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  • Fridge Horror: The Beast's transformed human form looks exactly like Avenant, Belle's suitor who was handsome in appearance but wicked of heart and was ready to kill the Beast and steal his treasure behind Belle's back. What guarantee does Belle - who has clear mixed feelings about the prince resembling Avenant - have that the prince won't treat her like Avenant did now that he no longer feels compelled to be obedient and humble towards her? The prince even remarks that Belle is a "strange girl" in a manner that sounds rather condescending after Belle admits that she loved both Avenant and the Beast. Cocteau's own statement that the Beast's transformation into a bland prince was "condemning [Belle] to a humdrum marriage and a future that I summed up in that last sentence of all fairy tales: 'And they had many children.'" implies that he himself was aware of this fridge horror.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A watchful eye might notice all the stag imagery present throughout the movie. While this was mostly an intentional reference to celtic mythology, one could also say that Beast uses antlers in all of his decorating!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The castle itself. While it has the enchanting feel to it, the human-like arms holding the candles and the statues having eyes looking at Belle can give some people an eerie and unsettling vibe.
    • The loud roar, which wakes up Maurice after falling asleep from eating, that was presumably made by the Beast himself.
    • The scene where Beast returns, after running away from being upset about Avenant's proposal to Belle, showing up covered in blood implying of his vicious hunt he went on.
  • Older Than They Think: Many people will be surprised to hear that much of the elements found in Disney's version originally came from this. The animated furniture, the fact that Beauty's name is Belle, the magic mirror, hell, the character of Gaston was heavily based on a character in this movie who pretty much served the same purpose.
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  • Take That, Scrappy!: One of Belle's sisters dares Avenant to slap her. He does so and - while a Kick the Dog moment for him - the sister is so horrible that it's very satisfying.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Many viewers were disappointed with the fascinating Beast's transformation into a generic prince, with Greta Garbo famously saying "Give me back my Beast!" as she left the theater. According to Cocteau, this was intentional.
  • Values Dissonance: The opening titles tell the audience to suspend their disbelief like children, much like how The Wizard of Oz was All Just a Dream because they felt audiences were too sophisticated to accept a genuine fantasy story.
  • What an Idiot!: The Beast gives Belle the key to the pavilion containing all his treasures and emphasizes how monumental a display of trust this is. So naturally, Belle leaves this extremely important and valuable key out in the open where her greedy sisters can easily nick it and doesn't even notice its absence until days later.
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