For a story as old as time, “Beauty and the Beast” fans appear to have a great deal of new disclosures.
A year ago, a fan hypothesis saying “Excellence and the Beast” and “Aladdin” were covertly associated turned into a web sensation. As per the hypothesis, when Belle discusses a book she’s read with “faraway places, courageous sword battles, delightful spells, a ruler in camouflage,” she’s really portraying things that occur in “Aladdin.”
While Chief Gary Troutdale later rejected that thought, now another conceivable “Aladdin” association has been uncovered.
The “Beauty and the Beast” triplets may covertly be wearing the haircuts of past, present and future Disney princesses.
Here we go …
Could this scene demonstrating the triplets in “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) really interface the motion picture with “The Little Mermaid” (1989) and “Aladdin” (1992)?
Subsequent to showing up in a Reddit post, the picture immediately bounced to the front page, so a few fans are getting it.
Disney is well known for interfacing motion pictures through its Easter eggs, or visual winks set in movies by its makers. (There’s even a Beast toy that appears in “Aladdin.”) Many of the analysts, including the first notice, applauded the hairdos as another conceivable concealed egg.
Some say the similar hair is just another example of Disney recycling animation, which it’s done in the past with movies such as “The Jungle Book” (1967) and “Robin Hood” (1973).
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Tom Sito, former Disney animator and current Professor and Chair of Animation and Digital Arts at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, has already cleared up some of Disney’s supposed hidden sexual messages for us before. On the triplets’ photo, he told The Huffington Post, “It’s an interesting observation, but I doubt it was intentional.”
Sito wouldn’t totally rule out a connection, saying the scene’s animator, David Burgess, “might have been inspired by some earlier designs like Ariel.” However, Jasmine might have not yet existed.
“Her designer, Mark Henn, was still working on Belle at the time,” said Sito.
Though he said some early designs may have been “kicking around,” Sito added that the triplets’ scene was animated “pretty early” in “Beauty and the Beast” production.
“I doubt Mark was doing anything on Jasmine yet,” he said.
From Sito’s insight, it seems more likely to us that Jasmine’s hair could’ve been inspired by one of the triplets, not the other way around. The Huffington Post also reached out to the scene’s animator for comment.
What do you think? Is it a Disney Easter egg? Be our guest and weigh in.