I was quoted a few times in this, though honestly I think my actual viewpoint is more toward the center - unfortunately it was just the more extreme sounding quotes used here, oh well 😂 maybe I will write more about it here later.
Ignoring that, you might find this an interesting piece. Doesn’t cover everything, but it covers a fair amount and has some new info on the making of the movie.
“Woolverton’s fight to shape Belle into a new kind of Disney heroine was just that — a fight, every step of the way,” wrote Time’s Eliza Berman in May 2016. Her scripts took almost jaw-droppingly retrogressive rewrites:
In one scene, for example, Woolverton wrote Belle sticking pins into a map of all the places she wished to travel. By the time it got to storyboarding, Belle had been rewritten into a kitchen, decorating a cake. Woolverton protested, and the compromise that was reached had Belle with her nose in a book, a pastime at first considered too passive to be compellingly animated, which is why she always walks as she reads.
It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered