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  • Accidental Aesop: The townsfolk repeatedly call Belle "strange" and "odd", presumably because she is a bookworm and ignores the local jerk. So the lesson of the song is, "If you are kind, chaste, and intellectual, people will think you are weird and your only friends will be talking furniture." This could, however, also be taken in the in-verse, seeing as Belle is quite clearly the protagonist and the folks are not all portrayed positively. "Remain true to yourself despite what others think".
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly."
    • Gaston's Villain Song includes the line "You can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley/ And they'd tell you whose team they'd prefer to be on!" So, Even the Guys Want Him?
    • "And every last inch of me's covered in hair!" — assuming it's not fully intentional!
    • When the Wardrobe opens her doors and is embarrassed to see moths fly out, the scene can instead make it seem like she accidentally flashed Belle due to the placement of the doors and her face being on top. Perhaps intentionally, the 2017 version averts this by placing her face inside the cabinet and letting the moths fly out of a drawer instead.
  • Adaptation Displacement: This Disney film has become the defining version of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale, even more so than the 1946 French film that it took some of its cues from. Its characterizations of Belle as an intelligent, strong-willed bookworm instead of the blander Beauty from the original tale and the Beast as having been cursed for his selfishness and needing to learn how to become kinder over the course of the story instead of a generally decent man who merely ran afoul of an evil fairy, in particular, have influenced virtually all later adaptations.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Some people have argued that the Beast's story is a metaphor for the AIDS crisis of the gay community in the 1980's, when the movie was made (there's even Reality Subtext here, as composer Howard Ashman died of AIDS just before the film was released). The argument goes as follows: the Beast is hit with a debilitating curse that strips him of his humanity; he's forced to live in complete isolation, hating the world that he was once a part of; the villagers, upon hearing about the Beast, give into threats that he'll harm their children and generally express their hatred of anything unlike themselves ("we don't like what we don't understand, in fact it scares us, and this monster is mysterious at least..."), with the (straight) men of the town deciding to brutally attack and kill the "different" person; and they're led by an extremely macho villain who is wholly motivated by his heterosexuality and spreads baseless lies about the Beast for his own gain. This is even more apparent in the Broadway version, where it's made clear that the enchantress' spell works like an illness that gradually makes the Beast grow worse.note  This does not quite seem to work with the ending breaking the spell through true love (would that imply that AIDS can be cured by true love?), and has the Unfortunate Implications of AIDS making you monstrous, homosexuals being monstrous, and AIDS/homosexuality being cured by a woman falling in love with the Beast.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Perhaps the biggest one, in that it even inspired a lot of debate and even fights behind the scenes, is the question: Who is the actual protagonist? Belle is certainly the viewpoint character, and most of the story is told from her perspective, but the character who develops and changes the most as a person, and whose actions drive most of the plot, is the Beast. Lyricist Howard Ashman in particular was convinced of this, and modern critics are more and more inclined to agree.
    • In a departure from the original story in which the Beast was kind and gentlemanly (if very rarely hot-tempered), the Disney character starts off angry and depressed and has all the classic trappings of the villain.
    • Commentary from the filmmakers has fueled theories that the Beast is near-suicidal for much of the film and his rescue of Belle from the wolves was also an attempt to kill himself while doing something meaningful.
    • Fans are divided between thinking the enchantress was a Well-Intentioned Extremist, a benevolent fairy, or a particularly cruel member of The Fair Folk who cursed an innocent child and entire castle for a relatively petty offense (though breaking or denying Sacred Hospitality was a serious offense in old times). Some people even view her as the true Big Bad.
    • Belle:
      • Is she a well-meaning bookworm unfairly made an outcast by the villagers, or is she actually a snob deserving of being ostracised? She certainly wants a more exciting life than what she finds in "this poor provincial town", but at the same time the villagers turn out to be much nastier than they appear...and have no problem with holding up Gaston as a hero and supporting anything he does, including continuing to pursue her even though she's not interested. It doesn't help that the stage musical makes the "snob" interpretation more valid: The additional song "No Matter What" has Maurice actually telling her "They [the villagers] are the common herd/Take my word" — which also makes him look bad.
      • Alternately, is Belle experiencing a similar character arc to the Beast's, rather than remaining as static as she seems? She's the one person from a wealthy and educated family in a blue-collar town, and she's openly contemptuous of her social inferiors (who would be one step up from serfs in context, while she and her father would be petty nobility). The books she carts around alone are worth enough money to buy half of the village outright, and her father has access to machined gears while everyone else lives in basically the dirt. So does meeting the castle slaves, who are actual serfs, and being won over by them represent an actual character arc, the out-of-touch noblewoman realizing the value of commoners and learning not to be such a jerk to people outside her immediate peers? Is the Belle who is willing to give marrying a literal animal a try the same girl who previously dismissed everyone who couldn't read (a skill quite literally solely possessed by the idle rich and the clergy) as trash?
    • Cogsworth: Is he the cliché frumpy disciplinarian present in the Disney movies like Zazu and Lawrence or is his personality based more of a child under an abusive parent, who's in fear of angering the parent and has to stop others from pissing them off in fear of what happens?
    • The song "Be Our Guest". Do the servants want to make Belle feel welcomed in the castle and be kind to her, or are they only being extremely courteous to her at dinner because she is able to change them back into humans? (Notably, the original plan was for the characters to sing this to Maurice, which would fall under the former interpretation, but the filmmakers felt it was better to use such a big number in the service of one of the leads.)
    • The villagers. Are they misguided people who are genuinely afraid that the Beast might harm their children? Or are they true monsters of this film, since they're the ones who put Gaston on a pedestal and back his more devious plans? The fact that they willingly supported Gaston's plan to blackmail Belle into marrying him, despite his revealing enough of it to know how horrific of a plan it is, with absolutely no sign of fear, strongly supports that theory.
    • Gaston.
      • Is he a complete jerk? Is he actually a fun guy with a zest for life who thinks that Belle has been driven mad, because she seems to think that this monster is a nice guy? Is it him who winds up going mad after Belle rejects him and humiliates him in front of the entire town? It's worth noting that he was originally supposed to die by falling off a cliff and laughing hysterically, indicating that he had indeed been driven mad in his desperate effort to impress Belle.
      • Another interpretation: Gaston is a man too caught up in being the "ideal man" in his community that he cannot express himself outside of macho stereotypes. It should be noted that while it has the trappings of wanting what you are denied, the audience doesn't really get to see the village itself and the only other women we see are swooning and passive with Gaston. Maybe deep down, he wants the woman who is different because she will actually display a personality despite what tradition says. Unfortunately as a product of the society, Gaston regurgitates these ideals (women shouldn't read & think) because it is what his culture tells him is proper. The fact that Belle is brave enough to buck these traditions despite the pressure of their culture may be what truly appeals to Gaston deep down, as a man so thoroughly trapped by the masculine ideal. Listen to his boastful song, that is either an extremely arrogant man who is supported in his arrogance by his peers, or a deeply insecure man whose life's purpose is "to be the best" and any deviation from that would render him worthless. Ultimately, his unwillingness/inability to change/escape his such trappings, and his twisted approach to courting/acquiring what he desires (Belle) is what leads to his downfall. Not blaming the village itself, as the village showed deep adoration for Gaston, they may have changed too once he was brave enough. However, Gaston had a choice of how he interacted with Belle and he chose poorly many times. As pointed out elsewhere, in a WMG, Beast and Gaston could easily have turned out like each other if a few details were changed.
      • Jerk or not, it's a common interpretation that Gaston's response to Belle's situation is much more reasonable than the film treats it. He ignores the town's resident crazy at first, but when he realizes that Belle is actually missing, and that both she and her father were kidnapped by a murderous magical beast... well, he's the town's hunter, taking care of dangerous animals is quite literally his job and from his perspective he isn't forming a mob to attack a misunderstood magical loner, he's rallying the townspeople to protect an unpopular girl in danger. Magic is essentially an Outside-Context Problem that he would have no idea how to deal with.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: By most metrics an aversion, with it being a critical darling and respected film to this day on par with many live-action musicals. However, this trope may have cost the film Best Picture back in the day.
  • Anvilicious: "True beauty lies within."
  • Audience-Coloring Adaptation: Disney's version is heavily ingrained in the mind whenever someone thinks about the story - from the action taking place in France, to the heroine's name being Belle, to the Beast's transformation being a karmic punishment and the rest of the castle being enchanted too. Any modern Beauty & the Beast adaptations or retellings will often homage Disney's in some way (which itself homages Jean Cocteau's version). Even compare the live action remake to that of Cinderella; the latter was a loose remake that was more like a different interpretation. Beauty and the Beast (2017) was a direct remake of the Disney film.
  • Award Snub:
  • Awesome Ego: Gaston was written to seem incredibly egotistical and self-absorbed. The viewers loved this.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Beauty and the Beast".
    • No Disney song has ever topped "Belle", which was nominated for Best Song, losing only to the title track.
    • Gaston's Villain Song became a meme for good reason.
    • "Something There", though not as famous as the others on this list, is what a song in a musical is supposed to do; it encapsulated a massive leap in character development that would have been incredibly awkward no matter what dialogue you tried to use.
    • "Be Our Guest," a rousing feast - beautifully animated - of a song also nominated for Best Song.
    • "The Mob Song" doesn't get mentioned a lot, but it perfectly encapsulates Gaston's Moral Event Horizon and sets up the battle between Gaston's followers and the Beast's servants.
    • Transformation is a thrillingly powerful piece that just soars as the Beast is turned back into a human. To say nothing of how epic the music gets on The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Belle. She's one of the most popular Disney princesses for starring in one of the most acclaimed films in the canon, for her proactive, headstrong behavior, and for her interest in reading which gives her character a strong progressive streak due to the backwards values of the village that she lives in. However, some people find her to be too passive and demure compared to later Disney princesses and heroines (especially as time has taken its toll on her character), and find the other characters to be more interesting to watch and follow. In particular, Disney fans who like action scenes have noted that Belle is one of the few main characters (along with Maurice) to not participate in any of the film's battles, let alone the climactic one at the end where almost everyone in the cast is involved. Kingdom Hearts II and the live-action remake have at least addressed this by giving Belle a small Adaptational Badass streak. But of course the base is still broken over whether those are changes that were needed or not.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The four-legged, spidery box thingy that takes Maurice back to the village, which is never seen again. Which given how this version's curse works probably used to be a carriage horse.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gaston has a large fanbase who are willing to overlook the fact that he is a misogynistic, arrogant, murderous jealous man. Some of his fans even think Belle is either crazy for rejecting him, or a stupid bitch that he didn't deserve anyway. Also many say that Gaston is a saint compared to the Beast (who in turn gets the Ron the Death Eater treatment), even overlooking the whole forcing Belle's father to be committed to an insane asylum thing.
  • Ear Worm: No one's fed like Gaston! Or wears red like Gaston! No one gets a song stuck in your head like Gaston!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Lumiere is pretty popular, mainly thanks to his charming personality and performance of "Be Our Guest".
    • LeFou and the Wardrobe are very minor characters, but they're so much fun that almost everyone remembers them.
    • Fifi the feather duster (or Babette as she's called in the stage version) is also a fun character and gets a much larger role in the stage version. In almost any production, about half of the girls whom you'd think would be auditioning for Belle actually want to be Babette.
    • Monsieur D'Arque. He's only in the film briefly, but Tony Jay gives such a memorable performance that it's easy to remember him. Disney certainly did, and he was recruited to voice Frollo 5 years later in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Evil Is Cool: No one schemes like Gaston! No one memes like Gaston! No one's biceps can break steel beams like Gaston!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Gaston. He's devilishly handsome and everyone knows it, but he has no inner good...
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Particularly with how cruel and violent the Beast acts in the Disney version, critics have pointed out that the story could be read as teaching "If you stick with an abusive relationship it will eventually all turn out for the best." Although it should be noted that Belle doesn't actually start warming up to the Beast until after he starts treating her more civilly, and up until that point doesn't really take his guff. The sticking point for this particular theory being that she takes him back to the castle and nurses his wounds after he saves her life. Is she being a good person and helping someone who might have died otherwise, or is she taking a stupid gamble and willingly going back to what could remain an abusive situation?
  • Fandom Rivalry: Belle vs Ariel given that they are the first two 'modern' Disney Princesses. Arguments would frequently hold Belle up as a better attempt at a feminist princess than Ariel. But as time has gone on, arguments have gone the other way - criticizing Belle for seeming unrealistically perfect, and Ariel's fans saying that she's flawed but still a good character. If an argument about whether Ariel is feminist or not starts, expect her to be compared to Belle in some way.
  • Fanon: Fans like to assume that every object in the castle had a corresponding human counterpart - hence the myriad of discussions on how the Beast could have so many servants. Word of God is that all the dancing utensils in "Be Our Guest" were there for Rule of Cool and it was something of a Berserk Button for them to have to keep explaining that to nitpicking fans.
  • Fountain of Memes: Gaston. In YouTube Poop he seems to occupy some sort of strange middle ground between Butt-Monkey and Memetic Badass.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: This has softened over time, but the film's reputation as a "girly princess movie" (especially among young boys) may be why its male-centric successors Aladdin and especially The Lion King were greater box-office successes at the time, even though their critical acclaim was slightly less prestigious. The tie-in video game Roar of the Beast was a hilarious attempt to defy this trope.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When he was still alive, Walt Disney himself tried to create an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast ever since the 1930s. The fact that he never got to live to see it not only finally get Saved from Development Hell but become one of the most successful animated movies of all-time (especially with it being the first animated film to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, a milestone even he himself never accomplished) is rather sad when you think about it.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Gaston tosses away Belle's book and tells her that it isn't right for women to read or even think. When Belle finishes reading a book to Beast, he immediately asks her to read it again.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Elisa and Goliath of Gargoyles once spent Halloween as Belle and the Beast. Gargoyles' equivalent of kissing is stroking their lover's hair. Think of this during the 3 times when the Beast runs his fingers through Belle's hair.
    • About the part of the castle where the rose is located. It's The West Wing. Repeated mentions of the West Wing being forbidden add to this.
    • In the scene where Belle takes Maurice back to the cottage in the glen after saving him, Lefou is waiting for them outside disguised as a snowman. With the announcement of the casting for Lefou in the live-action remake, that snowman gag may start to seem a bit familiar considering who's playing him...
    • Gaston's general character design makes him look like a more cartoonish Clark Kent.
    • Given that the Beast's design incorporates the eyes of a man, the body of a bear, and the tusks of a boar (along with other bits from different critters), he can be described as ManBearPig! Also appropriately, Maurice raving about the Beast to the dismissive townsfolk is reminiscent of Al Gore's similarly erratic obsession with defeating ManBearPig ("I'm super-duper cereal!").
      • More on that, but notice how prominent Gaston's chin is. BallChin-Boy anyone?
    • With Doctor Who coming back in 2005, the Beast may seem like a Timelord to new Whovians who grew up with the movie. A clip of the 10th Doctor regenerating into his successor incarnation compared to this clip of The Beast's transformation back to his human self at the end of the move says it all & becomes all the more hilarious since this seems to be the default way regenerations happen since the show came back. Also, The Beast's title is reminiscent of The Doctor's since it's not his real name & they change appearances at points. Time will tell if the 2017 live action movie will follow suit. Then we'll have another case of this outside of this website. Not that some fans didn't notice this already.
    • In Gaston's Villain Song, LeFou sings, "You can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley / And they'll tell you whose team they'd prefer to be on!" A bit of a surprise now that LeFou himself was confirmed to be gay in the 2017 remake.
    • The fact that after you watch the movie through for the first time and see for yourself that the large, intimidating, baritone-speaking Beast is really just an early twenty-something year old instead of some primordial monster that an unsuspecting bystander like Belle would assume him to be, you can't watch the movie over again without looking at the all of Beast's behavior and identity as just being a spoiled but naively immature teenager just trying to get a cute girl to like him. It can almost have a high school sitcom tone to it when you watch again.
    • With both the ownership of Marvel Comics and the complete buyout of Fox, Disney now has ownership of two characters who go by Beast.
  • Ho Yay: LeFou is slavishly devoted to Gaston (hence, the Word of Gay in the aforementioned Hilarious in Hindsight above); some people also read a bit of subtext into Lumière's interaction with Cogsworth (they certainly do have a bit of Tsundere-esque bickering going on).
  • Hype Backlash: This movie's status as the only traditionally animated feature to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination has led some people to call it Disney's most overrated film.
  • Love to Hate: Gaston. In other mediums too—throughout the show's Broadway run, whenever the actor playing him came out for the curtain call, he was heartily booed by the audience, much to the man's amusement/enjoyment.
  • Memetic Badass: No one fights like Gaston! No one bites like Gaston!
  • Memetic Molester: While not as well known as his Memetic Badass image, Gaston becomes this whenever Belle's involved. No one rapes like Gaston! That he pins Belle to the wall when asking her to marry him in a manner uncomfortably similar to Attempted Rape doesn't help.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • No one sings a Villain Song like Gaston! It's made up by his In-Universe fanboys, no less. It's also lampshaded in both the reprise in the musical and the 2017 version.
    No one thinks up these endless refrains like Gaston!
    NO ONE ORDERS DECAF LIKE GASTON!
    • And it's been extended further, due to the 2016 version of Hurricane Gaston in the Atlantic: "Nooooooooo onnnnneeeeee storms like Gaston! Makes cloud forms like Gaston! Disrupts meteorological norms like Gaston!"
    • Mixing up the rhymes in "Gaston" to hilarous results.
    Gosh it disturbs me to be you, Gaston, looking so down in the lumps!
    Every guy wants to see you, Gaston, even when taking your dumps!
    • "Be our guest! Be our guest! Be our guest!"
    • "Gaston" memes saw a resurgence in popularity in 2017 due to the live-action remake, where the song became a word replacement meme in the same vein as "We Are Number One".
    • "Try the grey stuff, it's delicious!"Explanation 
    • "GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!"
    • "It's FORBIDDEN!"
    • The scene where Gaston flips through and holds up Belle's book has become a popular "What am I reading?" meme.
    • Videos that remix the scene where LeFou says "I'll strike up the band!" for Gaston's wedding to make the band play different songs are quite popular.
    • "How can you read this? There's no pictures!"
    • As of 2016, comparisons between Gaston and the Fire Emblem Fates character Arthur are common, even being called "The Blonde Gaston".
    • One scene from "Gaston's Ultimate Mission to Obtain Some Taco Bell", which was granted a resurgence in popularity during 2017, became very popular thanks to a post on Tumblr: "WHOAAA, slow down, Maurice!"
    • "More beer?" "What for? Nothing helps."
    • Beast pointing angrily at the door after his politer attempts to get Belle to come downstairs fail. Often captioned with variations on "this bitch". Humorously enough, it had memetic status amongst the animators as "the Jackie Gleason face."
    • Gaston's the winner of the No Belle Prize. Explanation 
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Gaston. Basically, it's Evil Is Cool (of the Memetic Badass variety) meets Draco in Leather Pants.
    • The beast himself is meant to be a horrifying monster, but once the audience gets used to his appearance, most consider him to have a fascinating design and prefer it to his human form.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Gaston starts out as pretty harmless. An arrogant jackass, but harmless. Then he plots to throw Maurice in the loony bin unless Belle agrees to marry him and plots to kill the Beast because Belle prefers Beast over him (this could be considered the MEH for Gaston, since this example of the trope has a Villain Song dedicated to it), but it's when he stabs Beast in the back after Beast spared his life that you know he's beyond redemption.
  • Narm: Gaston's scream when he falls to his death after fatally stabbing the Beast. It comes out as a high-pitched screech that barely sounds anything like his natural voice.
  • Never Live It Down: Although this film is acclaimed and loved by many, some people will forever think of it as "the film that gives Family Unfriendly Aesops on Stockholm Syndrome" simply because the female lead falls in love with her captor. In truth, it took the Beast striving to become a nicer person for Belle to have any feelings at all towards him. Not to mention it was Belle herself who got into the whole situation to save her father.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Belle's characterization as a bookworm isn't unique to Disney. The second published version of the original tale, by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, states that Beauty "spent the greater part of her time reading good books" and that one of her main pleasures in the Beast's castle was the large library. Robin McKinley's 1978 novel Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast also emphasizes Beauty's passion for books and has her bonding with the Beast by reading with him in the magnificent library.
    • Belle and the Beast's breakfast scene also has a parallel in Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. At one point in that novel, Beauty invites the Beast to eat cake with her, but he refuses because his paw can't hold a fork, so to make him comfortable she eats her cake with her hands too.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Monsieur D'Arque (the guy who runs the insane asylum). His voice actor, Tony Jay, did so well with the small-but-villainous role, that Disney decided to give him a much bigger role as the primary antagonist in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite being a romantic fantasy that mainly appeals to females, BatB attracts a ton of male animation fans who appreciate the film as one of the finest modern examples of the medium. There's also the largely-male demographic that cares more about the Gaston memes than the movie as a whole.
  • Popular with Furries: The Beast himself. He's not drawn particularly scary or ugly either, which helps. Many people were disappointed by his transformation back to human at the end.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Some of the videogames that are licensed from the Disney movie came off as Nintendo Hard, most notably the 1994 NES version and the 1993 Sega Genesis version called Beauty & the Beast: Roar of the Beast.
    • Distaff Counterpart: The Genesis has one with Beauty & the Beast: Belle's Quest, following Belle's role in the story.
    • A Super Nintendo version was released, acting closer to the source material, but still acting similar to Roar of the Beast.
    • No Problem with Licensed Games: A DOS version was released by Infogrames called Beauty & the Beast: Be Our Guest which serves as a compilation of minigames featuring the Enchanted Objects working together to prepare the ball. The game was remade with new minigames as Beauty & the Beast: Belle's Magical Ballroom this time adding Belle into the mix. Copies of the remake were packaged with the Special Edition DVD.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Robby Benson, a year after this movie was released, would lend his voice to Universal's Exosquad, as Lt. J.T. Marsh.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Belle of all people, with some viewing her as proud or condescending, citing the line "little town full of little people" and her treatment of Gaston.
    • The Beast also gets this, with some circles painting him as a domestic abuser, and claiming that Belle only fell in love with him because of Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Rooting for the Empire: While it certainly wasn't always this way, Gaston, despite lacking any redeeming qualities, has gotten quite popular over the years, arguably more so than either of the protagonists. This is probably due to viewers finding his ego oddly charming than obnoxious (as intended), his ridiculously exaggerated but still catchy and lively song, and for being a straight up Large Ham.
  • Signature Scene: The ballroom dance, especially when the camera comes down on the dancers and pans back up.
  • Signature Song: "Beauty and the Beast" and "Be Our Guest", which are also the most well-known tunes in the film. "Gaston" is this in many Internet circles.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Prologue/curse Leitmotif is based on "Aquarium" from Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, in fact Alan Menken had wanted to use the actual theme before the director's asked for a more original piece. The actual inclusion of "Aquarium" in the Good Times Fairy Tales version of the fairy tale that came out a year later just made it crazier.
  • Testosterone Brigade: While most fans of BatB are Disney and/or princess/fairytale fans in general, Gaston and his Villain Song have been known to attract male non-fans of the genre. To a lesser extent, some of these fans are drawn in by Bellenote  and/or Beastnote ; in the latter case, a boy-oriented tie-in game called Roar of the Beast was released in The '90s, which downplayed Belle's presence and the whole Disney Princess aspect and was advertised in a bizarrely "edgy" manner.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The 2002 Remastered IMAX version received this criticism, for contrast boosting that made the atmosphere and shadows look less gloomy and forebooding. The 2010 and 2011 restorations turned the contrast back down, though at least one of them still doesn't make the picture look exactly as dark as in 1991.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Belle's father Maurice has been thrown out of the castle after Belle agrees to swap places with him. Now he wants to go back into the castle and save her at all costs, even when nobody else agreed to help him. That alone is both an awesome and heartwarming moment at the same time. The problem is how little focus there was on it. Yeah, this is supposed to set up for a reason for the Beast to release Belle of his own volition, but still, a caring father was willing to go through hell to save his daughter. Who wouldn't want to see that?
  • Uncanny Valley: It's not hard to find fans who feel this way about the Beast when he returns to his human form, and have a hard time seeing him as the same character they had come to love and sympathize for while still in his Beast form. And then there's that portrait showing just his eyes.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: There are a lot of viewers who preferred the Beast's dark and gloomy castle.
  • Values Dissonance: The opening song has a scene where a merchant looks at a customer's cleavage before getting hit with his angry wife's rolling pin. Possibly to avoid Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male, the 2017 remake removes this bit entirely.
  • Values Resonance: The original 1991 film deconstructs the trope of men who go to extreme lengths to get the attention of women, even if the woman they're not interested in doesn't reciprocate their feelings. 26 years after this movie's original release, women in the real world are still often insulted for not reciprocating feelings for someone who's sexually harassing them. It's refreshing to see a movie which treats a woman's choice with respect.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • So Belle, you already know how much of a creep and a nuisance Gaston is, right? So he knocks on your door, and you see it's him, right? So why do you let him in your home, while he invades your personal space while he forces you to try to marry him.
    • So, Belle, you're being held prisoner by a giant monster with serious temper problems who is starving you because you wouldn't eat dinner with him. So what do you do? You go into the one place in the castle he specifically told you was forbidden... and then you uncover and try to touch a glowing, floating rose.
    • Also, Belle having to use the mirror to expose the Beast's existence, of all things, to keep her father from going to the Asylum. Really, Belle, did you honestly expect Gaston or the rest of the villagers, who were congregated into a lynch mob at the time, to even think that the Beast was friendly, and not try to kill him? Though in fairness, that was a more of a knee-jerk reaction than anything.
  • The Woobie:
    • The Beast becomes this right around "Something There". Prior to that, he was a Jerkass Woobie.
    • Maurice being a Bungling Inventor is played for comedy, but it's implied that the whole town thinks he's a fool and Belle might be his only companion. Once she goes to the castle with the Beast, he's completely alone and desperate to save his daughter, but nobody helps him, and he eventually gets lost and sick in a blizzard trying to find her by himself.

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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: This story has long been interpreted as an object lesson meant to teach young girls the virtues of accepting an arranged marriage with a strange and scary older man (whose wealth would benefit the girl's family). But it could also just as easily be a fantasy aimed at wealthy and socially awkward men who fear that their wives will only love them for their money and position, not themselves. It's clear that Beauty's sisters only care for their own selfish whims, while Beauty herself is kind and dutiful, and willing to sacrifice her own life and freedom to save her father. Beauty is also willing to overlook the Beast's appearance and love him for his personality, not his resources. The Beast's transformation into a handsome form at the end could symbolize the return of his self-confidence once he managed to wisely pursue and earn the love of a high-value woman.
  • Ending Fatigue: Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve's version goes on for pages and pages after the curse is broken.
  • It Was His Sled: The fact that the Beast is really an enchanted Prince is a surprise at the end of the original story. Most every adaptation tells the audience right at the start, though it's usually still a surprise for Beauty/Belle.
  • Values Dissonance: In many versions the prince is cursed because he refused to give hospitality. Given that refusing people shelter in bad weather could be a Matter of Life and Death — it's not as if they could hop in their car and drive to a hotel — it was taken very seriously, so the curse definitely would not have been seen as Disproportionate Retribution.
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