The trailer for the live action retelling of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast was released on the 14th of November, and to say we’re excited would be an understatement. It reached 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours, setting a new record as the trailer with the most views in one day, but why are we so excited?
For the kids of today it’s going to be an introduction to one of Disney’s most loved films, but for those of us who fell in
love with the original, it’s a chance to get swept up in the magic all over again.
Alan Menken, the lead composer for the original animated film, has taken up the reigns once again for the live-action revival. The score boasts two original songs alongside remastered versions of the ones we know and love. In the first few seconds of the trailer, we hear the familiar piano melody that brings back memories of school holidays spent getting lost in the unconventional love story.
We can’t wait to see how Emma Watson and Dan Steven’s will bring two of Disney’s most beloved characters to life. After all, it was the characters that made Beauty and the Beast stand out from the films that had come before. Belle was a Disney heroin like no other. She was beautiful of course, but before that she was smart, brave, loyal and feisty with a temper to match the Beast’s.
The Beast was the polar opposite of the classic “Prince Charming”, he was angry, selfish and arrogant. Their story broke the mould of a young woman being rescued or plucked from obscurity by a Prince. This time it was the woman who did the rescuing.
It’s not just about Belle and the Beast though, their love wouldn’t have been possible without some not so gentle encouragement from the castle’s staff. We can’t wait to see how Ewan McGregor and Ian Mckellen take on the love/hate bromance that is Lumiere and Cogsworth.
The yellow dress
The yellow dress is etched on the brains of 90s kids everywhere, when we danced around the living room with our imaginary Beast we were wearing that dress, but it’s more than just a pretty frock. The whole film is building up to the moment where the Beast, in his best blue suit, sees Belle at the top of the stairs in the yellow dress.
It’s the moment where the two characters really see each other for the first time and the audience starts to believe that the unconventional couple could fall in love. Which is what makes Beauty and the Beast so special, it’s the closest Disney has ever come to a real love story, about patience forgiveness and loving someone and their flaws.
Beauty and the Beast will be released on the 17th of March 2017.