Earlier in the year, Disney released a short teaser trailer for their latest live-action fairy tale based on an animated classic. And that Beauty and the Beast sneak peek was a perfect replica of the teaser that arrived way back in 1990. Yesterday, Disney finally revealed the full-length trailer for Beauty and the Beast, which contains the first actual footage from the movie. And guess what? It’s another shot-for-shot remake of the full-length trailer for the classic film.
Neat? Or is Disney straight up plagiarizing itself? MoviePilot is the one who put the two trailers side-by-side. And the result is astonishing. It’s almost like watching someone turned in their sister’s old homework traced to look like their own. At the same time, it’s pretty cool for nostalgia hounds. But is this new movie going to be an exact replica of what came before it? We do know that the movie has some new music. But this could be the most screen accurate live-action movie based on it’s animated counterpart yet.
Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beloved tales ever told, the film brings it to life in a stunning, cinematic event directed by Bill Condon. The film boasts an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. But once we see these two trailers side-by-side, we can’t help but feel we’re being just a tiny bit cheated. Especially if they do this straight redo and don’t bring Robbie Benson in for a cameo.
The original movie followed an arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle’s servants who have fallen under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle (Paige O’Hara) enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice (Rex Everhart). With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. From the looks of things, this movie follows this story structure to a T and won’t deviate too far off the beaten path.
We do know that Ian McKellen has written a new short little song for his clock character Cogsworth. And this time around, Belle will be an inventor of music boxes, with her dad building them from scratch. And she will also have invented the washing machine, to make her choirs a bit easier. So the movie is taking a few small librities with its source material. As for the other changes, we’ll have to wait until the movie hits the big screen this March.
The original Beauty and the Beast animated fairy tale was a box office beast of its own, bringing in $425 million worldwide. It garnered positive reviews across the board, going onto win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the musical or comedy category. And it was the very first animated movie to ever be nominated for a Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It went onto win Best Original Score and Best Original Song Oscars, and in 2002 it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Will the new movie be able to achieve the same success? Take a look at the live action versus animated trailers, and wonder are we gearing up for another classic. Or are we being duped?