So… I’ve seen the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast more than once. In fact, I’ve seen it a lot and now I’ve given myself enough time to let my inner fangirl voice take a deep breath. And with the film having opened with $178 million domestically at the box office, I think it is about time I gave it a proper review. So yes, for the final Rewind, we’re going dive into the world of the new Disney Emma Watson/Dan Stevens version. Prepare your nostalgic tissues, folks!
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The time has come for me to discuss that movie – Disney’s 1991 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. This is the reason this blog series is here after all, and I can’t do a review of filmed versions of this story without mentioning it. So grab your nostalgia goggles, some love for classic Disney animation, and a nice spot of tea – so we can enjoy the magic and charm of the first animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Like you’ve seen over the last few weeks, the best adaptations of fairy tales are the ones that take risks and are embraced by a whole new generation for those differences from the source material. And Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is among the best examples of this. The reason being for the huge changes were all due to the drama involved in the pre-production stage for the film.
You see, back in the 1930’s, Walt Disney himself attempted to make his own feature length animated film of the classic French tale. But ultimately he left it “in the vault” so to speak, considering the story almost impossible to crack by his standards. But the team at Disney Animation decided to blow the dust off of Walt’s work, and finally put the movie into production. But as with any great movie, this adventure wasn’t easy.
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Since the last couple of Rewinds have featured more cheesy versions of this classic fairy tale, I thought this week we’d examine one that is a little more on the darker side of things—and is actually my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast of all time. It features a lot of differences from the original, but the kind that actually make it—dare I say—better in some aspects. And though it reflects a few staples that were going on in the international horror genre at the time, the movie still retains a timeless elegance and definitely sticks out among other BatB adaptations.
So without further ado, we’re going to travel to Europe, and look at one of the most unique takes on this story you’re probably ever going to hear about. This is Panna a Netvor, the 1978 Czech version!
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Ah yes, Cannon Films. A company known for their less-than-professional looking work, and for being the “pioneers” of 80’s cheese. Nothing showcases their lack of expertise more than their Movie Tales series, which were cheap film productions of fairy tales made with a “big” star in the cast and not much else. Oh, and let’s not forget, they were also (
terrible) musicals! Insert all of the sarcastic confetti here, please.
If you couldn’t guess what this is all leading to, today’s Tale as Old as Time Rewind will be about the 1987 Cannon Films version of Beauty and the Beast – and it has more cheese than a cheddar fondue. So turn on your smoke machines and grab all your biggest feathered hats – let’s take a look at this bit of 80’s insanity.
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As a child of the late 80’s/90’s, I grew up with one particular version of Beauty and the Beast which stuck with me big time. It would remain not just one of my favorite adaptations, but one of my favorite TV series of all time. So welcome back to Tale as Old as Time Rewind, where this week we’re going to explore the underground caves and subway lines of a show you may have heard of. Let’s take a look at the 80’s TV version of Beauty and the Beast – starring Terminator‘s Linda Hamilton and Hellboy‘s Ron Perlman.
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If you have been following this site for a while, you’ll know that your good ol’ friend Dalin has been a bit obsessed with a certain Disney release coming in March 17th of next year. And she’s also been waiting a heck of a long time for the official, non-teaser trailer to drop. With the release of Moana shortly, it makes sense that the House of Mouse finally gave this Movie Princess what she wanted. And it truly is a dream come true.
Prepare the nostalgic tissues and click below to see the fully, edited masterpiece in all its trailer perfection glory.
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Yes, my friends! The day (and teaser trailer) is here. Disney has finally given us our first look at their live action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans (along with a excellent supporting cast.) And though this is nowhere near full of all the BatB goodness this movie has in store, this is an excellent taste of what is in store for this magical movie going experience.
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Here we are again, updating you on more Beauty and the Beast news. As some of you may have noticed, we have yet to know who would be playing the famous dancing candle man himself, Lumiere. Well, we now have our answer and it is by far the most baffling announcement coming from this movie. So who is the lucky actor to get the role? Ewen McGregor. (SOURCE)
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Welcome to another addition of Theater Thursday! This week, we’re bringing on that nostalgic magic and discussing some new things on the horizon. Princesses, sword fights, magic spells–yeah, you know the drill. So grab your sparkly shoes, your cassette tape soundtracks, and all your childhood feels–and let’s make some Theater magic!
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