Fans continue to rave about the upcoming live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Disney seems to have hit the goldmine once again with “Beauty and the Beast.” Its original animated release in 1991 had a noteworthy achievement at the box office at the time. It is beyond doubt that the live-action remake will be a significant success as well.
Yet the premiere of its trailer seems to have done more than raise anticipation for the remake. It’s also made it possible for many of the first audiences who watched the nineties animation to find out certain truths behind the story. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton shared what she knows.
1. Belle’s famous yellow dress scored major points with viewers then. Hence, many want to know where it came from, Vanity Fair asked. “It could have been one of wardrobe’s dresses because she was thin as a human, but she can’t wear it now because she’s a wardrobe. It probably was her dress,” Woolverton revealed.
2. She considers Emma Watson as the perfect Belle. “I haven’t seen it yet but I think that’s fantastic. I absolutely think she is amazing and a perfect Belle, really. I thought it was a great casting choice,” Woolverton told VF.
3. Woolverton revealed her struggle to rework Belle’s character at the time when Disney princesses fit into a specific mold. She told IGN about her desire to create a “new and surprising” princess with Belle wasn’t initially welcomed. Fortunately, they found a middle ground.
She wanted Belle to be more adventurous, while original storyboards showed her decorating cakes. Eventually, a compromise was made and they settled on Belle’s interest in books, IGN wrote.
4. Woolverton also set the record straight on talks that Belle suffered from “Stockholm Syndrome.” “I disagree! She was captured, but she transformed him. She didn’t become, you know, an object. [Laughs] She didn’t turn into a beast! She transformed him. So it was certainly the transformative power of love and what it can do,” she told the publication.
5. Interestingly, Teen Vogue noted the similarity of the original trailer for the animated film to that of the remake. Watch their side-by-side comparison.
“Beauty and the Beast” was Woolverton’s first venture as a screenwriter for Disney. She went on to create other beloved film scripts like “The Lion King,” “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and its sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Vanity Fair wrote.