Disney’s live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast makes its stateside debut this weekend. We admit that, for all the problems of a love story based on holding a young woman hostage in a secluded castle filled with sentient household objects determined to keep her there, it looks pretty damn gorgeous. The one question that plagues us, however, is whether or not the movie will hold up to our high expectations, because the original is one one hell of an act to follow. Even if the new film flops, at least there are all of these nostalgic pieces of body art to remind us of how amazing the first one was.
When it debuted more than a quarter-century ago, Beauty and the Beast became an instant hit, cementing Disney’s already burgeoning Renaissance. The film was the first animated feature to be up for an Oscar for Best Picture — even though it lost out to The Silence of the Lambs, the nomination alone was no small feat, especially considering the cartoon epic was also up against “serious films” like JFK, The Prince of Tides, and Bugsy.
For any kid born during the second half of the 20th century, Disney’s animated films played a significant part in growing our tiny imaginations. It’s only natural that the characters from the movies would eventually make their way into the tattoo lexicon when we grew up. Whether it’s the suave candlestick-man Lumiere or the anal-retentive Cogsworth, the movie’s ensemble had someone for everyone (except Gaston. No one likes Gaston, except for his gay lackey, LeFou, who apparently has a crush him in the upcoming film).
We were surprised to find an picture-perfect color portrait of Belle and the Beast from the remake. It's flabbergasting that someone would commit to such a tattoos, because the possibility that the movie may suck is very real. This depressing fact aside, all of the pieces give us hope, especially the depictions of the Enchanted Rose, which — unlike the one in the cartoon — never lose their petals.
If these tattoos didn’t leave you swimming in nostalgia, check out the latest trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Judging from the footage, it looks like this is going to be a fairly faithful remake, even shot-for-shot in some scenes, and it’ll be something to see how the film’s directors handle “Be Our Guest” and its accompanying dining set dance number. To see more body art that take after Disney movies, make sure to visit these tattooists’ Instagrams.