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‘Beauty and the Beast-Style’ Love on Film

Disney’s 1991 animated favorite Beauty and the Beast is being re-released in theaters on January 13. The studio saw dancing dollar signs in their eyes when a 3D re-release of The Lion King performed well at the box office. They decided to give their film about an unlikely love connection the same treatment. The mouse house has three other 3D versions planned for Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid — which is a genuinely cool opportunity to enjoy the classics on the big screen if you missed them the first time.

The contemporary screen fable was inspired by the 18th century fairy tale La Belle et la Bête and Jean Cocteau’s stunning movie of the same name — both of which didn’t feature Law & Order‘s Jerry Orbach as the voice of a feisty French candelabra, but all things can’t be perfect. The trope of the angsty monster — a device sometimes used quite literally and other times implied — soothed by a kind and loving lady has been a cinematic plot line for ages (cue “Tale As Old As Time”). We looked at several examples of beauty and beast romance on film past the break. Did we leave out your favorite star-crossed lovers? Share them with us below.

 

Edward Scissorhands

The gothic, fairy tale archetypes in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands couldn’t be more inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The 1990 fantasy feature about an unusual, naive boy-creature who falls for the neighborhood sweetheart doesn’t have the perfect, happy ending that the animated film does, but its tale of troubled love essentially plays out the same. The impressionable Edward finds himself in the hands of an Avon woman and her family after his master and inventor dies. The neighbors are able to look past his frightening exterior, to appreciate his scissory-y gifts. Meanwhile, Edward grows to love the family’s daughter, Kim, but their relationship is thwarted by angry locals who eventually believe he’s guilty of a terrible crime. It’s a dark take on what it means to be different, leaving Edward to return to the strange place he came from — a comment about acceptance and forgiveness.

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