I think out of the recent live action adaptions of beloved Disney movies, I was most excited to get a look at Beauty and the Beast. It was easier to get my head around talking animals in the Jungle Book, and see the story of Cinderella unfold with actors stepping in for their animated versions but Beauty and the Beast is something different.
In the animated film we have household objects with a heart and soul and we didn’t bat an eye because it was animated. One of my biggest fears (strong word, I know) is how they would pull that off. I think Disney and Director Bill Condon may be able to pull off the emotional beats of this characters but I have to say I’m a little off put by their appearance.
Check out the trailer & stick around for my RANT afterwards, if you want.
For some reason Ewan McGregor’s Lumiere and Ian McKellen’s Cogsworth have a real “Transformers” look to them. What that means is that their characters look to busy. The extra movements of Cogsworth’s gears and the extra embellishments of Lumiere’s body clutter the character design, at least for me. It was my biggest gripe about the Transformers films.
In the cartoons at least, the Transformers had the bodies of their vehicles hiding their inner workings. The live action movie went the other direction and made the gears and guts the focus and it’s just too much for the eye too take in. Sadly, I feel the same way about this trailer. In the original film the designs for the characters of Cogsworth and Lumiere are simple, and it worked. Why couldn’t they do the same thing in the live action version? They could have simply animated Cogsworth’s face instead of all the extra shit.
But on the flip side of that they just animated Chip’s and Mrs. Potts’ faces and it sucks. Well, mostly just Mrs. Potts….anyways, Can’t we meet in the middle somewhere?
And while I’m on the subject of bitching about stuff that really doesn’t matter, Beast’s face. Disney went all out making everything else about him beastly, except his face. It’s to soft and lacks the beastly features of the animated version. He has a human nose for Christ’s sake…lame.
Anyway, movie looks great and is sure to have that ol’ Disney magic. I ain’t hate’n…just had to vent for a second….sorry.
Here’s a picture I found on Pinterest that shows the live action actors with their animated counterparts.
Beauty and the Beast comes to theaters March 17, 2017