Beauty and the Beast is a well-known tale from the Middle Ages, beginning in 1740. The rewritten version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve is the most well-known.
Today, the Disney Princess franchise is more well-known. There are some truly unique retellings that deserve to be honored. Some adaptations that hold true to the original tale, others that subvert all expectations.
Belle is one of the few modernized stories about young Suzu (Kaho Nakamura/Kylie McNeill), a shy, everyday high school student who has lost interest in singing and songwriting. When her concert is ruined by a monstrous user named The Dragon (Takeru Sato/Paul Castro Jr.), a vigilante group gathers to hunt him down.
Belle received a fourteen-minute standing ovation and was extremely well-received at the Cannes Film Festival. Unlike the original Beauty and the Beast, Belle undergoes an unlikely twist when they reveal the Dragons true identity. He isnt your typical handsome prince in disguise.
Strange Magic (2015)
Strange Magic is a Shakespearean adaptation of Midsummer Nights Dream, but the film also has a Beauty and the Beast vibe between the two main characters. When Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood), the beautiful fairy princess of the Light Kingdom, and the Bog King (Alan Cumming), the hideous, insectoid ruler of the Dark Kingdom, they are at conflict when he kidnaps Mariannes sister over a stolen love potion.
Belle sees beyond the Beast's horrible exterior to find a beautiful guy beneath. In Strange Magic, the Bog King never becomes handsome. He remains beautiful throughout the film, and Marianne stays beautiful.
La Belle et La Bete (2014)
This French film adaptation of Belles is perhaps the most faithful to Villenueve's original material. The merchant's father (Andre Dussollier) is forced to relocate his six children to the countryside. During one of his trips, the merchant discovers a hidden, yet magical castle. However, he oversteps his bounds when he steals a rose as a gift for Belle (Lea Seydoux) and the Beast (Vincent Cassel) of the castle demands
La Belle et La Bete is a far darker interpretation, delved deeper into the backstories of both Belle and the Beast. The only flaw in this version is the underdevelopment of the love for Belle and the Beast. Aside from that, the cinematography captures the magic and awe of this fairytale world in its entirety.
Penelope, a funny fairy tale adaptation, was born. Because her parents were a witch, her mother cursed the next daughter in their line to be born with the face of a pig. A curse that will only be broken when one of her species falls in love with her.
The film is light-hearted and romantic, without going overboard with the sentimentality. It's a family film, with a lovely message about learning to love yourself for who you are. Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, and Peter Dinklage are among the actors who make the film. It's definitely worth the time to catch a glimpse of something that warms your heart.
The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
The Beautician and the Beast is a romantic comedy starring Fran Drescher. A diplomat from the fictional Eastern European country of Slovetzia misidentifies her for a science teacher and proposes to hire her as a tutor for the children of Slovetzia's dictator, Timothy Dalton.
While the film is somewhat outdated, it is still very sweet, romantic, and enthralling. As their characters grow closer, Boris seeks out Joys' help to shake himself of his old self, while simultaneously showing us a soft and tender side to the story.
Panna a Netvor (1978)
Panna a Netvor, a Czechoslovak film adaptation, is not for the youngster to watch. It follows the usual tale of a widowed, bankrupt merchant who wanders across the city and seeks refuge in a decaying castle. However, the Beast allows him to leave as long as one of his daughters takes his place out of their own free will.
Panna a Netvor is a horrible and terrifying film that takes an entirely different approach to The Beauty and the Beast. The film is drenched by a dark, gloomy landscape, haunting church-pipes, and a looming palace. Even the Beast is different from the usual cat/buffalo creations, this film is a beautiful and moving gothic horror twist.
La Belle et La Bete (1946)
La Belle et La Bete is a timeless film and is perhaps the most influential image on this list. It follows Belle's merchant father (Marcel Andre) being kidnapped by the Beast (Jean Marais) after stealing a rose from his garden. Belle (Josette Day) takes his place after receiving an ultimatum from the Beast and becomes his captive. Every day, the Beast asks her to marry him and every day she refuses, until he slowly earns her love
The Beast is stunningly beautiful, with elaborate costumes and stunning sets, even in black and white. The animation for this film is a triumph for its time, as were the incredible practical effects. Yet this film was made towards the end of WWII, a time when fear was deep in the French people's hearts.