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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 inverse, 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.
  • Adorkable: Belle's father. Just look at that face after a hunk of wood clonks him when it's thrown from his chopping machine.
  • 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.
    • Another interpretation of the Beast's story is that it could be a trans metaphor, as he finds himself trapped in a body that just doesn't match what he really wants to be (in this case, a human rather than another gender), and becomes convinced that this made him too unusual to have any real place in society—didn't help that he was nearly killed in a violent assault motivated by the bigotry that the villagers experienced after they found out the truth about him. Belle, while hesitant at first, finds that she must learn to accept him for what his outward appearance originally presented him to be as well as for who he is after "transitioning" into being what he's always wanted to be, to the point where, when she gazes into his eyes while being initially surprised by this sudden change, Belle immediately realizes that he's the same person she fell in love with and wholeheartedly accepts his new form.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Has it’s own page.
  • 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:
    • Nominated for Best Picture, but ultimately lost.note  Not that terrible, considering it lost to The Silence of the Lambs, another acclaimed movie of a genre usually underappreciated by the Academy (not to mention "Lambs" has a similar "Beauty and the Beast" theme).
    • There's still arguments over "Be Our Guest" losing to the titular "Beauty And the Beast" for Best Song. With "Be Our Guest" a rousing, toe-tapping number vs. "Beauty and the Beast" a powerful, romantic ballad.
    • It also inexplicably missed out on Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • 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.
  • Common Knowledge:
    • This film is just a heavily romanticized portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome, isn't it? Not quite; Stockholm Syndrome is an instinctive form of self-preservation in which kidnapping victims try to bond with their captors in hopes that they'll treat them humanely. Belle spends the first act of the film refusing to take any of the Beast's crap and explicitly refuses to bond with the Beast until after he saves her life and starts treating her with kindness and respect, even when she has every reason to believe that she's putting herself in danger by doing so. Not to mention that she is there willingly after trading herself for her father, who the Beast had captured on legal grounds. If anything, it would actually be Lima Syndrome, where the captor becomes sympathetic toward the victim and is, in effect, the polar opposite of Stockholm Syndrome. Even then, it's not a straight example as, again, she's there willingly rather than against her will.
    • Many sources-both fan and official-will make you think the Beast’s claws, horns, and nose are black. In reality, they were shades of brown.
    • The Enchanted Rose is almost always portrayed as red when it was really hot pink.
    • The Beast's name is also not "Adam" — officially, he's just "The Beast" or "The Prince", and "Adam" is just a Fan Nickname.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gaston has a large fanbase who are willing to overlook the fact that he is a sexist, 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Lumiere’s voice actor, Jerry Orbach admitted he was surprised by how popular the character was. Lumiere is very memorable 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 (so memorable, in fact, that his audition recordings, which covered all of his fairly minimal dialog, were so good that Disney didn't bother to have him come back and re-record, they just used the audition tapes in the film and mailed him a check). Disney certainly did, and he was recruited to voice Frollo 5 years later in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    • The Bimbettes are very popular on DeviantArt and for their appearances.
    • The Enchantress gets a lot more fanwork dedicated to her than one might initially expect from her small appearance, but considering how much of a potential Greater-Scope Villain she might be, it isn't very hard to see why. The Live-Action remake has also expanded her role significantly.
  • Evil Is Cool: No one schemes like Gaston! No one memes like Gaston! No one's biceps can shatter steel beams like Gaston! As a character, Gaston is a villain who manages a tricky balance of entertaining and genuinely menacing, a character who's as comfortable with the rest of the Disney Villains as he is entertaining guests at Disneyland with his showboating.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Gaston. He's devilishly handsome and everyone knows it, but he has no inner good...
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Go ahead and say that Belle and the Beast's relationship is Stockholm Syndrome, and wait for angry responses from fans correcting you.
  • 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.
    • On the flip side, it’s pretty much agreed that the objects with a visible face were humans while the ones without weren’t.
  • 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 (1994) 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.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: When he was still alive, Walt Disney himself tried to create an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast ever since the 1930s. While he never got to see it come to fruition, the fact that it was not only Saved from Development Hell but also became 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) is certainly uplifting.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Homely: Some argue that making the Beast look sympathetic worked a little bit too well. While his temper and massive size certainly make him intimidating, he isn't really "ugly" or "scary" once he learns how to control his temper. If he wasn't so self-destructive, most people would rather pet his fluffy fur rather than run away from him.
  • 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).
    • Some of the lyrics in "Gaston" can be interpreted this way, in particular LeFou's "you can ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley, and they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on." Keep in mind that "playing for the other team" is a tongue-in-cheek way of saying someone is gay.
  • 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, for those who don't strap him in leather pants. 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!
    • 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 promotes 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 LePrince 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. A Super Nintendo version was released, acting closer to the source material, but still acting similar to Roar of the Beast.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Belle, of all people. The "Belle" song parody from the movie's Honest Trailer portrays her as an excessively self-important, lazy snob who regards the villagers with a feeling of superiority because of her love of books, joking that Belle's time spent heading to and from the local bookstore while never doing an ounce of work like the rest of the villagers makes her "the first millennial". However, Belle merely wanted to get away from the uneventful, predictable circumstances of her small rural town since she felt that life would always be boring unless "adventure in the great wide somewhere" was involved; it had absolutely nothing to do with the idea that she was too good to be among common workers. Ironically, the villagers regard Belle with a feeling of superiority themselves because they feel that her love of books and her refusal to let local hero Gaston relentlessly pressure her into marrying him, unlike most of the other girls in the town who didn't aspire to more than marrying well ("What's wrong with her?" She's crazy!" "He's gorgeous!"), makes her a little odd. Belle would thus have every reason to not think too highly about these common workers specifically, even if it did come from nothing more than class prejudice.
    • The Beast. Countless videos and Internet articles have been written painting him as a domestic abuser taking Belle away by force, whom she only fell in love with because of Stockholm Syndrome — Disney themselves even sort of got in on it with a scene from Ralph Breaks the Internet where Belle tries to see if Vanellope is telling the truth about really being a princess ("Were you ... kidnapped or enslaved?" "No! Are you guys okay? Should I call the police?"). This is a misconception; Belle was his prisoner and the Beast did lay out the condition that she remain in the castle forever, but what these critics usually forget is that Belle willingly commits herself to it in the hopes that the Beast would let her father go. In fact, she was the one who made the offer in the first place. The only real rules the Beast enforces during Belle's stay are "you are specifically forbidden from going into the West Wing" and "you will join me for dinner"; the first of which he has a pretty reasonable justification for, and the second of which he tries to relax his stance on by politely making requests for her to join him for dinner at Lumière's, Cogsworth's, and Mrs. Potts' suggestions. Basically, the Beast wants to prove that he is not a vicious monster and that he really isn't that bad of a guy, but his difficulty overcoming the uncertainty of if he will ever become human again manifests in him expressing these same exact vicious behaviors no matter how much he tries.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A certain subset of viewers have taken to arguing in favor of Gaston over the two leads. Some find his ego to be charming rather than obnoxious, while others simply think Belle is snobbish and the Beast is abusive, whereas most of Gaston’s worst qualities were simply the products of the time period in which the film is set. Even him rallying a mob to kill the Beast is somewhat understandable, as he’s without a reason to think that the Beast isn’t as dangerous as he appears, not helped by Maurice’s own testimony as to Belle being taken prisoner.
  • 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 foreboding. 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: Some people feel this way towards the Beast's 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.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: There are a lot of viewers who preferred the Beast's dark and gloomy castle. Not to mention a lot who found the Beast more attractive that way.
  • 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 interested in doesn't reciprocate their feelings. Many 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.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: While Belle is ostensibly the film's protagonist, she doesn't have a lot in terms of strong personality traits or a character arc. She mainly serves as a means through which the Beast can learn to be a better person and a progressive contrast to Gaston and the ignorant townspeople.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • 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.
    • Belle discovers that her father is looking for her and saves him from dying from the cold. What does she do after finding his dying body? Go back to the village of course. While yes, Belle would have no way of knowing about Gaston's plan, but why would she prefer to return to a village where most of the residents openly dislike her, instead of returning to the castle where she's genuinely loved and cared for? Plus, she could take care of Maurice, while making sure that the Beast isn't lonely, essentially killing two birds with one stone. The castle seemed much closer anyway.
  • 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.

  • 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. Almost 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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