Beauty & the Beast: Welcome spirit of confusion!

Sir Ian Mc Kellen thinks controversy surrounding the inclusion of a gay character in Disney's live-action

Sir Ian Mc Kellen thinks controversy surrounding the inclusion of a gay character in Disney's live-action"Beauty and the Beast is"rubbish

I honestly don't remember watching the story of Simba unfold on the big screen. Disney, are you reading this?

I know many of my friends did the same. While we've yet to see the flick, it's no secret that at the end of the traditional story, Belle ends up marrying her beloved Beast/Prince and lives happily ever after, big ball gown and all.

Which is why it is both exciting and terrifying what Disney has planned over the next couple of years.

While Beauty and the Beast is - as we all know - a tale as old as time, the new live action Disney film does carry some differences to the 1991 animated classic.

Faith Driven Consumer's survey also asked about Disney's primary motivation behind the "gay moment" in this most recent release.

"We looked a lot at what Walt did", Bailey said. Cinderella, in 2015, went on to score critical and commercial success, and The Jungle Book won an Oscar in February for visual effects. With this being the first openly homosexual character in a Disney movie, there has been some criticism of the film to the point where certain countries and theaters have threatened to not show the movie or at least demand a more censored version.

New songs - including one by the Beast!

Disney, which says the film is opening in most of the world on the same day, predicts US$120 million in ticket sales from the United States and Canada through Sunday. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Tony Award victor Audra McDonald as Garderobe. Not to mention Alan Menken, the man essentially behind all your favorite Disney songs, is back.

"We really like giving people a good feeling leaving the theatre", said Lieberman in an interview this week. Some fans have even made side-by-side comparison videos showing just that.

When Belle's father Maurice (an excellent Kevin Kline) gets lost in the woods and imprisoned by the Beast, Belle offers to take his place. Revivals of Dumbo, The Lion King, Cruella and Aladdin are being developed, and the company may also have in the works The Little Mermaid, a Maleficent sequel, another Peter Pan story and a fresh Pinocchio. With each one, fervor will be high, but so will nerves. It's a heightened mix of reality and fantasy, a mix of CGI and real actors who seem like they've been scrubbed until gleaming.

EW premiered the first look at the cast with a behind-the-scenes investigation of Beauty and the Beast, complete with secrets from the United Kingdom set.

Michael Balderston is a Philly-born, NoVA-raised writer who now works as a web editor for NewBay Media.

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