Who could forget the opening to Beauty and the Beast, where the townsfolk of the Little Town greeted Belle with a lyrical “Bonjour?” Fast forward 26 years later (do you feel old yet?), and Disney’s live-action adaptation of the movie is just a part of the studio’s newest tradition of turning animated films into live-action ones.
While we’ve seen plenty of trailers in the past, the studio has released the film’s first clip, which features a snippet from what is presumably the opening song “Belle.” Check it out below.
The clip is somewhat different when compared to the actual opening number from the animated film. From the dance choreography to the physicality of the set designs and costumes, it all adds a little more nuance. So it should be interesting to see how well Disney translates the musical aspects of the animated film into live-action. While Cinderella and The Jungle Book have proven to be huge hits, this will be the first time that the studio has released a live-action adaptation of an animated film as a musical. We’ve also added the original animated version below just so that you can compare the two.
Starring is Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson.
Here’s an official synopsis:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disneyâ€™s animated classic â€œBeauty and the Beast,â€ a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. â€œBeauty and the Beastâ€ is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castleâ€™s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beastâ€™s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belleâ€™s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gastonâ€™s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as LumiÃ¨re, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.