Beauty and the Beast

What Happens When ‘Doctor Who’ Travels Into Disney’s Fairy Tale World

The Doctor has traveled all over the universe and across time, and it’s not unusual for him to interact with some famous historical figures from time to time. But why stop with Charles Dickens? Illustrator Karen Hallion envisions the Time Lord’s meetings with famous fairy tale figures (particularly those in the Disney canon) in her series Fairy Tale Who (via this isn’t happiness). What happens when the likes of Snow White and Cinderella step into the TARDIS? Well, you’ll have to come up with your own answers, but click through this gallery and let Hallion’s images inspire your own Doctor Who / Disney fan fiction. … Read More

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The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture

Here at Flavorpill, we’re always on the lookout for a great library — even if that library happens to be fictional. So we’ve sifted through literature, film, and television to bring you ten of the best libraries ever… Read More

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Voice Actors Who Look Like Their Characters

Every now and then, a voice actor will bear an absurd resemblance to the cartoon character he or she plays. Although we’re aware that the characters at hand were likely animated with the voice actors’ features in mind, we still enjoyed discovering how much Snow White looks like the woman who provides her voice, Adriana Caselotti, and how much Up’s Carl Fredricksen looks like Ed Asner with glasses. After the jump, we’ve placed a collection of famous cartoon characters side by side with their voice actor twins. Check ‘em out, and hit the comments to add any other character and actor combinations that you’ve found to be similarly fascinating. … Read More

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Video Essay: “The Semi-Obligatory Lyrical Interlude (A Case Study)”

In his Bigger Little Movie Glossary, Roger Ebert defines the “Semi-Obligatory Lyrical Interlude” (or “Semi-OLI,” for short) thus: “Scene in which soft focus and slow motion are used while a would-be hit song is performed on the soundtrack and the lovers run through a pastoral setting.” He notes that the Semi-OLI first came into prominence in the late 1960s, and though it eventually fell out of favor, it soon mutated into the “Semi-Obligatory Music Video” from the 1980s forward; the Semi-OLI or Semi-OMV remained prominent in romantic movies, though usually to show a particularly successful first date, or to compress the process of a couple falling deeply in love.

The Semi-OLI became such a cliché that it seemed had finally disappeared, which is why your correspondent was horrified to see at least three examples of it at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival — and these were in (otherwise good) independent films, mind you, not insipid Katherine Heigl rom-coms or something. Is the Semi-Obligatory Lyrical Interlude making a comeback? We hope not. For this week’s video essay, we’ve smashed together over a dozen egregious examples of this device, along with a couple of parodies for the sake of levity. Check out our latest video essay after the jump. … Read More

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Guillermo Del Toro Will Direct Emma Watson in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Guillermo Del Toro continues to prove he’s one of the busiest filmmakers in the biz. THR is reporting that the Devil’s Backbone director is set to helm a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. The film will be written by Bridget Jones’ Diary scribe Andrew Davies. Harry Potter… Read More

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A Short History of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Pop Culture

ABC recently announced an order for a new one-hour pilot based on Beauty and the Beast – about a week after The CW announced their own pilot for the same kind of show (though they claim theirs is a crime drama). Add to this the successful 3D re-release of the 1991 Disney animated film and it seems like it’s shaping up to be a great year for Belle and all her talking-furniture friends.

We’ve already revisited some other Beauty and the Beast-like girl-loves-ugly-boy couples – now let’s look at the many interpretations of the original French fairy tale that have surfaced throughout pop culture. … Read More

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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. … Read More

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This Week in Buzz

This week at BuzzFeed, we paid for the sins of last week. (But we thought it was worth it.) We welcomed Willow Smith to Meme Land with a Sesame Street tribute and a cockatoo. We made fun of Christine O’Donnell in every way … Read More

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