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YMMV / Black Beauty

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  • Awesome Music: Danny Elfman's entire soundtrack for the 1994 adaptation counts, though special mentions goes to "The Dance / Bye Merrylegs", "Goodbye Joe", "Poor Ginger!" and "Bye Jerry / Hard Times".
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Reportedly, the book was banned in South Africa during The Apartheid Era... because clueless, racist Moral Guardians assumed from the title that it was about race.
  • Narm: One complaint of the 1994 version is that Alan Cumming's narration as Beauty can get a bit much at times, particularly at the broken bridge scene.
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  • Padding: See Author Filibuster on the main page.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The book pulls no punches about the horrible treatment of horses in Victorian society, and Anna Sewell wrote it partially to educate the general public. The bearing rein was done away with almost immediately and there was instant call for better treatment of animals in general. Anna Sewell also wisely made some of Beauty's suffering come from the well-meaning but ignorant, showing that owners who don't know how to handle horses can injure them just as badly as the indifferent and the cruel.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite its dark and real life-based premise, the book is often presented as children's literature for being about a horse. Some modern versions have made it Lighter and Softer for children.
  • The Woobie:
    • Black Beauty himself. It doesn't help that he (and his mother) believe that Stoic Woobie is the equine ideal.
    • Ginger teeters between this and Jerkass Woobie but she defrosts through kind treatment from her owners. Her fate later in life however...


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