Caffeinated Convo: “Beauty and the Beast”–Original or New?

“Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly….”

Oh, my heart! Love this song!!

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Okay! Who’s seen the new “Beauty and the Beast”? I was super psyched to take my girls (ages 15, 12 and 6) this past weekend and let me just say—that movie did not disappoint! Fantastically done! Woo! *cartwheel*

Which got me thinking…between the original Disney cartoon version and the newer live-action flick, which one do I like better? So, without further ado, I bring you this week’s Caffeinated Convo question!

Do you prefer the original cartoon “Beauty and the Beast” or the new Emma Watson caffeinated version?

As inclined as I am to choose the original—who doesn’t love a good cartoon?—I think I have to side with the new live-action film! Maybe it’s how incredibly spot-on Emma Watson got the character of Belle? Maybe it was how eloquently Dan Stevens portrayed the Beast? Possibly because the all-star cast literally knocked the Beast off his feet?! All I know is that I wanted to jump through that stinkin’ screen and start dancing and singing and become best friends with LaFou! Eee!

I will admit, as much as I love the Harry Potter movies, I was a little reserved before the movie began—How would I feel about Hermione playing such an iconic role? But then Emma walked on screen and started singing and…holy crow! The girl’s got lungs! I just LOVED her dramatic interpretation of the songs!! I literally teared up during the opening song. And, maybe it’s just me, but somehow I feel like this movie might mean more to those of us who were young when the original came out? (Okay, by young, I mean high school, but still….) But when that theme song played while the Beast and Belle danced around that ballroom—sorry. Total tears! So beautiful, people!! Ack!

So, what about you? Haven’t seen it yet? GO! NOW! Already gone and ready to see it a second time? (As my 12 YO has already done.) Then please join in the conversation! Which movie do you prefer, the old or the new? Or is there an even balance you’d like to strike between the two? Let’s talk, friends!

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9 thoughts on “Caffeinated Convo: “Beauty and the Beast”–Original or New?

  1. Don’t make me choose!!! 😂 I think I would have to pick the live action. The animated film will always have a special place in my heart but it feels so dated now. The live action was just so perfect and had a stellar cast!!!

  2. I think I’d have to see the Live Action one again to completely choose, but right now I think, simply for nostalgias sake, I love the original. The Live Action was fantastic, but I think the Cartoon just pulls forward for me simply because I saw it first, and saw it so many times. Will they both stand the same test of time? Will one pull out in front of the other? I can’t quite say just yet. I was definitely a big fan of some of the changes in the new one, some of the plot holes nicely filled in, but still… Will let you know in a few years maybe! Haha.

    • Yes, I hear you! 😁 Despite how much I enjoyed Emma, I will always hear Paige O’Hara singing in my head. 😍 But I did enjoy hearing new voices, too. Such a hard call!! 😜

  3. We got to go and see it for my birthday, and OH MY GRAVY.

    My eleven year old brother went with me (and one of my sisters and my mom), and as soon as you saw the Disney castle, he just held out his arm, and I didn’t let go of him until my dad picked us up!! 😀

    Ooooh. The original or new???? I don’t know. I think that this is one of the (rare) cases, where both movies balance each other, and just add to both experiences. I don’t know. I can’t choose!! XD

  4. I love your new banner. Where did you get the font for your name?
    I loved the original cartoon soo much so I’m stoked to see this in theaters HOPEFULLY IN APRIL SOMETIME. I was supposed to go last week but it didn’t work out.
    I have heard nothing but awesome things though so I’m excited 🙂

  5. Also I’m super duper trying to not read all the spoilers. Even though obviously I know what happens, live action ones tend to be a bit different.
    Did you see the live action cinderella? I know it came out a while back. What did you think?

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