Beyond Belle: 8 Beauty-and-the-Beast Relationships in Movies

By Alison Nastasi

As Disney re-releases Beauty and the Beast in 3D, take a look at some other famous romantic mismatches.

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Disney's 1991 animated favorite Beauty and the Beast is being re-released in theaters on Friday. The studio saw dancing dollar signs in their eyes when a 3D re-release of The Lion King performed well at the box office. They decided to give their film about an unlikely love connection the same treatment. The mouse house has three other 3D versions planned for Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid—which is a genuinely cool opportunity to enjoy the classics on the big screen if you missed them the first time.

The contemporary screen fable was inspired by the 18th-century fairy tale "La Belle et la Bête" and Jean Cocteau's stunning movie of the same name—neither of which featured Law & Order's Jerry Orbach as the voice of a feisty French candelabra, but all things can't be perfect. The trope of the angsty monster—a device sometimes used quite literally and other times implied—soothed by a kind and loving lady has been a cinematic plot line for ages (cue "Tale As Old As Time"). We looked at several examples of beauty-and-beast romance on film past the break. Did we leave out your favorite star-crossed lovers? Share them with us below.

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Image credit: RKO Radio Pictures

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