How the live-action remake patched up those plot holes from the animated original.
To begin, let me say that I have always been a fan of Beauty and the Beast, it has always been one of my favourite Disney movies and as it happens, it was the very first film that I ever saw in the cinema. All in all, I treasured the animated classic, which holds a very special place in my heart.
That being said, the cartoon did have some problems, and by some, I mean many. Even as a child, then of curse, the glorious destination that is adulthood, there were quite a number of things that didn’t sit right with me.
Just ask anyone who dared discuss Disney after a colourful cocktail or two.
After seeing the remake, on day of release like the huge nerd that I am, I can safely say that the story made a lot more sense.
Here are the ways how the live action remake fixed the problems with the original animated movie.
The Prepubescent Prince
There has been a fan theory circulating for as long as the film has been around. The theory goes that young Prince Adam is only 11 years old when the enchantress, disguised as a hag, shows up at his door.
So when the decade or whatever passes. he has matured into a buffalo-hound, before being transformed into a real live human prince.
Why it doesn’t make sense.
The real problem wit this scenario is Chip. Chip is very much a child in cup form. Which means that either a) enchanted objects can reproduce other objects, somehow, or b) he had to already be a child when he was turned into a teacup, thus proving that they were FROZEN IN TIME.
Sorry, I just get really antsy about that. Plus, the painting of Prince Adam clearly depicts him as at least a teenager when the portrait was commissioned.
Also, I would like to add that if a stranger shows up to your door,, and you, an 11 year old without any parental supervision, should not be punished, enchantress or no, just because you’re fully aware of stranger danger.
Oh Look a Castle
In the original animated movie, no-one in the little town, the quiet village never once noticed that there was a giant castle just a few miles away. Traders, farmers, hunters, not a one ever came across the castle.
There weren’t even tales of villagers or merchants mysteriously disappearing in the woods. Like, are the villagers that self-obsessed, stupid, or willfully blind?
The weirdest part is, not a single person noticed that they were no longer paying any taxes.
Bibbity Bobbity Peekaboo
Well, we found out that the enchantress, not only cast the curse upon the entire household, created a weird weather vacuum, gave enchanted plot devices and erased the memory of those cursed from the minds of anyone who ever knew them.
Off With Their Heads
The time-frame always made me a little uneasy, sure Disney, make a romantic tale as old as time, but you had to set it very close to the French revolution. Didn’t you!?
Oh yeah, Belle and Adam, and of course their 6 children, because of course, would be living together like a happy family, only to have the villagers storm in again. Except this time they would have no army of teacups and brooms to save them from the guillotine.
Funnily enough, the person that really puts things into perspective is Gaston. In the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Gaston is no mere random dude, stomping about and shooting pheasants. I mean he does that too, but it’s fine.
Gaston is a war hero, he fought the Portugese, which would set the movie after the Franco-Portugese war. So the events would have to take place in the early 1800s.
This means that the castle had to be enchanted before 1792, so they were enchanted for a long time. No wonder teh Beast had terrible table manners.
The Book Store?
This never made sense to me. It’s a book store, there’s like one person in the entire village that reads, and she’s a girl.
Not only do we know that the villagers aren’t keen on literature, but if this dude keeps letting Belle borrow books instead of you know, buying them, how does he expect to keep his business afloat, or by the baguettes?
How do you solve a problem like a book store? You turn it into a library, and hey presto! A reasonable explanation as to why she constantly has her nose stuck in a book. It’s the local priest’s library, but hey. You take what you can get in this Provencal life.
Fork in the Road
So in the animated movie, Maurice decides to go through the dark and shadowy parts of the woods, instead of his usual path, for reasons. Dude, listen to your horse and stay out of the forest of foreboding!
Forcing his Hand (or hoof)
Instead of making the frankly stupid decision to travel down the creepy road, Maurice is forced to take the road less traveled when lightning strikes a tree, thus blocking his normal route.
Mama Can You Hear Me?
Not really a plot hole per se, because given the time period, there can be any number of reasons why a woman has died. Childbirth, disease, industrial accident, more disease, etc.
The new movie explains why the mothers aren’t around, SPOILER ALERT, they’re dead. Belle’s mother of the plague, when she was just a baby. Hence her being raised by a man who wouldn’t know how to treat her differently.
The Queen also passed away, but when the prince was a boy. Thus causing him to be emotionally and physically abused by his father, the King. Didn’t even have a whipping boy.
(I’m just going to assume that the Kind died of gout or some other rich man disease.)
We Are The Angry Mob
Okay, so the enchanted mirror showed the beast, but it wasn’t some sort of magical sat nav, it didn’t show a route to the beast, so how the hell did the original villagers find it?
In the live action Beauty and the Beast, Gaston and Le Fou are led to the fork of foreboding by Maurice, in his quest to find Belle. So they knew to go from there. Problem solved.
To be honest, I don’t know how he would have even gotten there, because the Beast has very little redeeming qualities. He’s gruff, rude and every single nice thing he does for Belle is at the request of his fixtures and fittings
She leaves and he just melts into a puddle of melancholy. Dude, just no.
In the new version, he’s still rude and whatever, but he shows and gives her the library. He suggests the dance. He makes the effort to sit beside her. To read the poetry that she likes. He actually tries. When he realises that it’s not actually fair to imprison the person that you love, he sets her free.
I do like my love stories to have as little Stockholm syndrome in them as possible.