Beauty, the Beast, and Adaptation | Part II

Welcome to part two of my (probably wildly overdone) analysis of the differences between the original animated Beauty and the Beast and the new live-action adaptation that hit theaters recently.

If you missed the first part, you can catch it here. And the warning from the first part still stands: here there be spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the new one (I’m assuming you’ve all seen the original and that, as a result, we can continue being friends), you’ll probably want to turn back now lest you run into some stuff that you should not yet know.

I’d also like to reiterate that I did really enjoy the live-action adaptation despite my one beef (Lefou), and that this is primarily an academic exercise to look at the differences between the two. After all, if there is to be Adaptation Expansion, shouldn’t the new stuff really add something?

So here were go, my last two points in my talk about the new Beauty and the Beast. And then I’ll shut up. I promise. Read More