Walt Disney Presents: "Beauty and the Beast"
Many of the images constitute what might be called aspects of the iconography of the fairy tale--the castle, the simple village, the creature, the enchantress who casts a spell, the beauty who can take the spell away, the enchanted mirror, and so on. These are images that are readily understood on first viewing as conveying certain set ideas that emerge from the fairy tale, though there can be variations. In Beauty and the Beast, for instance, the primary variation is on images of beauty and the meaning of them. Belle is beautiful both within and without, while the Beast is ugly because he has had an ugly soul. However, ultimately the Beast is good and not ugly at all, while Gaston is outwardly beautiful and yet ugly through and through. More than most fairy tales, the story of "Beauty and the Beast" is a story where appearances are deceiving. In the film version, the seemingly animated household utensils represent this clearly, for they are not enchanted furnishings at all but people transformed into objects as part of the punishment of the Prince, a fact that emerges in the course of the film and that is not readily apparent at the start.

In the opening sequence, the image of the castle appears through the trees of the forest. The li

 
 
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