Back in January, my wife and I went to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D, part of a trend of older movies getting the 3D treatment we’ve been treated to this year. While I enjoyed the experience, I think I mostly just enjoyed seeing Beauty and the Beast in theaters again, the 3D was just so-so. It reminded me a lot of pop up books, each layer was flat and it was just a bunch of layers stacked on top of each other to give the 3D effect.
The Saturday before last however, I went to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts to see the travelling company of the Broadway . The play was good overall. I like what they did to explain the characters appearing more “human.” In order to excuse the fact that the characters are played by humans instead of animated candlesticks and teapots, is changed the story slightly so that the change from human to inanimate object is a gradual one. A short time into the play the winder appeared on the back of Cogsworth, where previously he didn’t have it.
Not only did this excuse the human appearances, but it also had the advantage of increasing the urgency of the situation in the story. The implication is that eventually they will be completely inanimate, unable to move or speak, making the breaking of the spell that much more important to the characters.