Even Belle and Aladdin can’t stop thinking about it. (Images: Disney)
It’s been years (decades, in some cases) since the release of The Little Mermaid, Mulan and other beloved Disney films, and yet we still can’t stop obsessing over them.
Barely a day goes by without a new plot theory making headlines or Snow White and her princess posse being “reimagined” by someone with a deft hand at Photoshop.
To be perfectly honest, we can’t look away — and the latest fan theory, linking two of the most popular Disney creations, has us particularly entranced.
Here’s the story: You might recall that in Beauty and the Beast, Belle is a mad bookworm. She’s always wandering around with a basket full of books and her nose stuck in one of them, a fact that puzzles her fellow townfolk.
Her brutish, cleft-chinned admirer Gaston is even less impressed. “Belle, it’s about time that you got your head out of those books and paid attention to more important things… like me,” he tells her in one scene, before carelessly tossing her novel in the mud. Ugh, Gaston. He’s the worst.
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Anyway, during the song Belle our well-read heroine pops in to her local library to replenish her supply (it was a time before Kindles, remember). When the librarian informs her there’s nothing new on the shelves, she settles on a personal favourite — which, as the librarian quickly points out, she’s already read twice. Classic Belle.
“Well, it’s my favourite! Far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise…” she explains.
A few verses later, she elaborates on the narrative while hanging out with some sheep next to a stone fountain, as you do. “Oh, isn’t this amazing? It’s my fav’rite part because, you’ll seeeeee…” she sings.
“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that it’s him ’til chapter three!” (You’ve got the tune in your head now, don’t you? Sorry.)