NOV 2021 - Loungefly Beauty & The Beast Belle Castle Mini Backpack, Crossbody Bag, Wallet, and Card Holder
October 1, 2021
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The Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castle 30th Anniversary Loungefly collection is available for pre-order starting October 1 at 12 AM EST. Get ready for one of the cutest cosplay accessories! Here’s what we can look forward to:
Loungefly Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castle Mini Backpack
Loungefly Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castles Crossbody Bag
Loungefly Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castle Zip Around Wallet
Loungefly Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castle Card Holder
In addition, look for more November 2021 pre-orders bags on our dedicated page here or the Loungefly Disney Princesses collection.
The famous animated classic Beauty and the Beast is 30 years old! You may have seen this Disney work before, but do you know what the original fairy tale behind the story is?
Disney is responsible for countless works that will stay in our memory forever, no matter how many years have passed. Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, is one of them. But while you probably know the story, do you know which original fairy tale they were inspired by to make it?
The premiere of the animated Beauty and the Beast took place 30 years ago, on November 22, 1991, to be exact. The short story La Belle et la Bête by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot, published in 1740, is a little different from the original narrative.
Barbot was inspired by ancient works such as Cupid and Psyche, from the 2nd century BC, and The Pig King, an Italian fairy tale. Several genre stories concerning a beautiful woman who falls in love with a monstrous man have been told for more than 4,000 years.
In the tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot, the protagonist’s name is La Belle. However, instead of being the only daughter of an eccentric inventor, she is the youngest of six siblings, three boys, and three girls, and they all live in a mansion with their widowed father.
As the name implies, Belle is the prettiest of the three girls. However, she is also the kindest, purest, and most intellectual, just like in the Disney version. The two older sisters remind us of the borrowed sisters from Cinderella, as they despise Belle for being the prettiest and fitting more easily into country life.
Not everything Disney creates is a pure fairy tale. However, many of the locations of its stories actually exist or were inspired by authentic scenarios.
The small village where the story takes place faithfully portrays the picturesque region of northwestern France. Since politically, the area was part of Prussian territories in the past, many of its towns are an architectural mix of German and French cultures. In general, the villages of Alsace are full of narrow streets, medieval stone buildings, colorful half-timbered houses, and a few tall towers.
The Beast’s castle was inspired by the Chateau de Chambord in Loir-Et-Cher, France, just two hours south of Paris. The building in 1547 by King Francis I to be a hunting residence is today the largest and most admired castle of the French Renaissance.
The main feature of the palace, which also appears in the animation, is the peculiar roof that looks like a forest of chimneys, towers, and spirals.
In an interview, animator Glen Keane confessed that he had a hard time creating the Beast’s castle until he got to know the French palace.
“I’ll never forget the morning driving up there through the mist and fog and seeing it there. I thought this is the Beast’s castle.”
Loungefly Disney Beauty and The Beast Belle Castle Mini Backpack, Crossbody Bag, Wallet, and Card Holder – November 2021 Pre-Orders
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