For those still hungry for more Beauty and The Beast
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your budding Beauty and The Beast obsession while waiting for the new live action Disney film to come to video (in twelve weeks) here are a few things that might tide you over.
First I highly recommend the original 1740 Beauty and the Beast novel La Belle et la Bete by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It’s roughly two hundred pages long and there are two unabridged editions available right now on Amazon. Both are the same translation, they just divide the chapters differently.
This one is soft cover and has more chapter breaks (Otherwise they have the same text)
And this one is hard cover with less chapter breaks and is also illustrated with “interactive games” built in.
My second recommendation is for the Beauty and The Beast Broadway musical album. It has songs that don’t appear in the animated film or live action Beauty and The Beast and one song on the album “Home” was used as an instrumental in the 2017 Beauty and The Beast.
There is a 1987 Beauty and the Beast released by Canon. This one has songs and is very true to the fairy tale adapted from the novel (but not so much the actual novel.)
There is also the 1947 French film, the first film version of Beauty and The Beast (to my knowledge).
There is the 1987 Beauty and The Beast TV series (far superior to the recent one from CW).
There is also the TV series Once Upon a Time which merges the story of Rumplestiltskin with Beauty and The Beast and has Rumplestiltskin as The Beast in his glittering, scaled imp form. The most blatant Beauty and the Beast aspects are in the season one episode Skin Deep.
My seventh recommendation is the 2014 Beauty and The Beast French movie.
You may have seen this one on display in stores as it was shamelessly released in the US at the same time as the new live action Disney film. The 2014 Beauty and the Beast movie only recently got an American DVD / Blu Ray Release partly because of the new Disney animated film
You can watch it in French, or with English dub or English subtitles.
The 2014 Beauty and The Beast is a bit odd but visually very pretty. It doesn’t quite follow the novel but has elements of the novel and much like the Disney film it kind of does it’s own thing.
In this version The Prince’s backstory is told in periodic flashbacks. He was married to a beautiful woman and he became obsessed with hunting a golden hind (a magical deer). His wife made him promise to stop hunting to animal and he agreed. However he went back on his word and carried out the hunt anyway, killing the creature with a golden arrow (the only thing that could kill the golden hind). As she was dying the golden hind transformed into his wife, revealing that she had been a forest nymph all along.
Her father, the God of the Forest, punished the prince by turning him into a Beast, his companions into statues, and his hunting dogs into strange, large eyed, bunny-like creatures.
In this version Belle is the reincarnation of the wife he accidentally killed. It’s visually very pretty but I don’t really feel the chemistry between Belle and The Beast in this one and in fact Belle is kind of vicious toward him a few times.
I have mixed feelings about this one’s writing but it’s visually gorgeous and it has a sort of Gothic ambiance.