It’s no secret that in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film, the Beast’s servants — made up of teapots, candlesticks, and the like — aren’t actually teapots, candlesticks, and the like. Nope, those forms are the result of the curse placed on the Beast, and their fate in those forms are directly linked to the Beast and his own form. Oh yeah, spoiler alert.
Only once the Beast has someone fall in love with him will they all return back to their true human forms. While these are forms you think would be saved for the very end of the film, it looks like the folks over in the marketing department have jumped the gun a bit.
The folks over at Beauty and the Beast Movie News have stumbled upon a theater display which shows LeFou, Maurice, Gaston, Belle on the left, Bell and the Beast in the middle background, the servants in their non-human forms in the foreground, and finally on the right hand side, we see all the servants in their human forms.
Take a look for yourself.
Admittedly, this a strange approach from a marketing standpoint, as I’m not sure if anything’s gained by showing audiences who these servants once were, but there you have it. Perhaps this was a way to showcase the talent they have behind the CG with Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, and Ian McKellen all providing voices for key characters, but they're not necessarily recognizable under those costumes.
I personally find myself a bit torn on their character looks. While I appreciate the desire to stay true to the original, this all reinforces my big problems with what we’ve seen of the film so far: why bother if you’re just going to ape the animated film? Regardless, there is no denying the distinct visual aesthetic going on here, and it’s nothing if not pleasing to the eye to behold.
What do you think of these live-action forms? Are they a bit too cartoony for your taste or just right?
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.