Presentation Title

Beast and the Beauty How and Why Disney Adapted La Belle et la Bête to be the Beast’s Story

Presenter Information

Sarah A. CanterburyFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Disney, Beauty and the Beast, Adaption

Biography

Sarah Canterbury is a junior at Marshall majoring in creative writing and literary studies, and plans to graduate in the spring of 2018. Sarah serves on the Student Advisory Board and is the Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta's English honorary at Marshall University.

Major

Creative Writing

Advisor for this project

Dr. Walter Squire

Start Date

21-4-2017 9:15 AM

End Date

21-4-2017 10:30 AM

Abstract

In 1991, Walt Disney Studios released Beauty and the Beast, an animated feature film adapted from French authoress Jeanne- Marie LePrince de Beaumont’s La Belle et la Bête. Beauty and the Beast proved Disney could continue to bring “Tales as Old as Time” to new generations, which they accomplished by redefining the role of a heroine, but more importantly the role of a prince, through the Beast. The features altered from the adapted story to the adaptation reveal what is the most important to those adapting. The ultimate alteration was made to the character of the Beast and his transformation from the stagnant character in Beaumont’s tale to the first dynamic Disney “prince.” In Disney’s adaptation, the role of the Beast is the most significant change, addition, and alteration they make and can help explain many of the facets of adaptation involved in taking the story from print to screen. This paper looks at how significant features of adaptation all relate back to the Disney team’s decision to focus on the Beast.

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Beast and the Beauty How and Why Disney Adapted La Belle et la Bête to be the Beast’s Story

In 1991, Walt Disney Studios released Beauty and the Beast, an animated feature film adapted from French authoress Jeanne- Marie LePrince de Beaumont’s La Belle et la Bête. Beauty and the Beast proved Disney could continue to bring “Tales as Old as Time” to new generations, which they accomplished by redefining the role of a heroine, but more importantly the role of a prince, through the Beast. The features altered from the adapted story to the adaptation reveal what is the most important to those adapting. The ultimate alteration was made to the character of the Beast and his transformation from the stagnant character in Beaumont’s tale to the first dynamic Disney “prince.” In Disney’s adaptation, the role of the Beast is the most significant change, addition, and alteration they make and can help explain many of the facets of adaptation involved in taking the story from print to screen. This paper looks at how significant features of adaptation all relate back to the Disney team’s decision to focus on the Beast.