It was 1991 when Walt Disney entertainment aimed to introduce audiences to the romantic tale of Beauty and the Beast. Previously, Walt Disney Animation Studios may have established themselves with titles like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Rescuers Down Under”. Upon its release Beauty and the Beast achieved an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, making this film the first animation feature to be nominated for this award. However, Beauty and the Beast left the Academy Award ceremony this year with awards in a different category. Praised for its musical sequences, Beauty and the Beast won two Academy Awards, for “Best Original Song” and “Best Original Score”.
Walt Disney Animation Studios found success with Beauty and the Beast, a film which may have assisted in the studio’s ascension, which seemed to begin a golden age of animation. In the years which followed, audiences were treated to several Walt Disney animated feature films, including Aladdin, The Lion King and Pocahontas, each winning several awards. This era of animation feature films may have been considered a renaissance period for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Some might consider Beauty and the Beast as an important film in the studio’s history, one which seemed to play an important role in contributing to the success of Walt Disney Animation Studios. With its seemingly humble beginnings, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a young girl in search of adventure, who finds herself in the castle of the magical beast. As Belle dreams of adventure, The Beast dreams of returning to his human form and the two eventually find themselves intertwined as their journey together begins.
Set in a Beast’s castle, the story of Beauty and the Beast featured musicals sung by animated clocks, candlesticks, and talking tea sets. These intriguing supporting characters may have injected the story of Beauty and the Beast with a cheerful personality. As Belle continued to discover more conscious furniture and cutlery, Beauty and the Beast aimed to tell a captivating story for audiences.
This year, Walt Disney announced they aim to return to their classic tale of romance; adapting the original 1991 animated film, Walt Disney aims to produce a live action version of this classic tale. Walt Disney unveiled the full length trailer for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. This modern adaptation aims to appeal to contemporary audiences by offering the franchise more realism with its live action approach.
Featured in this trailer are the talents of Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Perks of being a wallflower) as protagonist Belle; supporting Emma Watson, and playing the role of the Beast, is Dan Stevens (The Guest, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb). In the director’s seat is Bill Condon who previously worked on the Twilight Saga, Part 1 and 2 of Breaking Dawn, and several other feature films. With Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Bill Condon at the forefront of this project, this version of Beauty and the Beast may once again rekindle the imagination of audiences worldwide.
By attempting to produce a modern retelling of this classic tale, Disney aim to bring the story of Belle and the Beast to a new audience. After granting the internet a detailed look at the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast the YouTube trailer has reached an over 22 million viewers at the time of writing. This trailer began to trend on YouTube and continues to garner views and reach a vast audience. This may indicate audiences still have interest in this classic romantic tale of beauty and beast.
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