Then VS Now: Beauty And The Beast

The tale of Beauty and The Beast has been told and retold for many generations. Join us in looking back at some of many nuances of the timeless story and tune in to The CW’s Beauty and The Beast, Mondays at 9/8c posted on

1. The Beauty

Then: In Disney’s 1991 Beauty and the Beast, Belle, a young girl who lives in a picturesque French village.

Now: The Beauty is Catherine Chandler is a tough NYPD cop.

2. The Beast

Then: In the 1987-1990 Beauty and The Beast TV Series, Ron Perlamn’s “Vincent” was covered in fur and very feline. Eek!

Now: The Beast is Vincent, a handsome young man with a dark past who is battling his inner demons.

3. The Soundtrack

Then: Dreamy, mood-filled music composed by legendary French film scorer Georges Auric.

Now: Snow Patrol’s beautiful song “New York” set the tone in CW’s early Beauty and The Beast promos.

4. The Beauty’s Entourage

Then: In Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Belle’s friends in the Beast’s castle are a group of animated household items who work to make her feel welcomed.

Now: Heather, Evan, Joe, and Tess are all part of Catherine’s life in CW’s new Beauty and The Beast.

6. The Stars, Off-Screen

Then: Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman, the stars of the 1987 series Beauty and The Beast appear together in a photo shoot.

Now: Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, stars of CW’s new Beauty and The Beast appear together in a photo shoot.

8. The Setting

Then: The 1987 film Beauty and The Beast is set in a lavish castle in medieval times.

Now: Present day New York City and its seedy underbelly.

9. The Nemeses

Then: In Cocteau’s Beauty and The Beast, several member of Belle’s family and entourage band together to try to murder the Beast. The most conniving of which is Avenant, Belle’s ex.

Now: Catherine Chandler was nearly killed when she was a teenager, and saw her mother die before her eyes. The assaillants are still at large and she’s determined to find them and prosecute them.

10. The Tagline

Then: “Once Upon A Time In New York”

Now: “How Brave Is Your Love?”

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