One of my all-time favorite movies growing up (and now) was the 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast. When the live action remake was announced, I was elated!! I’m confident that the cast will faithfully carry the story that is so dear to so many of us.
Last week, Entertainment Weekly shared several details about the upcoming film. This movie will be incredible. The cover was graced by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (as Belle and Beast, respectively):
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Aside from the amazing images shared from the film, details have emerged about a slightly altered backstory of Belle. Emma Watson shares:
In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.
It has also been shared that Maurice, played by Kevin Kline, is now a music box maker. Set decorated Katie Spencer explained:
Kevin Kline as Maurice, is making all these music boxes that have to tell the story of Belle not traveling.
Finally…and what I’m most interested in. The new film will be a musical and Alan Menken (the original film and the new film’s composer) has shared information about the new songs brought in for the film:
“Our Song Lives On”
The first time it’s sung, it’s Belle’s father singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], ‘How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie.
‘For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, ‘Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go. He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.
“Days in the Sun”
‘Days in the Sun’ is a moment when all of the objects in the castle —and Belle — are going to sleep. Basically, everybody in the castle is having memories of what it used to be when they had their days in the sun. It’s sort of a combination of a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.
Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast, featuring new songs my Alan Menken and Tim Rice, will dance into theaters March 17th, 2017. What do you think?