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12 Pre-Disney Images Of "Beauty And The Beast" That Will Make You Question Everything

There may be something there that wasn't there before.

Since 1991, there has been a pretty common, shared idea of what Belle and the Beast look like.

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But the stars of our ~tale as old as time~ didn't always look like this. Let's take a look at some of the ways in which they were depicted throughout history...

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1. Here they are in the 19th century as a warthog-looking beast and a classy lady with lavender hair and a fancy hat:

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(This will not be the first time you look at Belle and think, Wow, get a load of THIS hipster.)

2. Here, from the same illustrator, is a different fancy lady and another (better dressed) warthog who is about to pleasantly say, "Well, it is what it is..."

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3. Here's straight-from-a-music-festival Belle offering tea to a pretty run-of-the-mill bear:

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4. Here we see a ginger Belle and a bear that looks pretty darn adorable:

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Look at that blep!

5. Here's a thoroughly unimpressed Belle sharing a platter of oranges with what happens if a beaver bangs a walrus:

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6. Moving on! In 1908, Le Theatre gave us this fabulous feathered Belle and the skunk-lion-man who kept her prisoner:

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7. In this 1921 illustration, the beast is a lion who doesn't understand why his hostage won't cut him a freaking break:

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8. This 1940s beast looks like the University of Arkansas mascot decided to go to the Renaissance fair and perform stand-up comedy:

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9. This beast, from the 1946 film La Belle et la Bête, has the exasperated look of a man who just wishes his wife would stop saying she's fine and tell him what's wrong...

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10. Let's take another look at that beast...

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...lot going on in that photo.

11. This 1975 beast is wearing tights, flats, a hot lil' mini, and a drugstore Halloween mask. Belle, meanwhile, appears to have come straight from the set of the Little House on the Prairie TV series.

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12. And, finally, here's a TV show version of Beauty and the Beast that starred an '80s high school mean girl Belle who has fallen for her captor, a woman who has had way too much plastic surgery:

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Why do they have the same hair, tho???

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