You can feel free to argue over which of the Disney movies is your favorite, but from an objective standpoint there's little to no argument as to which is the best.
With three songs from its memorable soundtrack nominated for Best Song Oscars at the 64th Academy Awards, Beauty and the Beast made history. Oh yeah, and it was also the first animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture –– and remains the only one nominated before the Academy increased the list to 10 nominees. So, of course, everyone's both excited and a little nervous for the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, though these new stills from the set should put some worries to bed.
Beauty and the Beast, along with 1989's The Little Mermaid helped kick off the golden age of Disney's animated masterpieces and stands as one of the finest examples of animation ever put to screen. But this is 21st century Hollywood now, which means that it's time to turn that classic into a live-action remake. It can be very easy to take a beloved animated property and suck every ounce of soul out of it in the translation to live action.
While Bay's Transformers and TMNT films have made a flying crap-ton of money, for example, they've done so at the expense of just about every scrap of nostalgia. So, it's reasonable that people who loved Beauty and the Beast (i.e. everyone) would be hesitant about the idea of giving it similar treatment. The film is still almost seven months away, but if the most recent photos posted by co-producer Jack Morrissey are anything to go by, fans can let out a little cheer.
Morrissey posted the photos to his Facebook page, and while the two biggest questions — Emma Watson's Belle and the prince in full-on Beast mode — remain mysteries, the photos do give fans a look at Dan Stevens as the prince in human form, as well as a shot from Gaston's memorable self-titled musical number.
Finally, Morrissey released a piece of concept art, showing Ewan McGregor's Lumière and Sir Ian McKellen's Cogsworth CGI characters. The caption mentions that those characters may change before the final production, but it still gives a tantalizing glimpse into what the final computer animation might look like.
Lumière and Cogsworth in CGI
If you can't wait until then to get your Disney movies fix, you can pre-order your copy of the 25th anniversary release of the animated Beauty and the Beast that will come packed with a number of special features relating to the live action film, including these stills and more. That DVD is set to be released next month, so you can relive the tale as old as time whenever you want.