me: i’m so fed up with seeing straight couples in movies!! cadenza: plays his music louder so his wife can hear it from higher up in the castle because they’re unable to actually get to each other for years me:
Wtf did disney do to make us fall in love with a couple that is barely seen. Even when they become human again we only see them for a brief second.
Oh, you know Disney; it always has its magic touch…
But no, I think the real reason why the musicians have received so many positive reactions is because Disney gave us a reason to look.
Take the prologue. If we weren’t looking at the prince we were looking at the Madame. She stands out by a ton, with her wig and her dress and her place above the dancers like the full-blown opera diva she is. And if we weren’t looking, we were listening, and by heaven, she’s the best singer in the entire production. Plus if you know the lyrics to the Aria, she’s setting the prince up to be initially hate-able to the audience. She owns the prologue, no competition there.
And then, because he’s in her vicinity, we notice Cadenza. Even while the prince is dancing, the camera cuts away for little snippets of Cadenza’s expressions during the festivities, and he’s feeling every second of her performance and he’s so in love with her voice and her. And then we notice the harpsichord and I don’t know if you had this thought, but I remember thinking “Huh…that’s actually really good playing.” In fact, if people just listen to the audio, Cadenza’s a lot more prominent than one would initially think (because in the movie, the prologue gives us so much to look at that we hardly focus on the music. In fact, Cadenza’s got an amazing part in the OST “Castle Under Attack”–at around 3:28).
Another reason why they’re so noticeable is because–and this is a film trick that can be used in the best of ways–aside from the prince (but he’s so covered in makeup anyway), they’re the only ones whose faces are shown.
Even I have trouble remembering that the other servants were present for the entire dance because we were only shown their backs. If we did see their fronts, their faces were hidden in shadow. The only reactions we got to the prince’s transformation were Cadenza’s and Garderobe’s. And they weren’t so much terrified as they were in awe, but they helped put us in that moment.
The same thing happens at the end of the movie, when Garderobe’s singing the finale. They are literally the last faces we see. She sings the last E-flat, Cadenza’s hands go up to play the final note, and then the screen cuts to black. In a way, it started and ended with them, plus they represent and pay homage to what made this movie such a blast back in 1991: music. And above all, that’s what makes them so important.
CADENZA AND GARDEROBE! They’re MARRIED, and they had to deal with that spell! I feel like they met at a performance, like he was in the audience watching her sing, and it was love at first sight. She was his muse–he wrote art song after after art song after art song SPECIFICALLY FOR HER. They were soulmates and had a habit of performing together, and everyone loved them.
For years, they couldn’t bond over Cadenza writing music for them to rehearse and perform together. They couldn’t be intimate on any level, either!
They’re HUSBAND AND WIFE, and because they happened to be performing at Adam’s party that day, they were cursed.
Seeing them together again was so rewarding for me. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Some live-action BATB headcanons (mostly about Lumiere and Plumette’s wedding because I’m a sap):
Prince/Beast is bi or pan (”…his parties with the most beautiful people,” “…and earn their love in return”).
Before the spell was broken, the members of the staff who were able to move throughout the castle would relay messages between Cadenza and Garderobe from time to time.
Lumiere and Plumette get engaged soon after they become human again. Lumiere had promised her it would happen once the curse was lifted, and sometimes talking about their possible future was comforting to them.
Lumiere makes Cogsworth his best man, mostly because he’s very organized, but also because it means he’ll have to give a toast and admit that Lumiere has good points.
Chip is the ring bearer.
Cadenza plays the processional music, and Garderobe sings for their first dance (okay I’m going by modern wedding customs, I don’t know if any of this is how they did it in 18th century France).
Lumiere cries when he sees her in the dress.
So does Cogsworth.
Everyone’s crying or almost crying during the vows, mainly because they thought there would never be a chance for this to happen.
When the officiant says “You may now kiss the bride” he hasn’t even finished the sentence before Plumette grabs Lumiere’s face and kisses him.
The Prince insists on throwing them a huge reception in the ballroom and basically invites the entire town (LeFou goes with his new boyfriend, of course).
Plumette has a dance with Chip and he’s standing on her feet the whole time and it’s adorable.
Everyone keeps saying how Plumette is the most beautiful woman there (and let’s be real, she is). Lumiere can’t take his eyes off her and he keeps smiling because he’s so ridiculously in love with her and he can’t believe his luck.