Who doesn’t LOVE Beauty and the Beast? It’s a classic. I grew up watching the original Disney film, and was over the moon excited when I learned that Disney was remaking Beauty and the Beast as a life action feature film. Last week, our whole family drove to the Disney animation lot to screen the movie, and the morning after? I got to attend the press junket to end all press junkets……the Beauty and the Beast press morning. The cast addressed working on a legendary film, we saw a live performance from the amazing Alan Menken, and YES, they discussed the gay character debate.
“So knowing full well that Emma was going to make sure that Belle was somebody who was independent, who was strong, who was educated, who was sticking up for girls and women, and who does all the rescuing in the film. That’s why I knew it was going to be important for me to be a part of and for my kids to see.” -Audra Mcdonald (Madame Garderobe)
As I listened to the amazing cast speak about Beauty in the Beast……one theme repeated itself. The amazingly strong role models that these characters are for our children. Many of the members of the cast are parents of young children themselves, and I loved hearing how important it was for THEM as parents to create a film that messaged strong values to their own children. They shared the need for Belle to rescue herself, the value she puts into books and education, and the importance of looking beyond physical appearance (how else could you fall in love with a beast?).
“In our film she’s actually an activist within her own community. She’s teaching other young girls who are part of the village to read, and you know, moments like that where you could see her expanding beyond just her own little world and trying to kind of grow it, I loved that, and yeah, that was amazing to get to do.” -Emma Watson, Belle
“You know, I talked before about how we translate this into a live act – that means filling out the characters. It’s also a translation to 2017, you know? And what is this movie about? What has this story always been about? For 300 years it’s about looking closer, going deeper, you know, accepting people for who they really are, and in a very Disney way we are including everybody. I think this movie is for everybody, and on the screen you’ll see everybody, and that was important to me, I think to all of us.”- Bill Conden, Director
How to Disney Bound: Beauty and the Beast
What does it mean to Disney Bound? A way to pay tribute to your favorite Disney movies in regular clothes. A way to dress up without wearing a costume. If you visit a Disney Park, look around….you’ll see guests Disney Bounding everywhere (mostly because adults aren’t allowed to wear costumes inside the parks). The costumes in Beauty and the Beast are stunning. Every detail from the fabrics to the colors pay homage to the original film….without just copying it. When Lydia and I were planning our Disney Bound outfits for the film, we actually spent some time debating which of Belle’s famous dresses we should wear. But what can I say? Every girl wants to wear Belle’s beautiful golden dress from the scene where she dances around the ballroom with her Beast.
For these Disney inspired outfits, we focused on finding the perfect shade of yellow….then adding in golden accents. Plus, it was a requirement that we sprinkled in a few roses here and there (isn’t Lydia’s headband the cutest?)