A group of us enjoyed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in IMAX 3D.
One of our companions complained that “It wasn’t realistic. He wouldn’t have had any trouble finding a woman with that castle.” What about the beastly appearance? “A lot of women like guys with hair.”
The original story (Wikipedia) was published in 1740. I’m wondering what the required-for-commercial-reasons updates say about our present-day culture. Let’s compare some of the differences:
|the dad was rich at one time||the dad was a continuously poor artist|
|Belle is one of six kids||Belle is an only child|
|“The sons ask for weaponry and horses to hunt with, whereas his oldest daughters ask for clothing, jewels, and the finest dresses possible as they think his wealth has returned.”||No glory-hungry brothers or cash-hungry sisters.|
|“The Beast was a prince who lost his father at a young age, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom. The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a beast.”
Moral: Tough to find good child care even when you’re a queen?
|Prince’s mom died, not the dad. Prince developed a bad character from spending too much time with his father (also had a bad character).|
Readers: What do the above changes say about our society? What did you think of the movie?