14 Questions You Had About Beauty and the Beast That the New Movie Answers
The Movie of the Year is on its way — Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17! We know it might be a little early to call anything the Movie of the Year, considering the sequels to Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars are due out in the next 365 days as well, but we don’t care ’cause we actually saw the live-action Disney movie last night, and we’re absolutely enchanted. TBH, we
maybe definitely cried tears of joy more than a few times throughout the two-hour adaptation.
If we were you, we wouldn’t want to wait to learn details about the instant classic. Are any fan theories confirmed? How does it live up to the original? And does it answer any of the questions you’ve always had about the 1991 animated flick? Well, we can certainly help you out.
For starters, some of the theories held up, like Belle being more than a bookworm. However, others, like Belle & Hermione being the same person, did not. To answer Q2, it absolutely does live up to the original, hence, all the tears of joy. Lastly, does it answer any of the questions you’ve always had about it? It does, friends. It does.
While we may never know why Belle entered the West Wing — or what the heck Beast’s real name is (though, some say it’s Adam) — the 2017 production does tackle other musings you’ve pondered. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
1. Why did the Enchantress curse everyone in the castle?
The Prince turned her away, but why did everyone else suffer along with him? Belle poses this question herself, to Mrs. Potts, stating, “You did nothing.” And that’s when Mrs. Potts delivers the news. Yes, exactly, they did nothing… to stop the Prince’s father, the King, from turning his little boy into a monster… just like himself.
2. What happened to the Prince’s parents? Shouldn’t he be King?
As far as anyone knows, the Prince’s parents weren’t among those that were cursed. So, if there is no King or Queen, wouldn’t that make him King? Well, the 2017 adaptation addressed one of the missing parental units.
During one particular performance, you can see a young Prince looking at his mother, sick in bed. Soon, she passes away, leaving him with his vile father. No word on what happens to him, though — but, considering his terrible ways, perhaps he went away on a trip and never came back.
3. Did no one notice that an entire palace of people went missing? Heck, did no one even know about the palace?
Simple — the same Enchantress who cast the curse also makes it so all the villagers forget about the people who live in the castle, as well as the castle itself.
4. Are Belle & her father not from their town?
As the song goes, “Every morning just the same // Since the morning that we came // To this poor provincial town…” That implies that they didn’t originally hail from the area. And that would be a correct assessment.
Belle & her father are actually from Paris, France. In one sequence, Belle is able to look out the window of her old home and see Notre Dame. The reason for the move lies in the next question…
5. What happened to Belle’s mom?
Two words: The Plague.
Belle’s mother, ridden with illness, insists that Belle’s father leave with their infant daughter, before the baby catches the deadly disease, too.
6. Why does Belle’s dad pick that direction?
In the cartoon, Belle’s dad has a choice: go down the sunshine-y, not-at-all-creepy road… or the one riddled with darkness — and he opts for the road less traveled.
In the case of the new edition, the choice is taken from him: a tree falls in front of the better-looking route, so he’s forced to travel the path of most resistance.
7. Why doesn’t Belle actually get to eat anything during “Be Our Guest?”
Blame it on Lumiere. Every bit of food that Belle even tries to cut in the latest version is pulled away from her as soon as she’s about to dig in. Lame.
8. How many children did Mrs. Potts have? And where’s their father?
The animation depicts at least 20 Potts offspring. But, never fear, Disney now recognizes the impossibility, and only bestows one child, Chip, upon the teapot this time around. As for Chip’s father, he’s one of the townspeople who forgets the castle even exists. That darn Enchantress really effs things up for that family.
9. Isn’t Mrs. Potts too old to have such a young child?
It’s all good, folks. The latest Mrs. Potts is the perfect Mom age.
10. Why doesn’t Lumière ever melt?
The cartoon edition’s face is made of wax, so many believe he should’ve died off at some point (even though, hello, magic). But Disney took care of that sitch — in the latest edition, Lumière’s face is part of the candelabra, and the candle’s on top of his head.
11. How does Belle lift the Beast onto the horse?
He’s not completely unconscious; she tells him he needs to summon the strength enough to lift himself up and onto the horse. Easy peezy.
12. Whose clothes does Belle wear?
No, Belle’s golden gown didn’t belong to the former Queen. Instead, it’s a brand-new creation by the Wardrobe; a dress pieced together by the fabrics that rest inside of her.
13. What season does this movie actually take place in?
The cartoon shows scenes that are full of sunlight, and others riddled with snow. This is, again, the Enchantress’ doing. We learn that the film takes place in June, so that’s where there’s sunny spring/summer weather in Belle’s town, but the woods that lead up to the castle, as well all the land on which the castle stands, are covered in wintry snow and ice ’cause, you know, magic.
14. Do Mrs. Potts and Belle’s dad get together in the end?
Remember when we said Mr. Potts forgets about his wife and child? Once the curse is broken, he remembers! So, he heads to the castle to find Mrs. Potts and Chip, and they continue on with their own happy ending. (Though, the Mrs. and Belle’s dad do make eyes at each other during the final dance number, so you never know.)
Oh, and, in case you ever wondered if Belle suffered from Stockholm Syndrome, Emma Watson cleared that up in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “It’s such a good question and it’s something I really grappled with at the beginning; the kind of Stockholm Syndrome question about this story. That’s where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor. Belle actively argues and disagrees with [Beast] constantly. She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm Syndrome because she keeps her independence, she keeps that freedom of thought.”
If things worked out differently, Emma Watson could’ve played these roles as well: