As was true of Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016) and Pete’s Dragon (2016), Walt Disney Pictures’ Beauty and the Beast was reinterpreted to appeal to modern audiences. “It wasn’t about changing anything,” producer David Hoberman insisted. “It was about adding dimension to it. We give [fans] everything that they expect and more—no more for more’s sake, more for story’s sake and character’s sake.”
And so for sixteen long years the whereabouts of the princess remained a mystery, while deep in the forest, in a woodcutter’s cottage, the good fairies carried out their well-laid plan. Living like mortals, they had reared the child as their own and called her Briar Rose.