the real beauty and the beast

beauty and the beast was not meant 2 be a live action movie……… least when it’s animated there is some natural suspension of belief but now. you are forced 2 confront the fact that a real human woman is falling in love with a lion/buffalo and just live with that discomfort for 2 hours and 10 minutes

What we really need is an adaptation of the original 1740 The Beauty and the Beast

So were you aware that the The Beauty and the Beast story we all know is a heavily abridged and rewritten version of a much longer novella by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve?  And that a lot of the plot holes existing in the current versions exist because the 1756 rewrite cut out the second half of the novella, which consisted entirely of the elaborate backstory that explains all the weird shit that happened before?  And that the elaborate backstory is presented in a way that’s kind of boring because the novel had only just been invented in 1740 and no one knew how they worked yet, but contains a bazillion awesome ideas that beg for a modern retelling?  And that you are probably not aware that the modern world needs this story like air but the modern world absolutely needs this story like air?  Allow me to explain:

The totally awesome elaborate backstory that explains Beauty and the Beast

  • Once upon a time there was a king, a queen, and their only son
  • But while the prince was still in his infancy, in a neat reversal of how these fairy tales usually go, the king tragically died, leaving his wife to act as Regent until their son reaches maturity
  • Unfortunately, the rulers of all the lands surrounding them go, “Hmm, the kingdom is ruled by a woman now, it must be weak, time for an invasion!”
  • And the Queen goes, “Well, if I let some general fight all these battles for me, he’ll totally amass enough fame and power to make a bid for the throne; if I want to protect my son’s crown, I have no choice but to take up arms and lead the troops myself!
  • (Btw, I want to stress that this woman is not Eowyn or Boudica and nothing in the way her story is presented suggests that she had any interest martial exploits before or in any way came to enjoy them during these battles.  This is a perfectly ordinary court lady who would much rather be embroidering altar covers for the royal chapel and playing with her child until necessity made her go, “Oh no, this sucks, I guess I have to become a Warrior Queen now” and she just happened to kick ass at it anyway.)
  • And the Queen totally kicked ass, but the whole “twice as good for half the credit” thing meant that no matter how many battles she won, potential enemies refused to take her and her army seriously until she had defeated them so no sooner would she fend off one invasion than another one would pop up on a different border.
  • So she spent the majority of her young son’s life away from the castle leading armies, but it was OK because she left him in the care of her two best friends, who just happen to be fairies!  This was an awesome idea because a) fairies have magic, and therefore are like the best people to protect the prince from any threats and b) fairies consider themselves to be so above humanity that the lowest fairy outranks the highest mortal, so they’d have no interest in taking a human throne.  Good thing they were both good fairies instead of one good and one evil one!
  • (Spoiler:  they were not both good fairies.)
  • So the two fairies basically take turns raising the prince until he’s old enough to rule.  And on the eve of his twenty-first birthday, the evil older one comes into the prince’s bedroom.
  • “So listen, kid.  You’re about to become king, your mother’s on her way home from the war to see you crowned, and I have a third piece of good news for you!  You see, I’ve actually been spending so much time here lately because Fairyland’s become a bit too hot to hold me for reasons totally not related to me being secretly evil.  And if I have to hang in the human world, I might as well reside in the upper echelons of it, so even though as a powerful fairy I completely eclipse your puny human status in a staggeringly unimaginable way, since you’re about to be king and since my premonition that I should stick this whole guardianship thing out because you would be hot one day has totally proved accurate (go me), I will graciously lower myself to allowing you to marry me.  Please feel free to grovel at my feet in gratitude.  (Btw, we can totally start the wedding night now, we’ll tell your mother about it when she arrives tomorrow.)”

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The most unrealistic part of beauty and the beast is when belle is reading shakespeare to beast and she’s sitting down and reading it out in a soft sighing way and beast is like “ahhh so nice” everyone knows that a real lit nerd would read shakespeare by standing on a chair while screaming and crying, where is my scene where belle teaches beast how to read shakespeare but she’s yelling and beast is roaring and she’s like “GATHER STRENGTH FROM THE BUTTOCKS, CLENCH AND FEEL THE RHYTHMS IN YOUR H E A R T YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE YOUR SOUL TO THE BARD” and beast fucking trashes the room and breaks a chair and she grabs his snarling face like “YES, YES YOU FEEL IT” and all the servants are watching in confusion while they’re screaming verses at each other saying “I guess it’s love??”

  • dan stevens: -appears-
  • me: nice
  • dan stevens: speaks, sings, growls, makes a noise of any kind
  • me: WoAaaaH, Man! stop for a hot second there !!!!!! i'm not diddly dang okay with you parading in here all /!!!!!!/ like this. be considerate, there are other people in this world? no one will ever sound like that again adn do you know how DEVASTATINGG that is? check your privilege and maybe think about other peoples feelings? don't make people's lives peak like that, it's unfair to the moments people will live w/ out your voice jsyk

We dangerous ones

Aaah, the Lethifold! One of my favourite creatures from reading the book as a child. Thanks to @zinfandelli for suggesting it as a creature, I was psyched to draw Credence with one. 
(And of course I saw the official design on the bluray just as I was about to start colouring, and had to change up a bunch of stuff from my sketch haha)
Art blog: questionartbox

Is no one going to talk about the scene at the end of Beauty and The Beast (2017) where everyone is turning into “antiques”? It starts with Lumiere crying over Plumettes motionless body & I’M SHOOK! GARDEROBE & CADENZA REACH FOR EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER & THEN THEY SLOWLY FADE AWAY. & Then Mrs. Potts is looking for Chip & then she freezes & Chip almost crashes to the ground?!?!?! MY SOUL LEFT MY DAMN BODY!! And then Cogsworth says to Lumiere “It’s been an honor serving with you my friend?” WHAT THE HELL?!?! THAT WAS TRAUMATIZING!! DISNEY WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS WITH MY HEART; I FELT MY CHILDHOOD DIE!!

favorite parts of beauty and the beast:

  • “oh are you busy?” “No.”
  • the complete disdain for gaston as belle sings about being his wife
  • mrs potts explaining that there’s a reason the beast became the man he was, and a reason why the servants were punished
  • “i had a very expensive education”
  • “was that a joke? are you joking now?”
  • beast’s incredibly formal way of asking belle if she liked him, like for real imma use that on my crush. “i suppose its foolish to hope that one’s affections might be realized” i fucking love him.
  • the wardrobe dressing the three thugs and the one guy really feeling himself after
  • Me two days ago: Okay so Beauty and the Beast is my favorite animated movie and Belle is very special to me and I'm just really worried the live action is going to suck I'm not crazy about Emma's singing and also the dress is hideous and I mean ugh I'm just terrified I'll hate it

Still neck deep in this fandom lol I just want my life back…

Wishing good luck to Le Duo and BATB on their nominations for the MTV movie awards tonight!

And thank you for all the amazing feedback over my last few posts! I wish I could give an individual thanks to each and everyone who liked, reblogged, and commented!

Animator research: Glen Keane

Glen Keane is a former Disney animator, who worked on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Tangled. His primary medium is traditional hand-drawn animation - even for the CG film Tangled, traditional animations were made to aid the style and look of the digital animation.

I’m not a fan of the ‘Disney’ art style, but I find Glen Keane’s work an inspiration for animation. None of his Disney characters are ‘cartoony’; i.e. zany / over the top cartoon style, something which I find cringeworthy - and although still characteristically ‘Disney’ they are incredibly lifelike and convincingly real.

Originally posted by 2dtraditionalanimation

Glen Keane focuses heavily on anatomy as an animator, which really shows. Especially Tarzan, who is physical in ever aspect of the character; muscular, always moving, and with the additional challenge of behaving like a great ape.

I think this is the most impressive aspect for me - how every figure or motion looks undeniably living and solid, even though it is made up of a few pencil lines. I also like how rough and sketchy his work is - it is quite reassuring as I personally find it hard to animate clean lines / shapes. 

Infamously this resulted in the clean up artists having quite a task in Beauty and the Beast. However in many ways, less is more, and it is the basic shapes and path of movement that really matters.

Originally posted by picturepowderinabottle

In Nephtali, he first-hand observed and drew a real ballerina performing various movements. Although the final animation is quite rough charcoal (there is a lot of line boiling) the constancy of anatomy never fails and the resulting dance is hypnotically realistic.

Originally posted by kameliendame

You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.