A Tale as Old as Time Classic takes on Theaters Once More

Megan Dean, reporter

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Disney’s “Tale as Old as Time” movie, Beauty and The Beast, waltzed into theaters once more March 17. The recreation of the classic storyline changed the look of the 1991 animated movie by bringing the story to life through live action acting and elements of CGI animation.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and The Beast brought in $174.8 million in its opening weekend. This put the film 6th on the list of all time domestic opening weekend behind Captain America: Civil War released in 2016.

Beauty and the Beast follows the original storyline of an intelligent young woman falling in love with a hideous beast, showing that even the hardest of hearts can be softened to reveal true beauty.

The spectacular film featured an all-star cast of Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou.

Along with these iconic characters the beloved, enchanted household objects from the animated movie were also given a new look. Lumiere, the inviting and charming candelabra, is played by Ewan McGregor; Cogsworth, the humorously particular clock, is played by Ian McKellen; Mrs. Potts, the warm and nurturing teapot, is played by Emma Thompson; and Chip, the youthful teacup, is played by Nathan Mack.

Disney also welcomed new characters to its recreation and gave bigger roles to seemingly small characters from the original, including Cadenza played by Stanley Tucci and Madame Garderobe played by Fresno native Audra McDonald.

While Disney did not stray too far from its original, there were new aspects in the film unseen before by Disney fans. One of the biggest and most controversial elements that was addressed in the movie was the sexuality of LeFou as he was Disney’s first “exclusively gay” character. Despite the chaos stirred about by this, Disney and Gad did an excellent job subtly including this small change without taking anything away from the movie overall.

Another new element were the new songs included in the movie. Don’t fret; you can still sing along all to the nostalgic classics such as “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast”. However, you may just fall in love with the new additions. The Beast’s new song “Evermore”, sung after he decides to let Belle leave his castle to be with her father, was an excellent addition that dropped jaws and had viewers reaching for their tissue boxes. Other new songs include “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun”.

Through songs such as these, additional flashbacks, and background information, Beauty and the Beast answered several questions fans may have had from the animated movie such as how Belle’s mother died and why the Beast was so self-centered.

In the end, Disney managed to recapture the magic created back in 1991. Through its masterful display of sight, sound, and emotion, Beauty and the Beast not only does the animated version justice, it sets itself apart and makes viewers feel as though they are watching the story unfold for the first time.

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A Tale as Old as Time Classic takes on Theaters Once More