In this latest installment of “Something to Think About,” we examine the timelessness of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale in a variety of adaptations, most notably with Jean Cocteau’s 1946 fantasy classic, the hit 1987-90 television series, and Disney’s smash animated film from 1991. At the time of this episode’s recording, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast had yet to see release in theatres, with all the podcast participants – Albert, Pedro, Tony, Steven, and Kelvin – eagerly awaiting their first viewings of the film. In anticipation of the new film’s release, the quintet reflect on their early experiences with the fairy tale, analyze the success and fallbacks of various film and television adaptations, examine the characterizations of the Belles and their Beasts, and select their favorite song and score. To celebrate the newest tale as old as time, let’s take a look back at the various retellings through time.
Note that this episode begins with the overture to the 2017 remake in order to gradually ease listeners into the experience. You can skip this by jumping to 3:17. To download this episode, click here. Enjoy the show! Feedback is always appreciated!