This past weekend marked the release of Beauty and the Beast, the latest live action remake of a classic animated Disney movie. This version of the tale as old as time felt remarkably similar to the original 1991 movie, which was among the biggest triumphs of the Disney Renaissance. In fact, once the studio has concluded this remake era, it's possible we'll look back on this time and see that the new Beauty and the Beast was arguably the most faithful to its animated predecessor compared to the other live action re-tellings. Nevertheless, a good remake finds ways to differentiate itself from what came before, and Beauty and the Beast was no exception. After all, it would have been boring if it was just an exact replica of the animated movie. We learned through Psycho that that doesn't work well.

While there were a number of minuscule changes sprinkled through the new Beauty and the Beast movie, we've gone ahead and gathered together the 15 biggest differences from the re-telling. If you happened to catch any other major alterations that we didn't include on this list, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

Oh, and it goes without saying, but there are SPOILERS ahead!

Beauty and the Beast the Prince

We actually see the Prince being turned into the Beast. In the animated movie, the backstory of the young Prince being turned into the Beast by the Enchantress was told through window stain glass artwork and a narrator leading the audience along. The narrator remained for the live action remake (though it was the Enchantress telling the tale rather than David Ogden Stiers), but this time we saw the event unfold as it happened. In this version, the Enchantress showed up as the Prince hosted a debutante ball, but just like in the animated Beauty and the Beast, he refused to provide her shelter, and she didn't take kindly to that.

Beauty and the Beast Belle and Agathe

We see the Enchantress in person. As mentioned in the previous section, the new Beauty and the Beast showed the Enchantress working her magic on the Prince in the prelude, but that wasn't her only appearance in the movie. It turns out that she was also laying low in Belle's village as Agathe, a reclusive older woman who is shunned by the other villagers. Fortunately, Agathe was around later in the movie to free Maurice from that tree that Gaston bound him to (more on that later) and nurse him back to health. The Enchantress also stopped by during the climax to reverse the curse she cast upon the Prince and other castle inhabitants. So even though she doesn't say much during the story, now the Enchantress feels more like an individual rather than a force of nature.

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