Film Theory:  Beauty and the Beast’s OVERLOOKED Tragedy

Film Theory: Beauty and the Beast’s OVERLOOKED Tragedy


Every last inch of me’s covered with hair! Ohhhh Really? Hello, Internet! Welcome to film theory. Where today’s little episode will teach you that Not everything is ay-okay in Disney’s fairy-tale universe. Case in point, One of my personal favorites: Beauty and the beast. Similar to a lot of the classic movies like Snow White and Sleeping beauty, “B and the B” Opens with a storybook-style preface That dumps a whole bunch of exposition on the audience. Meaning the kiddies don’t have to shlep through a bunch of backstory before they get to the singing tea cups and promiscuous feather-duster. In it, we’re treated to a story bout an arrogant, shallow prince living in a castle that’s visited by an old beggar woman on a cold winter’s night. She’s looking for a place to stay, and then tries to trade him a rose in exchange for a night out of the weather. According to the story, he turns up his nose at her rose, and is so put off by how old and ugly she is, that he refuses to let her in. She warns him that real beauty comes from the inside, And that he shouldn’t be swayed by appearances But he’s having none of it and tells her to get lost. At that point, she changes into a beautiful sorceress and the prince sees that he’s made a huge mistake. “You’ve made a huge mistake.” But, his apologies come too late. In punishment for his arrogance, she turns him into the beast. So, what’s the theory here? Well, along with transforming him into a monster, the sorceress also gives him the rose he rejected. Which, surprise surprise, happens to be a magical rose. It comes with a catch that it’ll bloom until he turns 21, at which point he’s either had to have found someone who loves him, OR He’ll stay a beast forever once that last pedal falls. Basically the most elaborate hourglass ever. Oh and, before she goes, all the princes employees are turned into cutlery. Because of… reasons. So, ashamed of his looks and with 21 as the magic number, the beast stays locked in his castle with all his anthropomorphic household utensils. Which takes us to the point where the movie starts and Belle stumbles in ready for some good-old fashioned Stockholm Syndrome. It’s unclear how much time it’s taken her to get there, until Lumière gives it away in the song that’ll be played in dinner theaters from now until eternity: Be our guest. “Ohhh…” “Ten years we’ve been rusting,” “Needing so much more than dusting.” So, according to the lyrics of the song, we know that they’ve been rusting as household appliances for ten years. But-Wait a minute, how does that make any sense? We know that when Belle shows up, the rose has “Already begun to wilt”. So we’re in the home stretch towards the beast’s twenty-first birthday. If they’ve been waiting for Belle for ten years, that means that when the old woman shows up at his doorstep, the prince was… AT AT MOST: ELEVEN ELEVEN YEARS ELEVEN YEARS OLD. And I know what you’re going to say in the comments: “But Matpat, those are song lyrics. They might just be hyperbolic representations of real story elements.” To which I would say: “Wow,” “What an incredibly well articulated response for the Youtube comments section.” But, here’s my rebuttal: Beauty and the beast is one of the best examples of a Disney movie leaning heavily on song lyrics to forward major plot elements. It’s only through the songs in the movie that we learn how Belle dreams of finding more in her life, How we learn that Gaston plans to hold Belle’s father hostage, AND how Belle and the beast are developing feelings for each other. Belle sings about her book reading habits, Gaston sings about his tromping in boots and home decorating abilities, “I use antlers in all of my” “DECORATING” I mean, Yes, This COULD be a metaphor, but Siriusly, look at the antlers he’s using in his home decor! Queer eye for the straight guy, this is not. These songs aren’t about metaphor, their lyrics are meant to be taken literally. They’re about providing critical information about the characters AND their story. Which means Beauty and the beast’s prologue isn’t talking about just a young prince, it’s talking about a REALLY young prince. So, taking a look back at the movie opening again, with the prince and the old woman, we realize that the story we’re being told is FAAAAAAAAAAAAAR Different from what actually happened. The beast didn’t start as some Jerky, Arrogant member of a royal family, In reality, the prince, Who’s young enough to still be watching power rangers, un-ironically mind you, answers the door in the middle of the night Which, as an aside, should actually fall on Cogsworth as the butler. #ButtleFail Once there, this eleven-year-old boy finds a dirty old woman at the front door. She wants to come in, but he says no, because, well, you know… He’s a little kid who’s alone in the middle of the night! And she probably stinks of urine, and… Forest wolf… or something… Those things were SO scary… She offers him a rose, but he’s not interested because, well, can someone say “stranger danger”? Don’t accept candy (Or creepy glowing floral arrangements) from strangers, kiddos. “And knowing is half the battle.” And, when she turns into a beautiful sorceress, He apologizes because he’s a nice kid who didn’t mean to offend her. But the sorceress apparently has a vendetta, showing no leniency to a kid who was doing what ALL RESPONISBLE YOUNG KIDS Should have done in that situation. She curses him by making him grow up as a monster. As if puberty didn’t suck enough. Oh, and because she’s really a lot more evil than Disney’s storybook opening would have us believe, she also happens to curse everyone else in the house… because why not? Which probably be hatin’ on some rich folks up in this hazzause. Then, over the next ten years, he hides. even more than he would as a regular teenager. during that time, he develops a grand total of zero social skills, and doesn’t even know how to begin when approaching a girl, Much less getting one to fall in love with him. In his state of arrested development, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” He doesn’t know how to react when Belle’s father shows up at the castle. And he behaves NOT like a rational adult, but like a petulant child. Which is, Which is, Surprise Which is, Surprise (x2), EXACTLY what he is. The beast isn’t a monster! He’s not even a bad guy. He’s just a little kid who never had the chance to grow up. But hey, that’s just a theory! a theory! a film theory! a film theory! Annnnnnd… cut. And if you liked that video, click the rose to subscribe. If not, I’ll put a curse on you that forces you to watch nothing but Disney toy un-boxing videos for the next 50 years. And if you liked this one, click my theory on Harry potter not being the only chosen one, by clicking here. Or, find out why Shrek was a big middle finger to Disney by clicking here. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an expectorating contest with my name on it. [Subtitles added by anklejbiter] ♪♪ ♫♫ ♪♪ ♫♫ ♪♪ ♫♫ ♪♪ ♫♫

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  1. Okay…

    This is the first time I've ever said this… Ever.

    You've ruined my childhood.

    For all the theory channels I've subscribed to. For all the videos I've watched, that has never happened until now.

    So… Bravo?

  2. I hate yo burst your bubble Mat but this theory is a total bust we actually seeΒ a flashback of the opening in the enchanted Christmas showing him as not a kid who is almost in high school but a grown man so theory BUSTED!!!

  3. is anyone else now a bit creeped out that beast (still being about eleven mentally) had to get some TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM to break the curse?

  4. THEROY!

    The old lady with the rose is really…

    The Enchantress from Marvel angry over her prediction of Disney's buyout of Marvel. Crossover confirmed!!! 🀯

  5. Old woman: Let me in, child, I’ll give you a nice little rose
    Prince: Umm…no shuts door
    Old woman: Good boy, you know stranger danger dies
    The end

    Side note, I always wanted to pet Beast like a dog, he looks so cuddle-able! πŸ˜‚

  6. I always assumed that everyone stopped aging when they were cursed. Meaning that everyone was kinda frozen in time until the curse was broken. Like chip was a child when he was cursed, and he was a child when the curse was broken. I also always assumed that the rose had a time limit, but that time limit wasn't necessarily tied to anyone's age. Yeah, that would make all the characters technically "older" in life experience, but also physically the same age. Like the prince would be way older than Belle, and over time, but around the appropriate physical age. If the prince was 11 years old, when he was cursed he would have been changed back into an 11 year old when the curse was broken. Or that was always my understanding.

  7. Hey, matpat, I was watching this movie the other day, and I had a thought for another theory for this one. It seems like it'd be easily answered but…. Beast is, well, a beast and all of his servants are furniture or kitchenware…. So who is stocking his kitchen?

  8. I'm curious. Belle in Disney gets Stockholm syndrome but the once upon a time belle doesn't. Focusing on ouat, she falls in love with rumplestilskin after he spared Robin hood's life. Ths ouat version of him turning into a beast was him being the dark one, but true loves kiss didn't stop that, it only made it worse. Can you explain this better than I can.

  9. #ButtleFail is Hilarious!!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  10. The next time my 13 year old son tells me someone is at the door, I'm going to say ask who is it? #ButtleFail!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  11. Matpat: But that’s just a theory A FILM THEORY
    Me: Dammit mat you make these great theories to get me thinking then you say that :^

  12. Right at the beginning of the video you make a joke about a hyperbolic song lyric so why can't the ten years be hyperbolic too?

  13. Someone never saw the straight-to-dvd movie "Beauty and the Beast: An Enchanted Christmas" where they actually show a fully animated version of that scene, with the prince (who looks much older than 11) is actually a total brat, complaining vehemently about his Christmas presents, to include a book and a song composed just for him.

  14. Eleven was the typical age for marriage and still is in some parts of the world. Also 30-40 was the life expectancy at that time.
    The true betrayal is that the original story was written to convince young girls to marry abusive men and stay with them so, that their extended families could enjoy the beastly man's wealth.

  15. In the book tale as old of time as time which is a Disney book it says that he is 11 and the portrait is to remind him what he would have looked like.

  16. You probably said it as a joke, but I am so sick and tired of people saying belle falls for the beast because of Stockholm syndrome.

    In the movie, belle stands up to the beast. Calling him out for his bad behaviour. So the beast realises that he has been acting like a jerk and works on his temper. He grows as a person and starts to empathise with other people. That is why belle falls for him. She sees his caring personality come out.

    This would only be Stockholm syndrome if the beast didn't change, and belle still fell for him.

  17. It makes even more sense if you stop to think about when the story takes place. It take place in the French countryside roughly 10 years after the french revolution. It as absolute plusable that his parents were killed in the beheadings, thus leaving the servants to raise him. That would then mean that he wouldn't have EVEN KNOW HIS PARENTS, since he would have been one at the start of the French Revolution. Knowing that this takes place shortly after the start of the revolution would also explain why the enchantress was so cruel to him. The common people of France didn't like the royals AT ALL(hence the beheadings). She was simple looking for a reason to punish a young prince, a young BOY, who was born in the wrong place, in the wrong time.

    But that's just a theory, a COMMENT THEORY! Hope you enjoyed.
    Also, let me know what you think, this is my first comment theory.

  18. It's fact, I remember he was a kid when he answered the door, not an adult. Again maybe I have a bad memory or Disney changed it over the years with new releases.

  19. I always tought the story behind was to always relay on your parents. The kid tried to decide what to do with the stranger by himself. Out of curfew

  20. The current live-action remakes take film nitpicks or these, fairly good notwithstanding, theories and make the live-action ones dry and awkward and charmless. Everyone remember in the live-action Beauty and the Beast when all the decades criticism gets jammed into scenes. Bleh.

  21. Why couldn’t his employees save him??? They all loved him. It could’ve ended like Penelope when she started to love herself and the pig nose disappeared

  22. When Beauty and the Beast (animated, as opposed to the live action remake that I call "Hermione and the Beast") was first released, I was all of nine years old, but I did the math, and figured out that the enchantress was the real villain of the story. At that age, I didn't make the connection that the beast was immature because of this, though.

  23. you know how you said it was the Butler's fault for letting the beast open the door? What if she knew that and decided to curse everyone because of the butler and not the child?

  24. Me as a child: well that's what happens when you judge someone for their appearance.

    Adult me: so you cursed an 11 year old child just for turning you away when you are a stranger at night? And to top it off you curse everyone in the castle as well? And you are supposed to be a good fairy? Lady I think you have problems.

  25. The age is a mistake on Disney's part which would probably explain the beast in painting (which while there is no evidence it's him in the painting it is the most likely possibility) that the beast tore thru where he looks older than 11 which kinda fucks everything up a bit

  26. Lol I got an ad for my school when I clicked on this video and it was like **school**…….. YAY MATPAT RUINING MY CHILDHOOD HAHA

  27. Beauty and th4 beast isn't Stockholm syndrome, belle only starts to love him when he becomes nicer and lets her go, the REAL Stockholm story in Disney is in tangled with mother gothal

  28. if he was 11 when the witch cursed him and they were sitting around for 10 years he would have already BEEN 21. dId No OnE dO tHe MaTh HeRe?????

  29. Wait so he gets turned into a beast for being a literal child not saying some weird old beggar woman can't sleep in his castle also where the hell are this dudes parents or family

  30. Why did the people in the palace let an 11 year old kid open the giant front palace doors when there are so many adults?

  31. Isn’t there a picture of the full grown prince not in beast form that he rips up how could he have been a child and get a accurate depiction of a adult version of himself?

  32. Antlers and deer were always a symbol for renovation and natural renewal – a sign of the seasons changing and further revolting the cycle of the years. Let that sink in.

  33. When Mat said he would curse us to watch unboxing vids I said out loud I have headphones on mind you.. β€œI’ll fucking kill you Matty Patty.” And my mom just gave me the look like wtf child

  34. also in it his father makes him a bad person.he has a very sad backstory, which is scatterd throughout the book

  35. this theory was very near the logic. It was very good. I even did the math in my mind if the beast, when he opened to the hag the door, will be 11 years old, and it was corect…. i am such happy for you, mister matpat! πŸ™‚

  36. As well as this, wasn’t there something in beauty of the beast about the sorceress, as part of the curse, making the whole world forget about the prince and the entire castle? If so, that would mean this lady made the princes parents forget about him, because they definitely aren’t any of the people transformed into appliances. So she also took away the kids parents.

  37. I just get tired of Disney trying to teach kids to engage with vagrants. One of these days a kidnapping will occur that is 100% Disney's fault.

  38. well, to those who actually do not know: "beauty and the beast" is based on a 1740 french pornographic(!) love novel. in that novel, the prince was cursed by a vengeful governess who tried to sexually seduce(!) a 12 years boy. she wanted the queen's throne, but out of everyone in the castle, the young prince busted his governess and the queen kicked the hag out. talk about the beast being a victim… πŸ˜‰ oh, btw: in the novel, the beauty never tries to teach the beast table manners. in contrast, she is impressed how charming and well-behaved the beast is and how much she gets pampered by him. what's even more: the beast calles her "my mistress" and "new mistress of my castle".

  39. This Theory actually explains why he struggles to read and follow etiquette. If he was 11 he was still learning these things when his education abruptly stopped on account of the change. Whereas if he was already a man it just shows exactly how heartless and depressed a person he is that just basically said screw this when he was changed.
    On the last comment, that is also a valid point to be explored. If the Prince aged as a Monster it stands to reason that the staff would as well while being household items. So if you work on the assumption that aging is slowed for everyone in the castle and the Prince was cursed at the age of 17/18 (the age he looks like to me in the glass window telling) , he must have been one pompous, self-centered, depressed teenager that probably experienced some sort of trauma earlier in life.

    @FilmTheorists what is your theory on The Princes parents?

  40. Wake up Mac Pat if he was 11 years old and 10 years have passed Woodley already be 21 years old seat that don't make sense you're through he's over sorry

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