Things You Only Notice When You Watch Beauty and the Beast for the Hundredth Time

Beauty and the Beast has been this editor’s favorite movie since she first saw it, in theaters, in 1991. As far as she’s concerned it has everything: romance, humor, drama, music, sweeping visuals, and a really great life lesson. Suffice to say she’s seen the movie a few times, and after watching it for her entire life there’s a few things she’s noticed along the way. These things, specifically:


1. Everything going on in the stained glass window.
Your eye is naturally pulled to the prince in the middle, but there is a lot happening in the window. Who are those two dogs, why are they wearing studded collars, and why are they the only ones looking directly at the prince?


2. The hungry cat. Hungry-Squirrel-in-Beauty-and-the-Beast
There is a cat dangling off of the fish the woman on the left is trying to get for a cheaper price. He must be very hungry.


3. Belle’s dried flowers.
Belle is drying flowers by hanging them from her ceiling. Now that we know this, we somehow love her even more (something we did not think was possible).


4. Beast definitely did not decorate this room.
The fireplace is framed with gold hearts, there’s a floral pattern on the chair, a portrait of a woman in pink, and a still life with flowers. Is this Mrs. Potts’s doing?


5. That’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” behind Cogsworth!
Girl-With-a-Pearl-Earring How have we never noticed this famous (Baroque) Vermeer before??


6. Speaking of which, this painting to the left of Lumiere also looks familiar …
The-Laughing-Cavalier Yup. It’s “The Laughing Cavalier” by Frans Hals!

7. Belle and Beast’s dinner menu.
Is it just us or does it look like this meal is entirely comprised of cake, pie, and jelly?


8. Gaston seems to have a devil horse. Devil-Horse-in-Beauty-and-the-Beast
Let’s consider what we’re seeing here: Gaston’s horse has red pupils and its nostrils are filled with flames. Devil horse is the only logically conclusion.


9. There is a man stuck the stone pillar on the right side of the doorway.
How did he get up there? We know the enchanted objects wreaked some serious havoc, but what happened??


10.  There’s a golden swan to the very left of this frame.
Was this one of the enchanted objects we never saw? Why haven’t we seen it in the ballroom before? Was it a wedding gift?


What have you noticed after watching Beauty and the Beast for the hundredth time? Tell us in the comments!


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post called the cat trying to steal the fish a squirrel. We apologize for not being able to tell the difference between these two types of animal that really look nothing alike. 

Posted 6 years Ago
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