There is something special about Disney love songs. It is one of the patterns that exist in musicals. They are all share a similar quality. It doesn’t seem to matter who sings it- they share that same quality. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, and “Something to Believe In” all have that special quality. They have this kind of innocence and magic found in them. I was only listing songs from stage shows. My favorite classic Disney couple is Belle and Beast and my favorite contemporary Disney couple is Katherine and Jack. Whoever sings any of these songs- the magic remains.
What do you think is special and magical about Disney love songs?
The Beast is a character who has been cursed. He is a prince who has been cursed because an enchantress realized how selfish and that there is no love in his heart. The only way to break the curse is love another and to be loved in return- because who would love a beast? The entire castle ends up being cursed. That is basically the prologue of Beauty and the Beast.
Beast does at first imprison Belle’s father, but Belle takes his place. The Beast over time has fallen into despair because he felt like the curse could never be broken. Even Belle saw that there is no love in his heart. But she is now imprisoned in his castle and has been given on rule- “not to enter the West Wing”. Little did the Beast know the impact Belle would have on his life. Over and over again, the staff, who are now things like teacups and clocks and candles, have told him that maybe Belle is the one to break the curse, but he doesn’t believe them on bit.
Things start to change for the Beast when Belle enters the West Wing. This is when Beast loses his temper and that causes Belle to leave the castle. Beast realizes a big mistake he made, and decides to after her. Beast actually decides to save Belle in this moment and actually saves her from wolves from this moment so now his transformation is beginning. Beast and Belle have this constant argument in the castle ending with Belle telling the Beast that he “should learn to control his temper”. But at least he saved Belle and that did took an act of courage and that did show that he did care a bit about Belle. If he did not, he would not have gone after her.
In “Something There”, both Belle and Beast start to fall in love. Beast finally has some kind of love in his heart. The love he has in his heart is for Belle. Belle is showing the Beast how to love in many ways. In that one scene, through the enchanted mirror when Belle is seeing her father being mistreated by her townspeople, Beast lets Belle go. So at least he has fallen in love with. So he went from a selfish and unloving prince to a courageous prince and his transformation happened because of Belle. He at least let Belle go even if it might mean staying a Beast forever. Gaston does make the townspeople believe the Beast is dangerous and it is in that moment that Belle realizes just how much she cares about the Beast and hurries back to warn him. Beast fights off Gaston to protect Belle and soon enough the spell is broken.
I love characters with drastic transformations, but not for the characters who are villains or antagonists. Beast proves that Beauty comes from within in. Beast was ashamed of his appearance and that no one would love him. Belle taught him love. After falling in love with her, he had the courage to let her go and the courage to protect her when she came back.
Belle is the main character of Beauty and the Beast.
She is an independent young girl who wants more to life than her town. She is seen as odd to everyone in her town. She is a bookworm and strongly loves her father. This is especially shown when she takes her father’s place at the Beast’s castle. This act takes a lot of courage, but it does show just how much she loves her father. She can tell just how cold and selfish the Beast’s heart is.
Belle does teach the Beast important lessons later on. She does teach him the importance of love. She and Beast soon fall in love with love, but slowly over time. Even though she was originally imprisoned, the Beast eventually lets her go. You see her love for her father when she looks in Beast’s mirror and sees her father treated unfairly by the citizens in her town. So Belle overall is this strong, independent, brave young woman who shows that beauty comes from within and knows the power of love.
Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.
-Seize the Day, Newsies
What does the word courage remind me of in the world of musicals? Well, in musicals, you come across many brave characters who show their bravery in many ways. I decided to make a list of various characters who do show courage. I will do my best to explain why they are brave in the first place.
Possible Spoilers Ahead:
Newsies- Even though they have to survive off of Pulitzer’s newspapers, they still stop buying papers. They end up going on strike to go up against Pulitzer to say this isn’t right. They stay passionate towards the cause. Going on strike was a brave thing to do because if they don’t buy papers, they will barely survive, but still go on strike to make a stand.
Friends of the ABC- they are very similar to the Newsies. They have a cause as well and are planning an uprising to go up against the weak government. They stay passionate towards the end even when they know they are going to lose and know they will most likely die.
Eponine- She risks her life several times. Even though she loves Marius, she does anything for him just to make sure he is happy and safe. At one point, she goes up against her father when he tries to rob Valjean’s house while Marius is there and ends up screaming to protect the one she loves. Then at the barricade when Marius is about to get shot, she protects him by sacrificing for life so he could survive. She does not have a very good life, but yet risks her life several times for the sake of Marius.
Jean Valjean- he is an ex-convict. He ends up turning himself in when an innocent man is “Valjean”. Than at the barricades, he goes there to protect the one that his adopted daughter, Cosette, loves. When Marius gets shot and falls unconscious, Valjean takes Marius to safety even the only way to is go through the sewers.
Elphaba- she is brave in many ways. She goes up against the Wizard even when he is spreading “rumors” and “lies” about her. She always stays true to herself no matter what people say about her.
Beauty and the Beast
Belle- she ends up saving her father when imprisoned by the Beast. She ends up taking his place as prisoner. Then towards the end when Gaston and the citizens want to kill the Beast, she goes back to warn the Beast and wants to make sure he comes out alive.
Beast- when he falls in love with Belle, he lets her go. Then when Belle returns, he protects her by fighting Gaston. So because these two would protect each other, it makes them such a beautiful couple.
Can you think of other courageous characters I did not put on this list?
This is my 2nd Disney couple post I did. Unlike Jack and Katherine, Belle and Beast are more recognizable. The Beast was a bit selfish at the beginning, and as a result, the enchantress put a curse on him to turn him into a beast. It affected everyone living the castle as well. The only way to break the curse was to fall in love with someone else and be loved in return, but had to happen before the last petal falls on an enchanted rose. Beast eventually fell into despair and felt like there was no hope for the curse to be broken.
Major and Minor Spoilers:
Belle is only staying at the Beast’s castle because she agreed to take her father’s place after Beast imprisoned Belle’s father so Belle took his place. That moment shows just how brave Belle is. Lumiere and some of the other enchanted objects believe that Belle is the girl to break the curse. Beast acts out sometimes against Belle and has a hard time controlling his temper. So it doesn’t seem likely that Belle is the girl for him.
But one day after Belle leaves Beast’s castle after she went to the West Wing, Beast realizes his mistake. He ends up going after her and protects her from wolves. Beast has softened up a bit at this point. Both Beast and Belle are arguing, and Belle is defiantly not in love with him.
But over time, Beast learns to control his temper. Belle teaches the Beast how to love, and that is part of why he falls in love with Belle. During “Something There”, their relationship starts to blossom. Eventually Beast invites Belle to dinner and a dance in the ballroom. During “Beauty and the Beast”, you finally get to realize that the two have fallen in love. Because of Beast’s love, he lets Belle go after Belle discovers that her father is in trouble. So Beast makes a big sacrifice even though Belle is the one to help break the spell. But back in the town, Gaston and the citizens plan to hurt the Beast and eventually kill him and in that moment, Belle realizes just how much she loves the Beast so she goes back to try and protect the Beast, but what Beast does is protecting Belle. But things turn out okay in the end even though Beast almost dies.
Just like “Something to Believe In” from Newsies, “Beauty and the Beast” pulls you in with this kind of magic. That is part of the beauty of Disney love songs. With Belle and Beast, their love develops over time. That is because Beauty and the Beast is a love story. Belle does not start to fall in love with Beast at first. But when Beast starts to change and learns to love, Belle finally starts to fall in love with him. Yes, Beast imprisoned Belle and loses his temper at Belle at times, but at least he learns to love.