It makes us wonder, what are the biggest differences between the original Beauty and The Beast and the live-action remake? Be our guest, and find out!
10 THE MUSIC
Although all of the classics that we have grown up with are still in the live-action remake such as "Belle" and "Tale as old as time", there are a handful of original new songs added into the 2017 film. These songs include "Days in the Sun" in which we get more of a backstory on the characters before they were destined to live their lives inside the enchanted castle, "Evermore", a song that works to humanize the beast, and "How Does a Moment Last Forever?", which is all about Belle and Maurice's backstory.
According to Alan Menken who composed the score for the remake, "My main priority was to protect what was there originally and add in those places where it feels organic to the medium."
In the original animated film, Gaston's loyal sidekick is no more than a tool used for comic relief. There isn't too much to his character and he is "cartoonish" at best (which totally makes sense), yet in the remake, there is a lot more weight to Lefou.
Played by Josh Gad, there are several hints throughout the 2017 version that he is in love with Gaston. This makes sense as to why he is so blindly devoted to him despite Lefou's good nature. At the end of the film, we see Lefou dancing with a man with a look of longing in his eyes, proving there is more to the dopey sidekick we all know from the original film. In the 2017 version, he's got a big heart and a fairytale ending that we didn't even know he needed.
Although Gaston has the same outfit and motives in the remake as he does in the original, this new version of Gaston feels much more watered down and dry compared to the Disney version. Of course, as expected, Disney cartoons deliver the most "animated" characters you can possibly get, but why they choose not to keep this animation in the live-action film is beyond us.
In the original, Gaston's self-absorbed nature and exaggerated cluelessness are what make him so intriguing as a character. Regardless of whether or not we like the guy, there is no denying his humorous charm. Unfortunately, live-action Gaston seems more like a plot device than the kind of eccentric villain that animated Disney films are so effortlessly known for creating. It feels like they could have had a lot more fun with his character, yet unfortunately, this is not the case.
7 BELLE TEACHES YOUNG GIRLS HOW TO READ
In the original Disney film, Belle is known in her provincial town as an outcast and lone wolf. In the remake, we see Emma Watson's Belle teaching a local young girl how to read which allows her to be less isolated within her town. During this time period, it was frowned upon for women to read because it would mean they'd start "getting ideas and thinking" (at least according to Gaston).
This scene as Belle teaches the young girl to read seems rather personal to the real-life Emma Watson, who is known for advocating reading specifically to women. Perhaps Watson came up with the idea to include this in the film? All we can say is that Hermione would be proud. Ten points to Gryffindor!
6 BELLE TRIES TO ESCAPE
In the live-action version of the film, rather than lying on her bed and weeping once she is kidnapped, Belle attempts to take action and get her hands dirty. Fans of Beauty and the Beast know Belle as "the inventor's daughter."
Despite the fact that her father is often laughed at for his "Crazy inventions," it has taught Belle a lot on how to be creative with her surroundings. This is how she comes up with the DIY rope invention that she plans on using in order to escape through the window of her tower. This action makes her seem a lot less like a typical Disney princess and a lot more like a heroine who works hard for what she wants.
5 THE CURSE IS STRONGER
In the original film, The Beast will be cursed to stay in his beastly form for the rest of his life unless he finds true love before the last rose petal falls. In the reboot, the circumstances are even darker and more intense if he does not find someone to fall in love with him. The talking objects in the castle will be forced to remain objects and all of their loved ones from their human days will lose all memory of their existence.
There will also be an endless winter throughout the surrounding areas of the castle, giving a whole new meaning to "winter is coming". Also, each time a rose petal falls, it causes the castle to break down more and more. All this because a girl is placing some dude in the friend zone...Talk about putting pressure on a romantic relationship!
4 BELLE'S MOTHER
It is traditional for Disney animated films to either have an evil stepmother or no mother figure at all. In the film Wrecked Ralph 2, all of the Disney Princesses are seen talking to Vanellope. Jasmine asks Vanellope if she has "daddy issues", to which she replies, "I don't even have a mom!"
At that point, every single Disney Princess chimes in by saying "Neither do we!" The reason behind this might have to do with the fact that Walt Disney's mother passed away after Disney bought her a new house that had a leaking furnace which resulted in her death. In the remake, we actually get to learn a bit about Belle's mother and her backstory as well.
3 THE BEAST
In the live action film, the beast seems like a much more humanized character as opposed to the original Disney animated version. With the beast, we get to learn a whole lot more about his backstory, his interests, and how he feels about the tragedy of being forced to live as a beast.
Whereas in the animated version Belle is clearly the sole protagonist, the live-action remake leaves room for both characters to shine. Plus, we actually get to see the beast in human form at the beginning which certainly helps us see him as more than a monstrous beast.
2 THE PERFECT ADDITIONAL CHARACTER
What could be more fitting and perfect than Stanley Tucci in the Beauty in the Beast universe? It's something that we never knew we so desperately needed in our lives, but the fact that it exists makes us so unbelievably giddy. In the live-action remake, Stanley Tucci plays the role of the self-playing Piano who fittingly used to be a musician.
His name is Cadenza and he just happens to be head over heels (or should we say head over piano pedals) for Audra McDonald's character, Garderobe. If that's not relationship goals, we truly don't know what is.
1 MORE BONDING BETWEEN BELLE AND THE BEAST
In the original animated version, there is a nice montage to reveal the love story unfolding between the beauty and the beast, yet not to the same extent as the reboot. In the 2017 remake, it seems as though the two are not only romantically interested in each other, but they seem to be good friends as well.
They both love Shakespeare and find themselves bonding over his writing. Because the remake is much longer in length, there is a lot more time to see the two form an everlasting romance together.