I have mentioned this before, but I wanted to bring it up again…Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite Disney movie of all time. It is a close call between it and the Lion King, but Belle has always been close to my heart. It could be her fascination with stories and adventure, or because she is the one that wasn’t really looking for her prince. She just happened to find him due to her innate nature of kindness. Belle is a beauty who doesn’t like being told what to do and isn’t afraid to show off her intellectual side. She was one of the first Disney princesses to break stereotypes. And she is one of the main reasons why I love Beauty and the Beast.
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Not only am I a fan of Belle, but I am also a fan of the many other characters in the story.
The Beast presents this storyline of the idea that any person can change. Even a person who’s heart is selfish and cruel, they can be changed if they just learn. He is one that was influenced by his surroundings and became the physical beast that his heart had shown, but with “a little love and tenderness” he changes.
Then there’s Lumiere and Coggsworth – I mean, who doesn’t love their dynamic. Their cheeky retorts towards one another added this comical element that isn’t matched by many of the Disney films. And even though they sometimes can’t stand each other, they are brothers.
She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within
And don’t get me started on Mrs. Potts. In the recent version where they cast Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, I couldn’t hold my excitement as she was a perfect fit for this character. The soul of Mrs. Potts is beyond pure. And the maternal way that she not only takes care of her own son, Chip but of the Beast and Belle is just to be marveled at. They all should be recognized for the work and love that they show the Beast. The Beast put them in this situation of being cursed, but they still love him and take care of him and try to correct him in the best way that they can.
My family knows that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. When my mom, sister, and I went to Disney World earlier this year on our Mommy + Me trip, they knew that I needed to go meet Belle – even as a 26-year-old. It was just necessary. She stands for so much more than a princess.