Beauty and the Beast

Certain as the Sun Rising in the East by Kat Hudson

One of my all-time favourite Disney films is Beauty and the Beast (1991) so perhaps there is no need to say that I am excited for the live-action version coming next month. Fun fact: Did you know that the original story is believed to be more than 4000 years old?!

As the new release approaches, more and more movie themed merchandise is made available — below are some of the things I fancy the most.

Moleskine Limited Edition Rose Notebook | Q-pot Belle Yellow Dress Ring | Disneyland Paris Lumiére Light-Up Figurine | Q-pot Belle Pink Dress Bag Charm | Disney Chip Mug | Disneyland Paris Clocksworth Clock | Samantha Thavasa Beauty and the Beast Wallet

I find the Clocksworth clock very quirky cute and I’d love to have him on display in my living room. I also think the dress-shaped cake bag charm is to die for. Belle’s gorgeous yellow dress has clearly been the inspiration for a lot of the items. Belle yellow should totally be the name of that particular yellow hue, don’t you think?

There are a lot of other cute Beauty and the Beast-themed goodies to be found, such as colouring books (for adults). Are you too hooked on them? If not you really should look in to it — it’s very relaxing and a lot of fun as well.

  1. Beauty and the Beast: Colouring Book and Removable Poster
    ISBN 8854411663
  2. Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity
    ISBN 1484789725
  3. Color the Classics: Beauty and the Beast: A Deeply Romantic Coloring Book
    ISBN 1626923930
  4. The Beauty and the Beast Colouring Book
    ISBN 1509839364

Beauty and the Beast by Joey Chou

There are a number of other cute Beauty and the Beast films to watch while waiting for the coming premiere:

  • Panna a Netvor (1978)
    A dark and fairly true version to Leprince de Beaumont’s original story. In Czech.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2009)
    A cheaply made gore-filled horror story loosely based on the classic. It’s cringeworthily bad and that alone makes it worth watching.
  • Beastly (2011)
    A modern (made for teens) take on the fairy tale, and while the plot of the handsome prince cursed to be a monster is used it’s quite another interpretation of the original.
  • Die Schöne und das Biest (2012)
    A shorter film part of the German mini-series: Märchenperlen. It’s cute and sometimes funny — this one is more of a childrens’/family movie. In German.
  • La Belle et La Bête (2014)
    Definitely made for adults and fairly true to the first written tale. Unfortunately also my least favourite of them all. I just don’t like the great age difference between Beauty and the Beast, though {I believe} that is how it was originally written. In French.
  • Der Prinz im Bärenfell (2015)
    Also a shorter film, part of another recurring German mini-series: 6 auf einen Strech. It’s not actually based on Beauty and the Beast at all, but on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s many fairy tales, which however is a rather similar one to the original French story. In German.

Do you like Beauty and the Beast? If so, which version do you like the best? If not, which is your favourite Disney movie?

February 26, 2017
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