idk if you noticed this but at the finale chapeau was dancing with the old woman at the shop (which I assume is the bimbettes' mother). idk, I just find it an interesting detail.
Okay. My followers should know by now that I LOVE the attention to detail in this movie. So telling me a detail like this–one that I’ve missed–is greatly appreciated.
And also, since the attention to detail is so precise in this movie already, there has to be some kind of explanation for this. So. Here we go.
Not much is known about Chapeau throughout the BatB fandom. He was nameless in BatB 1991; the only thing we really knew about him was that he played the violin. In the 2017 remake, he’s present for a lot more of the scenes: Not only does he punch LeFou in the face, he also collaborates with Cadenza (twice), helps present the food (and picks up Lumiere and Cogsworth when they fall off the table) during “Be Our Guest” and even saves Chip’s life during the fading scene. He’s just out of frame most times, but he does these things that make people take notice of him. So obviously, Bill and the others were trying to make him more of a character, give him more of a story.
So the fact that he’s dancing with the Bimbette’s mother was definitely put there intentionally. So here I’m thinking “Okay, if he’s dancing with their mom, then he must have some sort relation to the Bimbettes. Thing is, what kind of relation?”
My first theory is that he had a romantic relationship with one of them, and that she forgot about him when the curse was cast and started pining after Gaston with her sisters instead. It would be perfectly normal for a guy to dance with his date’s mom, right? Well, in the 18th century, it should be fine…right? (As you can see I know nothing about that sort of etiquette…)
My second theory is that he’s the Bimbettes’ older brother. And this took a lot of digging, but I found Thomas Padden’s (Chapeau) and Rafaëlle Cohen’s (one of the Bimbettes) online resumes. Both didn’t specify what their exact ages were, but I did a little math with the years that were on their resumes, and found that Cohen is probably in her late twenties/early thirties and that Padden can pass as 31 to 40 years old in acting jobs. So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume that the Bimbettes are Chapeau’s younger sisters. In that case, he’d be dancing with his mom. Which I definitely know is acceptable. For any time period.