Disney’s First Trailer For the New Beauty and the Beast Doesn’t Have Nearly Enough Gaston

Disney has released the first full teaser for their live-action Beauty and the Beast. It’ll certainly bring back some memories.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

I’m not sure how I feel about the trailer. It certainly hits all the beats of the animated classic but it fell kind of flat for me. Most noticeably though was that I found myself not really loving the Beast’s look. Oddly enough, it feels too animated to me. I spoke with my mom this morning and she said, “I think he looks more like that tree guy…Groot!”

What do you think?

One Response to “Disney’s First Trailer For the New Beauty and the Beast Doesn’t Have Nearly Enough Gaston”

  1. doc says:

    I hope they CGI all that chest hair on Luke Evans.