New Beauty and the Beast Featurette Raises the Question: “Why Remake Something That’s Perfect?”

In this new Beauty and the Beast featurette from Disney, director Bill Condon asks and answers his own question: “Why remake something that’s perfect?” And no, he didn’t say “money.”

Besides that, it’s actually a pretty sweet video of some of the cast talking about their memories of the original animated film as well as their impressions of the live-action version. They spoke to Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Sir Ian McKellen. There’s also a few quick images of things we haven’t seen in the trailers.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

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  • It’s my favorite Disney film as an adult. I would say Aladdin was, and I still love Aladdin, but I was 12 when it came out, I was the perfect target audience at the time it released and the adventure was more appealing than the romance.

    But Belle is a reader. I love using the nu-word “sapiosexual” to describe how attractive I find intelligence. In my very short list of “musts” for a romantic partner, a degree of intelligence and ability to hold a conversation is on there. Also, she must be passionate about something in the world outside of herself. These are ideals I hold to personally. I have perhaps too MANY passions all clamoring for time, whether it be writing or political reform or embracing energy renewal and addressing the issues of food scarcity (I guess those are political too though my focus is more on the tech side of it).

    Belle is passionate about the world outside her own, she reads, she sees beneath the surface. How ideal a human being is that?! Not to mention, the newer era of films where Disney princesses have so much more agency, which is a fantastic message for kids… it pretty much started with Beauty and the Beast. I’m hard-pressed to think of characters in Disney features that had it as well… outside of… The Rescuers?

  • 1kMuses

    It’s my favorite Disney film as an adult. I would say Aladdin was, and I still love Aladdin, but I was 12 when it came out, I was the perfect target audience at the time it released and the adventure was more appealing than the romance.

    But Belle is a reader. I love using the nu-word “sapiosexual” to describe how attractive I find intelligence. In my very short list of “musts” for a romantic partner, a degree of intelligence and ability to hold a conversation is on there. Also, she must be passionate about something in the world outside of herself. These are ideals I hold to personally. I have perhaps too MANY passions all clamoring for time, whether it be writing or political reform or embracing energy renewal and addressing the issues of food scarcity (I guess those are political too though my focus is more on the tech side of it).

    Belle is passionate about the world outside her own, she reads, she sees beneath the surface. How ideal a human being is that?! Not to mention, the newer era of films where Disney princesses have so much more agency, which is a fantastic message for kids… it pretty much started with Beauty and the Beast. I’m hard-pressed to think of characters in Disney features that had it as well… outside of… The Rescuers?