What? You didnt know...
What part of this undiscovered world do you live in?
Well, come pull up a chair & let's discuss my love, passion, obsession with this movie.
& actually, its not the movie that I love.
I've been in love with the STORY of Beauty & the Beast for as long as I can remember. I truly grew up just so enchanted with the idea of someone who sees the beauty inside of someone more than that outside appearance. That to me is everything... & then there's usually a way to become a princess or have a happily ever after? The best!!!!
As a little girl, I was hooked.
I grew up a reader by nature. My mom was a reader. My aunt sent me a book for EVERY holiday that existed & a lot of the books would be fairy tales. I know I had a set of the Grimm Fairy Tale books that I always used to pull out & read over & over. That's probably where I got my first taste of Beauty.
Funny she's called something different in other tellings... or that the story varies from telling to telling. Mostly having to do her father taking a rose from a beastly owner of a home... which I'm so excited that apparently the new Disney Beauty & the Beast movie inserts that part in the telling of the story.
Anyone else remember those corny movies you'd see on TV - I think it was only on cable back in the day, called Faerie Tale Theatre? It was always narrated or starred Shelly Duvall. I need to see if they are out on Netflix or probably on YouTube (side note - I did look it up & it is out there on YouTube)
|& yes, that's Susan Sarandon|
... this was made in 1983
Well, I can remember watching it in the basement of our home... like it was Star Wars or something epic. & I legit was scared of the Beast... but can remember feeling so badly for him. He always seemed so lost & sad. ... I'm also the girl that always ALWAYS feels bad for King Kong because he's misunderstood. It's the way I'm built.
Then a few years later, they redid it again - & I believe this time, they added more of a musical quality to it. This one again has a star that some may recognize - Rebecca De Mornay... well before the Risky Business Days.
If you want to see the movie trailer - I can't embed it because its been disabled... but you'll get a kick off it.
& then, becoming a teenager, my heart totally got carried away & I swooned over Vincent from the TV show Beauty & the Beast... like total swoon. He was just the BEST. The man who looked like part of a beast but had the heart of a prince... & who could write some epic love letters at the end of every hour of a show.
I cant tell you how obsessed I was with this show. Still am actually. I have the entire series on DVD & can still sit & watch them all.
I can remember coming home from Kung-Fu with my dad as a teenager & needing to rush home to watch it.
This telling was different... the Beast was different... kind but protective of those he loved Lived underground & not in a castle. The female lead was smart & an independent woman.
Catherine Chandler & Vincent... I still swoon over the two of them. Ron Pearlman could not have been a better beast. & in the 80's, it didnt even matter that there were some corny subway riding scenes in every episode. That just cued the scene of Vincent saving the day!!! (Anyone else remember all of this?)
Catherine Chandler. I always said if I had a daughter, I would name her Catherine Candler... & then I ended up marrying my own Vincent in real life. ... y'all - if I had a daughter named Catherine Chandler Vincent, my world would be complete.
It's funny - Ricky & I were walking through a Wizard of Oz event with my mom one time & a guy stopped us & said, "Your hair is just like the Beast from the TV show of Beauty & the Beast".... I think he may be onto something. I think Ricky's eyes are even that same shape as Vincent's.
When Disney said they were going to do an animated movie of the story I loved so much, I knew I was going to adore it. I've always been a Disney girl growing up & I've also been a lover of anything musical... so I was thrilled to see the movie when it came out in 1991...
|I have this movie poster in a bedroom & always am intrigued of Belle's dress.|
Never do we see her in a purple dress with a pink blouse. That always gets me.
& let me tell you - I was totally enchanted all over again... I can remember sitting in the theater CRYING when he gave her the library... & the ending where he turned into the Prince again. My heart melted.
Here was another smart, independent girl who loved her daddy, loved to read, stood up for what she believed in... but again, could see 'something there'... more than the exterior showed.
I was so excited that this movie ended up making it to the Academy Awards! The first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture. Says something.
I ended up seeing Disney Beauty & the Beast in theaters back in the 90's 4 times.
& then Ricky & I started dating in 1992 & know one of the first gifts he ever gave me? The VHS of the movie because it was just released.
Yes - a VHS.. I still have it too.
I watched it over & over...& learned every song... could probably say all the lines with the movie as it plays. Its sort of 2nd nature for me.
& you cant tell me that when I see another "BEAST" turn into the hero, the Prince, he's got red hair again.
I'm just saying...
& then my heart about burst when they took it & actually made it a Broadway musical!!! I think the first time I saw it, it was better than any Christmas morning I have ever experienced.
I've since seen it on Broadway so many times, I've lost count....
Between the tours that come here & the productions that have been done around town....
I'm still waiting to be IN the play somewhere. The last school production, I told one of the students to let me come beg to just be a village person. I would be the happiest village person IN THE WORLD if that happened!!!
Fun fact... The original Belle on Broadway was Susan Egan... & I knew her voice so well from the soundtrack... so when Hercules came out & I heard the voice that played Meg, I was like HOLD UP! Yep, she's the voice of Meg. No wonder "Wont Say I'm in Love" is one of my favorite Disney songs!
I loved when they brought out another adaption in 2011... Beastly.
I loved this movie. I know it had its corny moments too - but hey, when you love movies from the 80's & horrible green screens of subway riding beasts, this is top notch. There's also a book of Beastly if you're interested.
I just always will love a story where beauty is found within... always...
The one thing I skip out on though was the new Beauty & the Beast TV series. Mainly because that's like blasphemy to me. You're going to take my 2 main characters from a TV show that holds a part of my heart & then just jack it up... nope. I couldnt believe when I turned it on - TOTALLY STOKED about it - to find the guy looks normal. What? Peace out... mic drop... I'm done ... story over. Cant do it.
But through the years, I've even read all the books that involve Beauty & the Beast... anything even similar, I'm there.
Collectibles? Oh yeah... give me anything with it. My mom this year even got me a Beauty & the Beast old fashion fairy tale book of it. One of my favorite Christmas gifts. I at one time had 2 rooms with nothing but collectibles displayed. I did end up putting some up because hello - all the dusting that you have to do. UGH!
But I just love all the things that reminds me of this beautiful story.
So you can imagine how excited I am about this new movie starting this week!!!
I can remember hearing it was coming out - in March of 2014!!! 3 years ago! Yes, I've been counting down for 3 years for this moment.... & I know I'm going to cry as soon as the lights go down. As soon as the music starts... as soon as I see the characters or hear a song. I'm going to be a hot mess.
Mainly because it's just all a reminder of my growing up. A reminder of goodness. A reminder of love. Its a tale that is old as time... & its one I've gone back to again & again.
Needless to say, when I hear people say they love Beauty & the Beast, or they're fans, or they grew up on Belle... I just have to laugh because in my mind, there is no bigger fan than me. Sorry. There's not. You can love it as well... but its just been embedded in my life since I first held a little Golden Book in my hands .....& the fairy tale has been a part of my heart ever since.
I'm excited that the love of this movie & this story continues on though...
It makes me happy to see new generations fall in love with the story like I did.
... & in all these new generations, I keep doing my best to convince them that I am truly Belle ;)