Beauty and the Beast
In just a few months, Disney’s new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be released in theaters. I’m sure children are already excited about this film, and with every passing day, there seems to be more and more information about the film. Of course, this probably just adds to the hype that your kids already may have.
The 1991 the film was rated G for General Audiences. However, before you go and take your kids to watch what you may supposed will be a family-friendly film, you should know that this movie is probably taking a darker route than the animated original. The 2017 version of the film is rated PG-13.
As of the writing of this article, no one is exactly sure why the movie is rated PG-13. Not enough information about the film has come out yet. However, it is being speculated that this version of the movie may tie into the original story of Beauty and the Beast a bit more than the animated version did.
You may be aware that old fairytales are usually much darker than the Disney versions of the film. For instance, a quick look on wikipedia will tell you that in Cinderella, the Brother’s Grimm version ends with the two, evil step-sisters getting their eyes poked out by doves. Disney movies can get pretty dark, but somehow I don’t think killer doves would fly in a Disney movie, especially back when Cinderella was initially released.
The different versions of Beauty and the Beast have also had dark twists that, back in 1991, might not have gone through. Nowadays, there might be a different story. Disney may be drawing more inspiration from the older tales — we’re unsure. One version of the tale includes an evil witch who tries to do off with Belle. The animated film shares a lot with theoriginal french tale, but in the story, Belle has sisters who plot to make the Beast mad at her so that the Beast will eat Belle alive. To me, both of these still sound too dark for a Disney film, but until we have more information, we won’t know what direction Disney plans to put this lovable tale about a girl who loves to read.
The tale the Disney company decides to show next year may be a little scary for younger children. I don’t see why else a PG-13 film would be placed on a movie like this. I doubt they’ll curse, and I also doubt there will be any sexual innuendo that would warrant a PG-13 rating, but I suppose I don’t know that for a fact. Regardless, it’s good to stay informed so that you’re aware of what your kids may be watching in the near future. We wouldn’t want to scare our children, especially with a beloved Disney classic.