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Beauty & the Beast
A wealthy merchant falls into penury after his ships founder at sea. He moves his family to the countryside to live a more frugal lifestyle. His six daughters and six sons resent the loss of their comfortable life, their social engagements, and their many admirers. His youngest daughter, Beauty, is the only one to make the best of the circumstances, throwing herself into the daily upkeep of the home in order to keep the family clean and fed. Her older sisters, who are less beautiful and less dutiful, resent her, and they mock her for contenting herself with menial work.
Skip navigation! Story from Movies. An enchanted, secluded mansion in the French countryside. A girl in a yellow dress, swinging around a ballroom with her hairy courter-captor. A sassy candelabra with a French accent, an plump and overprotective teapot, an uptight British clock. The studio's highly anticipated live-action remake is finally out March While the Disney cartoon made the story famous, the fairy tale has actually been in rotation for quite some time.
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Beauty and the Beast as depicted in an illustration by the British artist and writer Walter Crane. Although it draws on elements from folklore and mythology, the modern Beauty and the Beast story was created by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, an 18th-century French writer. Villeneuve's version of the tale is a novel -length story of fifteen chapters aimed primarily at an adult audience. Another French writer, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, rewrote the tale as a short story for children that was first published in the anthology Magasin des enfants Children's Collection. Beaumont's version of the story soon became more popular than Villeneuve's. Beaumont's version of the story was the first one to be translated into languages other than French. It remains the basis for most retellings and adaptations of the story to this day.