Disney seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance these days. The studio that was famous for its classic animated movies (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Lion King), as well as some family fun live action films (Swiss Family Robinson, The Island at the Top of the World, Blackbeard’s Ghost), is back as a major force to contend with. It’s not just the properties they own through Marvel (Doctor Strange) or LucasFilm (Star Wars), but it’s also through this new blending they have done by revisiting many of their animated films and bringing them to life through live action. It was only last year that the studio dazzled fans with one of the most beautiful live adaptations of Cinderella, and this year they plan to charm audiences again with their revisiting of what was easily one of the most artfully beautiful animated films, Beauty and the Beast, this time starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans will be bullying it up as Gaston.
This trailer is exquisite. We not only get to see Emma as the beautiful, but strong, Belle, fans are finally given a look at Dan Stevens as the Beast, and it doesn’t disappoint. However, the magic does not stop there. Disney has pulled out all the stops and assembled a cast that will make film buffs drool. In addition to Thompson and Stevens the film also stars Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Maurice.
The images are lush, and even in the darkest and most unfriendly settings, the production values are absolutely top notch. No, not just top notch. They are “inviting.” This is a film where the cinematography almost pulls you into the scenes, and the visual effects (something which Disney has generally been skilled at) is beyond breathtaking. You’ll believe that a candlestick holder and an elegant clock can actually walk and talk.
But don’t take our words for it. Watch the trailer for yourself below!
The movie is directed by Oscar winner Bill Dondon, is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Liberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (who won best Original Score and Best Song along with the late Howard Ashman for the 1991 animated film), and will include new recodings of the original songs written by Menken and Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar Winner Time Rice.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in US theaters on march 17, 2017.
Were you impressed by this latest trailer? Are you still skeptical about Disney’s big push to create live action versions of their animated films, or has this trailer been the one that made you change your mind? What was about it this trailer that you liked best? What did you like least?
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