At the beginning of the movie Beauty and the Beast, an old hideous woman shows up at the prince castle and ask for shelter from the cold by offering him a rose. The prince, whose spoiled and rich, judge the woman by her looks and refuses to give her shelter. The old woman warns the prince to not judge someone by their appearance, but he ignores her and declines her offer again. The old woman’s hideous features begin to disappear, and she becomes a beautiful woman. The prince starts to feel guilty and wrong for refusing to give the woman shelter, so he pleads and begs for forgiveness. Not surprised, the woman puts a spell on him that will make him regret judging someone by their appearance. She punishes him by turning him into a beast with unattractive features. The only way the curse can be broken is if he finds someone that will love him as a beast and marry him before the last petal of the rose falls off.
The story of the Beauty and the Beast is well known amongst all ages. Though the story they portray in the Disney version is much different than what they have portrayed it in France. La Belle et la Bête has been produced twice, once in 1946 and again in 2014. These two movies tell the same story but in very different ways. The perception of this story has changed between the different time periods.
When it comes to talking about theories of communication, it is easy to overlook the impact they have on our day-to-day lives. Often times when people think of theories they think of long boring explanations that have little meaning or pertinence to their lives. This, however, is not always the case. It may surprise some to find out that the interactions they have whether at work, with their loved ones, or even with a stranger all relate back to theories that explain why they do the things they do. This not only includes the face-to-face interaction we have in real life, but also through the relationships we see portrayed in television shows and movies. An example of this is how the uncertainty reduction theory plays into the relationship development between Belle and the Beast in the newest movie version of Beauty and the Beast.
This story takes place in a small French village in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. A young prince has been changed into a Beast because he was cruel to an old lady who turned out to be a beautiful, magical woman and casted a spell on him. He lives in his castle alone, and everyone in his castle has been turned into talking furniture. The spell will be broken when the Beast finds love, and love finds him. Belle and her father live in the small French village. Gaston is the village’s most eligible bachelor and wants to marry Belle, but Belle is not interested in Gaston. She is more interested in books. Belle’s Father is an inventor, but most of the town just makes fun of him and thinks he is out of his mind. Belles father ends up getting lost in the woods, which then leads him into the castle that belongs to the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is a “Tale as old as time” or at least as old as 1740 which is when the first publication appeared (De Villeneuve). The original author, Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, wrote 362 pages which Jeanne- Marie Leprince de Beaumont later abridged (De Villeneuve). Countless people know the general story of Beauty and the Beast: A beautiful girl saves her father by becoming a prisoner in an enchanted castle. She and the master, a hideous beast, become acquainted. The beast wants the girl to be content, even when her request is to leave, so he lets her go. When the girl returns, the beast is in grave danger. Tearfully the girl confesses her love for the beast, and he transforms into a handsome prince.
On November 5, 2016, the opening night of Beauty and the Beast for the gold cast performed on the vibrant stage of the Performing Arts Center in Cookeville. Under the direction and choreography of Jennifer Welch, the Children’s Theatre of Cookeville took on a Disney classic originally directed by the Tony-Nominated Robert Jess Roth. Filled with excitement due to the fact I knew many of the actors and actresses, I was throughly impressed from the acting, costumes, and set design just to name a few. This visual work of art, left not just people devoted to the “tale as old as time” casually humming show tunes as they left the theatre.
The film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, tell the story of a rural community called Bathtub in Southern Louisiana to induce themes of classism and community ties. Behn Zeitlin does a great job reminding us of our connection with each other and the world around us. The Americana aesthetic of the film mirrors our hero’s resiliency in the face of destruction. At stake in this aesthetic and exploration of these politically charged themes is an interpretation on how we can connect to each other across racial, economic, and social divides.
When raising children, it is necessary to understand how to navigate their questions on life in a manner that is both appropriate for their age, yet is acceptable in their eyes in terms of an actual answer. According to Bruno Bettelheim, fairy tales are told to children as a way to allow them to symbolically address issues and challenges they might face. These fairy tales employ the use of characters and plots that children can place themselves in, thus allowing them to identify with the situation described. However, over time, some adaptions of the fairy tales differ from their subject matter. Jean Cocteau’s version of Beauty and the Beast differs from Walt Disney’s version, as it retains many of the theories that the Disney version omitted. Jean Cocteau’s version and Disney’s versions of Beauty and the Beast differ in their message by changing aspects of the symbolism and characters’ personalities.
Given the ever-enchanting character of animated Disney films, the idea of any of them being adapted into live-action has me salivating because the possibilities are endless. If drawn figures can be so splendid, you can only imagine how they'd be with any sense of actuality. I'm a part of the Little Mermaid-Aladdin-Lion King generation, so I was drooling worse than Beethoven the dog when I heard Beauty & The Beast was going to be done. My giddiness reached epic, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic proportions upon hearing the director was Bill Condon, who authored magic with 2006's DreamGirls (which I raved about in a December anniversary article). It had been a while since I was so eager to see a movie. Though I was far from let down and I've been humming
“You're killin’ me Smalls!” “You play ball like a girl!!” The puke scene, the story of “The Beast”! You have to watch this movie! The movie, The Sandlot, was an excellent movie. There was this kid, Scott Smalls who moved into town, a new kid. The boys sneered at him, all except for one. They all have adventures but, most importantly, learn about the values of friendship. It was directed by David Evans.
In the recent weeks, it has been revealed that Disney’s upcoming movie “Beauty and the Beast” will feature a character, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, coming to terms with his sexuality throughout the movie. This reveal has caused a controversy throughout many conservative groups, with said groups criticizing Disney for pushing a gay agenda onto their children. Curtis Wong, in “The Internet Reacts After Mom Cancels Disney Trip Over Gay Character”, writes of the “This Modest Mom” blogger, Brooke Poston, who canceled her upcoming trip to Disney World because of LeFou’s sexuality Disney’s upcoming movie. When questioned on why she canceled her entire trip, rather than simply boycotting the movie, Poston stated that she believed Disney’s LGBTQ practices
When I was a young girl my favorite disney movie was Beauty and the Beast. I must have been around five years old when I saw it for the first time and I was infatuated with what I thought the story line was. I five year old self understood the movie plot being about a smart, beautiful young woman rejecting the boy who wanted her only to then fall in love with a prince who would be her one true love. My parents, brother, and I would all sit down to watch this movie time and time again and when I was young, this is the plot I saw every time. As I 've grown up I have come to realize not all of what i thought was true. Of course, there are elements of what I thought that are true. Belle is obviously a smart, beautiful woman and she does fall
“Beauty and The Beast” is a classic well known romantic Disney movie that depicts the gender role of men and women in society. The film is based upon a smart young female protagonist named Belle who is imprisoned by a self-centered young prince after he has been turned into a beast. They both learn to love each other in the end and throughout the film there are several examples shown portraying the roles of gender. In the film the main characters Gaston and the Beast portray themselves as rude, conceited and more important than the woman even though the main character Belle is a woman whom is considered odd, yet smart, and unrelated to most women in society.