The music and costumes were amazing. The movie was kid-ish and fun, but I also appreciated the dark undertones that touched on the realities of circus life. I loved the re-imagined songs, especially the bubble dance. A great way to modernize the classic. I would happily watch either version!
There are technically two source texts for the first recorded story of Beauty and the Beast. The original, La Belle et la Bête, was published in 1740 by Madame de Villeneuve, then abridged and rewritten by Madame Leprince de Beaumont in 1757. Find an analysis of the differences between the modern film and the original La Belle et la Bête by Madame de Villeneuve here.
There have been many adaptations of the story since the original was written, in the form of literature, film, music and performance. Authors are seemingly drawn to revisiting literatures and reworking them in an effort to create a conversation between themselves and literatures of the past. This illustrates how literature adapts to a new age and its new media, making universal age-old ideas modern and relevant. We are all standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants being those major texts, canonical texts, texts that have withstood time, ancient texts that are still studied today, texts that offer ancient wisdoms, texts that are referenced and made new by modern authors.
The 1972 version "retold" by Philippa Pearce and illustated by Alan Barrett borrows from the Madame de Villeneuve's original telling entirely, and will be used here as the basis of comparison between the original tale and Disney's film(s).
The classic 1991 Disney cartoon did indeed base itself on ideas from both Madame Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's 1757 La Belle et la Bête, as well as the 1946 French Film directed by Jean Cocteau. However, Disney's version differs greatly from the original tale. Elements surrounding the curse, the enchantments, the castle, and even the life of Belle diverge heavily from Madame de Villeneuve's tale. The 2017 remake closely followed the same plot line as the 1991 version; making them both somewhat inaccurate in regards to referencing the true original.