14 Major Differences Between 'Beauty And The Beast' Live-Action Vs. Animated Movie

Spoilers ahead.
PHOTO: Beauty And The Beast/Disney

This post contains major spoilers for Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. 

1. The whereabouts of Belle's mom and Beast's parents are explained. 

This has been a mystery for Disney fans ever since the 1991 movie came out. In the 2017 version, it's revealed that Belle's mother died of the plague while living in Paris with Belle and her father. Beast's mom also died of an unnamed illness, which only led his cruel father to raise him into a cruel mini-me. Guess that explains his unkind behavior.

2. There's a magic book. 

According to the Beast, this was a "gift" from the enchantress and it can take you "anywhere." To show Belle his affections, he takes her to Paris, where she discovers the backstory of her mother.



3. The enchantress actually lives in town. 

But the village folk know her better as Agathe the spinster, who keeps to herself. She also comes back at the end to make sure the Beast's spell is officially broken by reviving the last petal.

4. Maurice is left for dead by Gaston.

Live-action Gaston is so cruel but don't worry, the enchantress/Agathe saves Maurice and nurses him back to health the next day.

5. Chip has no siblings. 

In the animated film, he's got brothers and sisters who sleep in the same cupboard at night, but Chip is an only child to Emma Thompson's Mrs. Potts here.



6. Lumiere changes the words to "Be Our Guest."

It's a slight change, but saying "too long we’ve been rusting" instead of "10 years we've been rusting" makes me think we're not supposed to know just how much the Beast and his staff have aged during the spell.

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7. Belle doesn't get to try the "gray stuff" during "Be Our Guest." 

In fact, she doesn't get to try anything at all.


8. There's no library surprise. 

Live-action Beast just goes, Oh you like reading? Here's my library and it's yours. There's no grand reveal but I guess having thousands of first editions at your disposal is romantic.

9. Related: Emma Watson doesn't wear the iconic green dress. 

As worn by animated Belle during the library surprise.

10. Speaking of fashion, live-action Belle doesn't bother to take off her yellow ball gown when she goes back to the village to save Maurice.

She does, however, shed the top layer and rides to the castle in her slip to save the Beast from Gaston's Kill the Beast mission.

11. Belle and Beast bond over Shakespeare. 

He actually criticizes her taste and says something like, Of course someone like YOU would like Romeo and Juliet. From here, their relationship takes a lovely turn and she later teases him about reading romance (King Arthur and the Round Table).

12. There's a new character! 

Stanley Tucci plays Cadenza, the harpsichord who has a relationship with Garderobe the wardrobe (Audra McDonald).



13. Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth are married to people from the village. 

I already forgot their names but it's safe to call them Mr. Potts and Mrs. Cogsworth, no?

14. Plumette's dress is white and not brown. 

She also looks more like a swan than a feather duster but at least her feathers look incredible.



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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.


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