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How the New BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Fixes the Classic’s Biggest Plot Holes

The newest trailer for Disney‘s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast just showed up and said bonjour to all of our inner princesses. From wilting roses to ravenous wolves, this looks like the spot-on update of the animated classic we’ve all been pining for. But no matter how much we love the ’91 original we can admit it has a few plot holes. Luckily it looks like the folks at Disney are well aware of them too, and are doing a little bit of a rewrite on the tale as old as time.

In the prologue of Beauty and the Beast, the narrator explains that the prince has until his 21st birthday to undo the curse that transformed him into the Beast. But later, in the “Be Our Guest” number, Lumiere laments “ten years we’ve been rusting, needing so much more than dusting.” When you do the math, you realize that the Beast was only eleven years old when he was transformed, which raises all kind of questions. Where are his parents? Why is a kid in charge on an entire castle? Isn’t the witch being a bit hard on an eleven year old? And most confusingly, why does the Prince look like an adult in all of his pre-transformation portraits?

Well, in this new trailer, we see a portrait of the Beast pre-transformation and he definitely looks like an age-appropriate little kid complete with parents. But even more interestingly, we see that while the Prince and his father have claw marks over their faces, his mother does not. We think this might a sign that the new movie will also be softening up the Beast’s character a little bit. In this version, his father will be the one to turn away the old beggar and bring the curse upon the castle. The prince being turned into the Beast will be an unfortunate side effect, making him less of a jerk and more of a sympathetic kid suffering for his father’s selfishness.

But what do you guys think? Will these new changes make this new Beauty and the Beast better than the original? Or is the story perfect just the way it is? Let us know in the comments.

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