‘Beauty and the Beast’: 9 Differences Between the Live-Action and Animated Movies #2

Let’s continue the last one.

5. A Motivated Imprisonment

The change in motivation for Maurice’s imprisonment is a switch back to the original fairy tale, written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and later slightly changed and released again by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Plus, intruding is one thing, but trespassing and theft are another.

6. An Empowered Heroine

The animated Belle offers to take her father’s place in the Beast’s prison — a decision he accepts over Maurice’s objections. That exchange is made without anyone’s permission in the newer movie: Belle cleverly gets the Beast to open the cell’s door for one last father-daughter farewell, after which she pushes out Maurice and locks herself away. The Beast doesn’t mind, as long as he’s holding someone captive. Likewise, the animated Chip is the one who rescues Maurice and Belle when they’re later held captive at Gaston’s request, but the live-action version sees the two escaping together by picking the lock.

7. A New Character

Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip have a new friend in the castle: Maestro Cadenza, a musician who is transformed into a large and ornate harpsichord on the first floor. He is married to Wardrobe — now named Madame Garderobe— who is housed in Belle’s room on the second floor.

8. A Mysterious Mother

Another new character is Belle’s mother, as the live-action movie explains that she died from the plague when Belle was very young.

 9. A True Villain

In the animated version, Gaston is a goofy egomaniac who pays off Monsieur D’Arque, the head of a local insane asylum, to pronounce Belle’s father insane and lock him away, leaving Belle free to marry Gaston. But D’Arque’s role in the wrongdoing is minimal in the retelling, as Gaston, played by Luke Evans, handles his evildoings against Maurice with his own two hands.

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