How Mamoru Hosoda’s “Belle” Compares To “Magnificence And The Beast”

NOTE: This text is NOT meant to say which one is healthier. It’s a comparability piece and highlights sure similarities and variations between the 2 movies. Each movies are nice and deserve a watch.

So with Studio Chizu’s newest movie Belle releasing in North American theaters, for a restricted time due to GKids, issues are wanting nice to date with $2 Million opening weekend (which is nice for many overseas movies,) and has gained reward from each critics and followers alike.

The movie, directed by Studio Ghibli alumni Mamoru Hosoda, identified for movies akin to The Lady Who Leapt By means of Time, Wolf Kids and The Boy and his Beast, and developed by his manufacturing firm Studio Chizu with some help from Cartoon Saloon for the backgrounds. The easiest way to expertise the movie arguably is in theaters because it offers extra emphasis on the visuals and sound.


The movie is a modern-day interpretation of the basic French fairy story Magnificence and the Beast. Our important character Shozu Naito, is an ungainly Japanese highschool woman who used to sing however misplaced her confidence when her mom died. In a brand new digital world known as “U” and creates an alter ego named Bell, later renamed to Belle.

On this actuality she is ready to sing once more and immediately turns into an web sensation. Whereas holding a live performance it’s interrupted by a consumer often known as “Dragon”, typically known as Beast, as he’s fleeing a gaggle of salt appointed moderators often known as Justices who wish to expose his true id as they see him as a menace. Belle sympathizes with him and seeks to search out out who he actually is.

I’ve seen this movie a number of instances. I really like the music and visuals and it has a really distinctive tackle the basic fairy story. I personally desire the Japanese language with English subtitles however that’s simply me.

However after repeat viewing I seen some placing similarities to a private favourite of mine, the 1991 Disney model of Magnificence and the Beast and I felt like sharing them right here.


So one thins I undoubtedly seen was a few of the character designs for the Avatars in U had been very Disney-like. That is almost definitely as a result of South Korean character designer and Disney veteran, Jin Kim, designed the primary character in addition to just a few others. 

His work on movies like Frozen, Moana and Tangled can’t be understated, however the similarities to his previous work are current right here since Belle typically resembles a pink haired Elsa or Anna.

Subsequent are some similarities with the story. I’m an enormous fan of the unique fairy story. I’ve learn it a number of instances and have seen dozens of various variations. But Belle has numerous parts which are distinctly related to the 1991 Disney movie.

The feminine lead is considerably of a social outsider in comparison with her friends, her mom has handed away, The Beast has numerous non-humanoid servants who name him grasp, the beast has a secret room with a damaged portrait hanging on the wall, the beast scares the heroine away solely to rescue her from hazard and brings her again to his citadel, there’s a important antagonist who desires to “slay the beast”, there’s an assault on the Beast’s citadel and the primary heroine helps rescue the Beast close to the top.

However one different main similarity, and probably the most obvious to me not less than, was numerous photographs drastically resembled the 1991 movie. I used to be unable to collect each shot because the movie remains to be in theaters however beneath are a handful of examples I used to be capable of put collectively. For those who watch the movie you may undoubtedly discover some scenes took inspiration from the Disney basic:

However this isn’t essentially “stealing” as some would possibly name it. It’s clearly meant to be paying homage to the cinematic landmark with its inspiration. The movie CLEARLY has many variations.

The movie is about in modern-day and the primary character is a highschool pupil. She has an alter ego who’s a well-known singer, she has a number of associates and a crush. The primary villain is an web moderator, the beast is definitely a 14 yr outdated boy who lives along with his youthful brother and abusive father. Our important heroine doesn’t find yourself with the Beast, not less than in a romantic method, and presumably begins courting her crush. However the BIGGEST distinction is the setting. We spend quite a lot of time within the digital world with totally different visuals types and curiosity with varied characters in there all whereas attempting to determine who the Beast’s secret id is. This movie is a good retelling of the basic story and additional cements Mamoru Hosoda as certainly one of Japan’s main administrators.

However this does convey up a superb query. What’s the distinction between paying homage to one thing or blatant theft?

Disney in fact has been accused of theft for many years with controversies like Kimba the White Lion/The Lion King, The Thief and the Cobbler/Aladdin and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water/Atlantis: The Misplaced Empire, although there’s loads of proof to counsel the opposite. However we additionally in fact have the Pixar-Dreamworks Rivalry. It’s a subject that’s with discussing however I gained’t elaborate on it any additional.

Belle is a implausible movie with superb music and visuals with a Digital Actuality world and suspenseful thriller story. It’s undoubtedly a fantastic reinterpretation of Magnificence and the Beast.  I extremely suggest seeing it earlier than it leaves theaters.

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