In anticipation of this weekend’s release of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” the web series “Honest Trailers” has given its no-holds-barred treatment to the original 1991 animated musical: “It’s a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme: an enchantress turning an 11-year-old into a feral monster who 10 years later traps a girl in a castle until she loves him. You know, that old chestnut!” Watch it above.
“Beauty and the Beast” is known as a wholesome family movie, but “Honest Trailers” exposes the seedy underbelly of its “tale as old as Stockholm Syndrome,” in which a young woman is kidnapped by a temperamental creature — “Please call the police,” sings Mrs. Potts. Of course, the same magic spell that turned the prince into the Beast also turned his innocent servants into objects — “Man this movie is messed up!”
But it has a positive message about how beauty is only skin deep and that true beauty is on the inside … right? It “teaches every kid it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but it doesn’t hurt to be so rich you own a castle with its own library and some magic slaves.”
Are you starting to see “Beauty in the Beast” in a dystopian new light? Wait until you hear the song parodies. Watch the “Honest Trailer” above, and discuss this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.