That Time Disney Remade Beauty and the Beast
So. For some reason I get more requests for this movie than for any other movie. Okay. Jean, Cocteau's, 1946. Black and white classic labelled, a la bete famously, opens, with an appeal to viewers asking them to open their hearts and minds to the innocent, and magical, world view of a child to, allow themselves to believe that castles can be enchanted, and that yes the heart of a man can beat beneath the hide of a beasts well I did some digging and it turns out that the live-action Beauty, and the Beast originally, had no Maj to Cocteau's opening for their 2017, remake of the original Disney, animated classic it, said, we, invite you to open your hearts and minds to the magical world view of pedantic, nitpickers who point out plot, holes and fairy tales which we are now countering, - apparently here's, a movie for you guy who kept, pointing out that according to math that prince was only 11 when he got turned into a beast that's pretty messed up right that's not logical open, your heart like the pedantic cool pines don't forget that the monarch an disappeared, blood holding. Wow. I, hate. It so, apparently the intent with the remake of Disney's animated classic Beauty, and the Beast was to respond to every bad faith criticism, lobbed at the original like, well, why were the servants enchanted, - they didn't do anything wrong and Belle's. Not feminist, enough make that she reads an active-active, transgression. Against the patriarchy. Teaching another girl to read isn't. One enough and, give her an invention subplot, that goes nowhere, effectively, Disney, has gone and made a movie which differs in content, only in that it appears to exist to appease the pedantic books of YouTube with their decades of bad faith criticism, and forever. Having enabled, that atmosphere, of pedantic degree that led to the creation of a film that goes out of its way to address the plot holes of the film that it is based on uh I. Will never cease my penance walk, but. I am going to complain about this movie for a really long time so strap in it's, important to contextualize this, movie in the trend that it is the current apotheosis of that being Disney, live-action remakes. And these, live-action, remake seem, to pose themselves not as simple remakes but as responses, to criticisms, of the films that they are remaking for. Maleficent it posits that Maleficent was misunderstood, and that the narrator of the original movie was unreliable, for The Jungle Book it posits that hey maybe Shere Khan had a point and Mowgli, is dangerous but for Beauty and the Beast that response seems to be fixing plot holes that weren't actually problems, or plot holes to begin with. And. You may be asking yourself is this really an over long nitpicky, complainy video complaining, about how over long nitpicky, clickbait film criticism has influenced, the actual text in the current trend of live-action, Disney remakes. Yes. We. Begin not with the bad bet you gothis party started Maleficent, nor the original animated buting the beast or even the evil genius current, CEO of the Disney Company aka, boringly, competent, daddy Bob Iger it starts, with the Robert Moses of the Disney Company daddy, of daddies Michael, Eisner because, important to remember is that Michael Eisner was Bob iger's, mentor, in the 1990s. And early 2000s, and that the reason I gir had the opportunity, to enjoy this long run as CEO of the Disney Company was because of his unwavering Failte, to the Regina Georgia Hollywood, CEOs, Michael. Eisner in a 1981, letter Eisner, wrote to paramount executives before, he jumped ship to become CEO of the Disney Company he, pinned what is widely considered to be his ethos, and possibly the most 1980s, thing ever written we. Have no obligation to make Arts at Eisner we have no obligation, to make history we have no obligation to make a statement but, to make money it, is often important, to make history to make art or to make some significant, statement in order to make money we must always make entertaining movies, and if we make entertaining movies at times we will reliably make history art a statement or all three we may even win awards this was an ethos carried through to his time at Disney that said Eisner, was also super cognizant, of the value of brand prestige, and ironically, in his earlier years he was super resistant, to the whole concept of releasing, Disney classics under VHS as this, he worried would lower the prestige, of the, brand but.
Boy Did he change his tune when Pinocchio the first released to VHS because, it was considered lower rung among the classics, sold, out of its first run lesson. Learned here repackaging. Disney classics is a safe lucrative, bet this, would reach its apotheosis with the downright parodic, phase of direct-to-video, sequels, producing, such classics, as The, Hunchback of Notre, Dom to. The. Fox in the Hound 2 and, Cinderella. 3 a twist in time the. Best one of this lot yes I will stand by that I have seen them all because of pink whereas I have. During. This era we also saw the expansion, of Disney Renaissance properties. Adapted, for Broadway this became a trend that continues, to this day, and the 90s we saw Beauty and the Beast flanking, and Aida. Yeah. That was a Disney, joint okay. But. The thing that we are presently, living through was not the first attempt at repackaging, Disney classics for live-action seeing, the success of properties, like Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and VHS, sales Eisner. Took an eye towards live-action, remakes of Animated, Classics beginning. With the Jungle Book in 1994. This. One had a sexy. Mowgli but. Eisenerz real event, was 101. Dalmatians, in 1996. Starring Glenn Close I've no use for babies. Both. Of these movies did okay. 101. Dalmatians did, really pretty well raking in 136. Million in domestic box office grosses, and unleashing. An avalanche of plush dogs and other merchandise and eventually. Garnering a sequel during, this period they were also remakes of old live-action, movies like The Parent Trap starring, Lindsay Lohan which, unexpectedly, grossed 92, million dollars proving, that there was indeed a market for this sort of thing but, these were not huge, successes, and after, event movie Pearl Harbor, was eviscerated by, critics, iseman became much more bearish, on the whole concept of event, movies in general movies. Like The Jungle Book 94, and 101, Dalmatians didn't really start a trend where, newer films like Maleficent, and Cinderella, of 2015. Did. The. Final element to the formation of this version, of Beauty and the Beast is one we can't really pin on Eisner and that, is the recent trend for Disney movies to make meta textual commentary on, the Disney Company and the Disney brand in general it's, there in Moana if you were a dress and you have an animal sidekick, your, princess, it's there an enchanted. Like, the, whole movie and dear. God, frozen. Audiences. Love it when Disney knowingly pokes fun at itself do, animals, talk to you no boy are you Paul is it no cursed, no kidnapped. Or enslaved no are you guys okay shake on police and they, really loved it with Beauty and the Beast didn't, they I'm talking to a candle, yah thanks. I hate it Isner, story as CEO of the Disney Company is very much a mixed bag he, oversaw the success, of the Disney Renaissance yes, but, he was also responsible for a string of acquisitions, and bad ideas which could, take up many many many episodes but I'm not going into here, Iker certainly, took to heart eisenerz wisdom, of not being obligated to make art or history but, to make money which, manifested, as safe investments, but Eiger invests, safely, and much, bigger than eyes nor ever did as a result Disney, stock has quadrupled in, value since, eisenerz departure, in 2005.
I Guarante when t 18 is able to execute eisenerz vision of repackaging, Disney properties, for live-action without, making the brand feel cheap like Eisner eventually, would with his reliance, on direct-to-video, sequels, in effect, Eiger has mastered, what the Disney Company refers, to internally. As brand, integrity, and moreover, the Disney Company under, Eiger has figured out the secret ingredient it's. Not enough to just do a live-action remake of a beloved classic starring, Glenn Close new. Live-action Disney needs to be meta textually, responding, to some criticism, of either the Disney Company the, brand or of, the property, it is remaking. So. Now we know how we got here let's, take a look at what we got. In. My grand tradition of, flaccid, attempts to be balanced, I'm, going to first try, to list the things I don't hate, but. I gotta be honest there's not much here at. Least Phantom of the Opera had Patrick, Wilson and Minnie Driver okay I am going to find some stuff I don't hate let's see there's gotta be some stuff okay Lumiere and Cogsworth have, a different, dynamic in the remake than they do in the original rather. Than them squabbling, and Cogsworth constantly, trying to restrain Lumiere here, they don't really fight and Cogsworth, wants. To stand up to the Beast you can't talk to us like that I forbid it, and Lumiere's, kind of trying to help him with, that of, course that doesn't, really go anywhere. Cogsworth. Never does, stand, up to the Beast so it's an art that is, added, with, no payoff, it's, different I mean it's not good but I guess I don't hate it I hope but we still had to no homo. This. Is hard um, - ch and Audra, McDonald, love those two don't. Love the characters, they are superfluous, and add nothing but, I always love me some to ch and Audra. McDonald, should just be in more everything, so, sure. This. Owl. Damn. That is a sweet, owl love. That owl oh and, Kevin Kline okay this is actually one change I unambiguously. Like like turning Maurice from an infantilized, man baby into a gentle, sensitive clock maker and Klein's sells it that actually, really really works. The. Original, DVD release of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Included a commentary, track in which directors, Kirk wise and Gary Trousdale and, producer Don Hahn were already audibly, frustrated, with people trying to over explain and outsmart the logic of an enchanted castle the most relevant bit that sticks out in my mind is where they try to explain or rather kind, of infer they shouldn't have to explain the, internal, logic of be our guest every, piece of flatware, doesn't necessarily, have a corresponding. Like. It's an enchanted castle, ergo. The stuff in it is also enchanted, that doesn't mean that everything that moves in the castle has a one-to-one human, equivalent but. Because one of the selling points of this movie is the over explanation, of everything everything. Needs to be explained, in the dialogue I'm talking, to a campground, there please. Yep, that's weird lad you pointed out how unlikely, that is so I can take off the million, layers of logic, Armour in which I have adorned, myself so that I can suspend my disbelief we. Can't leave things to people's imaginations. Then they might go make an internet about it see, it's stuff like this that legit, sucks the magic out of parables, and fairy tales but it needs to be explained to modern audiences that no not every object in the castle has a human corollary, hello. What's. Your name. Like. Madam crap hair the helpful toilet No what's. Your name ma, belle your dress it is stuck in your belt oh ho, ho don't worry it happened to me all the time back when I had legs an even more frustrating, addition is that the movie explained, that yeah, the servants in the castle see themselves as kind of on the hook for the beasts being, a jerk, you see when the master, lost his mother and, his. Cruel, father took. That sweet, lad. And. Twisted. Him out to be just like him we. Did nothing. Well. My dear, we were her kind of enablers. This, is like victims of abuse saying they had it coming and it was their fault because they shouldn't have made him mad we've, made up it and we. Must lie in it I understand. That movie nitpicks, dot-com, has some complaints, about us being punished, for the actions of a ten year old, but, you see my idea there's, a perfectly, logical explanation. For. That too this. Is another edition that gets dragged out because there's also the added element, that the beast's parents, were neglectful, and shitty and the staff knew but they didn't really do anything because it was you know an absolute.
Monarchy. But, whatever they see themselves as kind of deserving of their punishment because they didn't help the prince be better when they had a chance so we're. Klux now, thanks. I hate it but, the overwritten thing I hate the most is when the staff of the castle just explains. The plot to Belle that's. When the last pattern Falls the, master remains a beast forever and, we, become antiques. Another. Major change in this version was adding more stakes, to certain aspects, of the plot which. You know in theory fine. Instead. Of the rows falling apart now the entire castle is falling apart it's, not just the possibility, of everyone remaining as they are for all time the staff are becoming more and more inanimate, as they inch closer to Rose mageddon which I grew three more feathers and I just plucked yesterday, you know again fine not, the worst thing ever as it adds clearer stakes but, this adds to the problem is by adding these higher stakes they don't account for plot elements that they do keep from the original animated movie namely, the punishment, of basically, condemning, his entire castle, of ceasing, to exist doesn't. Really jive with his decision, to let Belle go. Go, watch. Master. How could you do that adding, more stakes around the staff adds a whole host of problems namely. Turning the beasts lack of concern for his staff from anger-management problems. And general immaturity into being actually, morally reprehensible a, set, of free. I'm. Sorry I couldn't do the same for all of you, I guess. Boss. Of the year sorry cave daddy so, adding these higher stakes kind of zaps the meaning from the moment where he decides to let Belle go it turns the beasts decision from a moment of personal growth into a trolley, problem, whose life matters, more maurice, our every, living being in the goddamn, castle, in this version the beasts letting Belle go is no longer him placing Belle's needs in front of his own but instead deciding, that maurices, life is worth more than everyone in the castle, who he has now doomed to death point. Being here that the movie wanted to up the stakes fine but, it fundamentally changed, what is supposed to be the emotional, core of the story that being beasts, growth is a person who can put other people's needs before his own because, this rubs up against the whole thrust of the story the higher stakes, kind, of necessitates. That the enchanted, objects, explain, their plight to Belle that's. When the lost packing Falls the, master remains a beast forever and, we, become antiques.
Yes Logically, it would make sense for Lumiere, Cogsworth, and mrs. Potts to do this but it diminishes what should be the emotional core of the story that Belle develops these feelings on her own terms in her own time she, doesn't do it because their, lives on the line she, does it because she falls in love with him because he begins to live as his best self not because of a trolley problem, which she, proceeds, to ignore any way because, Maurice needs help and while we're here on the topic of terrible, editing what is this. What. Was chip jumping, from, why. Is this happening, was, this scene really in need of more stakes out of nowhere. If. I can't live as a couple, died as a cop see, over explaining, everything in this case not only insults, the intelligence, of the audience which is perhaps deserved, because there is a certain sect of film commentators, who have built careers off of complaining, that their hands are not being held through the entire narrative it, also diminishes what should be a fairly simple but powerful story, about love forgiveness Redemption and, discovering, your best self but it's really hard for the Beast to discover his best self in this movie. Because. There isn't one. The Beast was a challenge, in the original movie because he had to be scary, repulsive, a huge jerk and eventually, extremely, likeable part of this is accomplished, through the medium of animation, which with a skilled animator is much better able to capture clearing, complex emotions, this, shot early on in the film shows an inner conflict in complexity, at a point the narrative where he's still the bad guy and all with no dialogue, the beasts transformation. Is inspired by wanting, to do right by Bell and Bell being kind to him in turn is earned, she doesn't become his life coach nor does she train him in the art of being nice but, she does give credit where credit is due 2017, beast is a massive, prick. And. I don't mean like he's an arrogant prick but then he learns the error of his ways like I think I think this is supposed to be charming actually, Romeo, and Juliet is my favorite play. Why. Is that not a surprise. I'm. Sorry, see. This is what is called a neg popularized. By neil strauss his 2005, book the game. No. I don't have a copy of the game lying around. The. Beast saves Belle from wolves, and while, he's out cold mrs. Potts explained that it's kind of the staffs fault he grew up to be a jerk and when he comes to and Belle professes, her fondness for Romeo, and Juliet.
Classic. Neg when I enter the loft, of dice well it might be because you abuse, them and they're afraid of you, see. This moment could have paid off by adding like one line where she explained that his staff is afraid of him and maybe, it could be a growth moment, we're going to lofty. Doings, but now. There. Are a lot of small bewildering, changes to the beasts character that are just I don't understand, why they're they're gone is this humanizing, moment where the Beast realized his anger got the better of him and he made a huge mistake. So, when he shows up to save Belle from wolves, it's kind. Of out of nowhere because. He never has that emotional, beat of realizing, he made a mistake in this, version Belle doesn't have a deal with the Beast so she can't renege on it. Which. Not only begs the question of why she sticks, around it also adds a particularly, yikes, dynamic, to the scene where she's running away and everyone in the castle is trying to imprison, her. Here. He is beating her in the face with a giant snowball. Which. He then laughs about not. Even like an ocean-like. Bed. She broke her nose then, followed by the change in the library scene in the original it follows the beasts change of heart he wants to do something for Belle that she will appreciate I've. Never felt this way about anyone, I. Want. To do something for her and the remake it's just him showing, off just. So many better things to read. Like. What. Well. A couple. Of things in here you could stop like. Check out my library, it's, pretty sweet, you. Can look at it I guess all of these small changes add up beast doesn't earn Belle's affection, so she's trying harder than he is and ends, up his king life-coach like she was in Belle's enchanted, Christmas and ends up doing all the, work. The. Beast is just a mediocre man, who fails into success by possessing, the right objects, despite never making any effort to rise to her needs and figure out what she wants, fine, I guess I'll go down to your level and this scene doesn't read that way in the animated movie we're, here the Beast actually makes an effort to use a spoon but he physically cannot but the worst thing is that these two have no chemistry, at all, it's. Foolish I suppose. For. Creature like me to, hope. Your affection. Hmm. But, all the same I never really buy that she grows to care for him it's honestly hilarious, how quickly she ghosts him when he lets it go and then, at the end when she's crying over him it's, just there's, just no chemistry here I just don't buy it and this scene is super not helped by the freakin, enchantress, barging, in on what is supposed to be a private intimate, moment, thanks for that Becky it, would have been great if he nagged her after he turned back into a man said. Something like wow your pores are much less noticeable now that I have humanized, and she's like it is you. Movie. Needs to be longer so. It pad this up with a bunch of crap that doesn't go anywhere. Some. Of these auditions are plot related a small. Example is the Rose thing a plot element from the original story Belle's, bitchy sisters ask their father for niceties where the virtuous humble beauty asks only for a single rose in the, original movie The Rose is a gift offered by The Enchantress, which then turns into the film's ticking clock the, 17 remake decides hey why. Don't we have both so. The new movie keeps the Rose and adds a backup Rose as in the original story and this goes nowhere and I hate it Belle doesn't have bitchy sisters, who ask for nicer things with the humble bill asking only for a rose here.
Belle Asks for a rose because what, can I bring you from the market. I, don't know something to do with the mom and you get to the mom food, and water is fine but don't you dare touch my roses. Oh, but it doesn't stop there because we have to over explain everything the Beast is like traumatized, by roses, I received, eternal damnation. A mini locking, hidden away as he explains, this with his words and that is why he locks up Maurice another. Truly bewildering, change is Lumiere and Cogsworth going, behind the beasts back rather than having that humanizing. Moment and having it be his decision to put her in a nice room instead of the tower I'll. Show you -. You. Want to want to stay in the tower No then follow me therefore, it is Lumiere, who told her not to go into the West Wing because, it is your own mouth so feel free to go anywhere you like, except. The West Wing. Which. We do not have not. The Beast what's, in the West it's forbidden so, there, is no tension and there's no betrayal in this scene because the Beast never laid down that boundary, which she then crossed. Why. You mad bro but. Some of the changes, are. Character. Depth. Vinny I think the intent here was to make the town sympathetic, and redeemable, which, they weren't really in the original and that was kind of the point the, original movie actually has a rather cynical opinion, of the masses. That. People are easily duped in the face of things that are strange and foreign and it doesn't pull its punches on that point but, the 17 remake does by making the town redeemable, which, isn't really earned nor is there any emotional, payoff when I don't know mrs. Potts, reunites, with mr., Potts and Cogsworth. Is reunited, with his apparent nag of a wife and then begs to be turned back into a clock. Thanks. I hate it so on the one hand there's this bid to make guests on kind of sympathetic by implying that he has PTSD a, truly, stupid and insulting, change that adds nothing look. Gaston doesn't need damage he is the high school jock everybody admires he's a hunter, he, doesn't need to be more than that he just needs to be a big handsome dummy everyone loves because he's arrogant and good-looking, because that tends to be how it happens in the real world and that's kind of the point of the movie so. The addition of Gaston, was in the war is awful. Not only does it add backstory, that goes nowhere but, as the film goes on it's less he was in the war he's damaged, so much as he like a blood psychopath, that appears to be aroused by the mere thought of violence. The. Remake has guests on giving Maurice the benefit of the doubt and it seems to be going in the direction of making Gaston kind of more reasonable, and sympathetic with, in blood. Rage so. Instead of Gaston being widely admired not, only is his characterization, inconsistent. And splotchy wonderful, book you have that. One. But you know folks, the, town is kind of skeptical towards him guess so did. You try to kill Maurice so, much that during Gaston, Lefou, is paying people to sing. Why. Had. This, why. Can't guess Don be genuinely, admired, by a small, town who is taken, in by a good-looking, guy who is secretly internally, monstrous, why, do we need to make the town both more bigoted, and more, sympathetic Vera poor provincial, town their, basic, they, take everything at face value including. Gaston Belle and the Beast that's, the whole point I hate it but the worst addition has got to be the. Book. Of teleportation. Okay. So the bells plague, mother backstory change is a suggestion that should have been killed in the screenplay, stage, because, it is so so, pointless and adds nothing so, Belle's mother was an artist and died, of plague, maurice never tells bill for some, reason, it's. Just tell me one more thing about her but. Don't worry beast has like a book that not only transcends. Space but also time, so, towards the end they go to Paris beast makes a tourism joke the, show's Alizee. Touristy. Belle, talks about the Paris of my childhood this, is the, resolve, my childhood. There's a plague masks, and. Bells like I get, it now and I guess they bond over their, mother's dying young and tragic then later in the scene in the padded wagon I know, what happened to my mom I learned, about tragic, backstory papa and now, we can resolve the conflict we didn't have and also has nothing to do with the story the addition of the space-time book, begs the question of why they never used it later hmm, if Maurice is in danger is sure would be handy if we I don't know had, some sort of device that got us from point A to point B in an instant the, worst aspect of this is that it adds inner conflict, that doesn't really need to be resolved, Bell wants to know her backstory, what, happened to mom fine.
What, Does that have to do with her learning to love the Beast what, does that have to do with the beast learning to put her needs before his own hell. It doesn't even really drive a wedge between Bell and Maurice it's not driving a conflict, between her and anyone it really. Has nothing to do with guest on it's, just jammed in there and it feels like it's yet another metatextual. Response. Where, are all the Disney moms ask the, click bait sites well here's your answer she. Did does, it add anything to the story does it enhance the characters, does it deepen any relationships. No but, it does offer a response to the complaint that Disney Princesses, have largely absent mother figures which, itself wasn't really a criticism of this story so much as a question of the broader trend in Disney movies where. Are the moms. Hey. Did you know that this movie has the first gay. When. It was announced that Lefou, would become the first out gay character. In a Disney movie the l's the jeez the B's the tease and of course all you filthy, filthy. Cues, responded, with a bra Rhea supplies. So. Yeah the LGBT, community responded. Overwhelmingly, with King, really which, got upgraded - are you kidding, me when we saw the final product, and the only out thing, about Lefou, that wasn't completely subtext. Was this, shot. Wow. Such. Gay very. Representation. So a lot of people were very validly. Annoyed that this was the best that we could get for the first out gay, in, a Disney movie well I used to be on Gaston, side but we are so in a bad place right now your tube could fall him anyway the, buffoon character, whose name translates to. The, fool you're, welcomed gays but, the worst offender, on the front of cheap safe Hollywood liberalism is Belle feminist. Icon. Teaching. Another girl to read isn't. One enough. Introducing. Beats machine. Feminism. Written by straight white men whose feminism, appears to have pretty much began, and ended with Disney feminism, from the 90s.
I'm. In distress I can, handle this. Okay. And I don't I honestly don't, want to all over he for she I think a lot of people in America and the UK miss that it's supposed to be like you know a global. Thing this, is not a dig on Emma Watson who I honestly think is a net positive and I really respect that she uses her platform to advance. A more globally, oriented, brand, of feminism. But. Somewhere. Along the line Disney decided hey, as long as we're using this movie to respond to every criticism lobbed, against, the original, we should probably go ahead and appease the feminists. While we're here so bill, helps, Maurice with his clocks. Thank. You Maurice, calls her ahead of her time I, was so. Ahead. Of the time. She. Leans in Bell attempts, to escape the castle twice, which, is so much more feminist, than the original, where she attempts, to escape a mirror once, Jesus, Christ I'm surprised, that they didn't like have bail like look directly into the camera and ask the audience if they thought she was developing Stockholm, Syndrome the biggest and most egregious, addition is of course Bell's goddamn, washing, machine a thing she invented, while also, promoting, female, literacy but. Oh no here, comes the patriarchy. Teaching. Another girl to read. Wow, it sure will be satisfying, later in the movie when this guy learns the error of his ways and that female literacy is important, oh wait. And. Then. They smash or washing she. Destroy. It I mean, at least you tried bail all. I wanted, was to teach a child to read. Too, bad that washing machine or your inventing skills will never be mentioned, in the movie again and I honestly hate, to point out historical, accuracy issues, in a Disney movie because, I do not, care I realized. That this is a sticking point for a lot of people complaining about the accuracy of the era that inspired, the film but I don't care boy. There's no depth to how much I don't care about, that, line of thinking, however. Since. The movie decides to play up the historical, aspect, of the film and decides to definitively, set the film in a period of French history that wasn't looking too bright for absolute, King monarchs. Female. Literacy was not a thing that was exactly frowned upon in this particular, culture in this particular period in history there, were lots of magazines specifically. For young women, the original Beauty and the Beast was even published in one of those magazines, so. This, was not a thing and I hate this because, not only was it not a thing it doesn't go anywhere at, no point does this guy or anyone in the town really ever have a come-to-jesus moment, and realize that like sexism, is bad and literacy is good but. Hey. Likewise. Belle being an inventor also never pays off she never like invents, a thing that helps the beast or the castle staff hell, she doesn't even get them out of the padded way at the end in the original chip bless them out you, guys gotta, try this. In this version Maurice. Does it but don't worry he uses Belle's hairpin. Lina and bill the worst thing about this is that the movie kind of implies that the bigotry of the town is a partially. Enchantment, induced which, yuck. Be. A problem that can / is solved. All they need to do is get woke. It. Adds all this crap about bigotry without, understanding its underlying causes, which are neither rational, nor enchantment. The, original MU is actually really good about this subtext, it gets that the bigotry of the town is heavily emotion, driven and not really dictated by logic, that's. Kind, of the point and that's why Gaston is so easily able to manipulate them beast will make off with your children. The. Beast will make up with your jobs, he'll come crossing over the border at night Wow these villagers. Sure do have a lot of socio-economic. Anxiety. Meanwhile, the New York Times is over here writing like 800, profiles, on anti, beast villagers, and why they still follow guests on but. In the remake the villagers see the error of their ways while. Not demonstrating. That they have actually learned anything but. Don't worry they won't be sexist, or bigoted anymore, and suddenly. He. Wasn't racist, anymore. Problem. Solved. Well. Not. Anymore. Boy, that was easy piece, for she, so. It's not even that these common bad faith criticisms, of the original movie exists and they're such popular, talking, points yeah, that is kind of annoying and basic but you know whatever but, the key to success under Eiger where it never took off under Eisner is that these live-action, remakes have to add something to their originals, make, meta commentary on, them so here we have a film that fixes plot holes that don't need to be fixed as dimension.
To Characters, that don't go anywhere tacks. On weird plot crap that likewise does not go anywhere and shoves, in some lazy hat tips to their version of progressivism, but. That this formula has proven so successful. Boy I can't wait for Dumbo now, with more emotional, support, and Mulan. But not a musical, because, China, doesn't like musicals, but. The worst thing to me is how much this new approach doesn't feel like Disney and by Disney I mean Walt who independent, of Cocteau had a similar approach to storytelling. According, to Walt Disney I do, not make films primarily, for children I make them for the child in all of us whether he be six or sixty called, a child innocence, the, worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be in my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing, it the fun and joy of living the, original Beauty and the Beast feels in the spirit of both Walt in Cocteau but the new one is just cynical. The merger with Fox Studios is another major element, here that means fewer movies, will be released in general and given, how safe these event live-action, remakes are more. Resources, will be put into far fewer productions, again, to go back to that Eisner memo we have no obligation to make art we have no obligation, to make history we have no obligation to make a statement but to make money it is often important to make history to make art or to make a significant, statement in order to make money we must always make entertaining movies, and if we make entertaining movies, at time we will reliably make history, art a statement or all three so, Disney. Under Eiger certainly makes money congrats for that but, they are no longer making history, this, is just safe regurgitation, of brands we've already seen catering, to a nostalgia, hungry market and that, wouldn't be so bad but more and more this comes at the cost of the creation of anything new and when, I gir saw the breadth of his domain he. For. There were no more properties. To remake. Parts. Of this episode were inspired by reading James B Stewart's book Disney, wore an audio book I listened to while stuck in traffic. And. I. Liked to listen to really long nonfiction like this book while stuck in traffic this episode was sponsored in part by audible, audible, has the largest selection of audiobooks on the planet and there was a lot of really great long non-fiction, that is perfect for your otherwise wasted hours stuck in traffic, audible members get a credit every month good for any audiobook you guard. 'less of price and unused credits roll over to the next month if you don't like an audiobook you can exchange it with no hassle plus, your audiobooks are yours to keep forever even, if you cancel you can go to audible.com slash Lindsey, Ellis yes it's just audible.com slashed, by legal given name to, get started, or via text you can text Lindsey Ellis to 500, 500, you can also find a link in the summary this episode was also supported in part by our patrons on patreon, thank. You as always for your continued, support we could not make over long complainy videos about the Disney Company without, viewers like you.