When Entertainment Weekly premiered new, never-before-seen images of Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, we were really, really excited. We didn’t spend all that time watching the VHS over and over and learning all the words for nothing, did we?
Emma Watson, who plays Belle, looks gorgeous in the famous marigold yellow ballgown, and the beast, played by a CGI-enhanced Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame, is tall, furry, and horned. You know, like a beast is. We’ve already seen the rest of the crew, including Lumière the candelabra and Mrs. Potts the singing teapot. Everything looks so perfect!
However, some Disney fans aren’t so pleased by their first glimpse of the Beast. It seems this interpretation of the classic cartoon Beast doesn’t quite live up to the one in their imagination – and we’re not talking about Dan, who is every bit the British gentleman ( Downton Abbey‘s Lady Mary ultimately thought so!).
But wait … isn’t the whole point of the movie that the Beast is ugly and mean due to a curse, and his pure and true love for Belle breaks that curse? The Beast isn’t really supposed to be handsome. He’s a Beast. Beasts are, by definition, not handsome actors in suits. That’s what happens at the end of the movie when he turns back into a prince! (That is so not a spoiler, so don’t get mad at us.)
Of course, it can be hard to see your childhood favorites in a new light, and so we totally understand if the sneak peek at the new Beast wasn’t quite what you expected. But it seems a bit….insensitive to maybe body-shame the Beast, given his cursed predicament. The movie premieres in March of 2017, which means you’ve got some time to get used to the live-action Beast.