Well, guess what? Disney's new "live-action" version is just as good, and in some ways even better.
Check out what Bill Condon had to say in the video above, and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis and some recent links. "It's probably a safer strategy than taking all that money and trying to create new intellectual property".
Many "Beauty and the Beast" fans had lingering questions about Belle's mother, who's barely mentioned in the animated film. The title should earn north of $120 million domestically and around $245 million worldwide. Some analysts expect it could double that overseas. In the live-action remake, we are introduced to the Enchantress at the beginning of the film. Not only does the backstory allow us to feel sympathy for the main character, but it also shows some similarities between the Beast and Belle as they mourn the loss of their mothers.
THR touches on the stories of tight budgets for its talent, including "Beauty and the Beast" star Dan Stevens being denied a rental vehicle upgrade to accommodate his kids or the studio refusing to pay for "Cinderella" star Lily James' mother to fly first class with her daughter on a flight.
While the studio may not be so keen on spending money, it's certainly making a lot of it.
THR added that Friday's total will include $16.3 million from Thursday-night previews.
Is this take on the classic animated Best Picture nominee as good as you probably want it to be? The Lone Ranger, Tomorrowland and Million Dollar Arm all failed to recover their costs at the box office, as did the Disney-backed live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl book The BFG from Steven Spielberg. Other strong March openers were "The Hunger Games" ($152 million in 2012) and "Alice in Wonderland" ($116 million in 2010). The film has already broken a Fandango record for advanced ticket sales of family films.