Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
By Mahita Gajanan
March 17, 2017

Warning: This post contains spoilers for both the 1991 and 2017 versions of Beauty and the Beast.

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which hits theaters March 17, is largely faithful to the beloved 1991 animated film: A snobby prince (Dan Stevens) is cursed by an enchantress and turned into a hideous beast until he can learn to love and be loved in return. But a few key changes—from delving into Belle’s (Emma Watson) background and motivations to presenting Disney’s first openly gay character—help bring the new film into the 21st century.


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