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Pure Fluff

Good afternoon readers! Considering the student body’s only concern for the past and next few days is focused completely on papers, finals, and tech weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to take a break from hard thinking. That’s why this week, instead of attempting to talk about something deep or meaningful, I thought it would be more fun to take a few minutes and think about something useless and silly. Something that doesn’t involve school, higher education, or even much brain function. This weeks topic is something full of fluff: the humongous plot hole in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Now, let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE this movie. It’s one of my all time favorites. That being said, this animated film has plot holes a sonic screwdriver couldn’t fix. Most of them revolve around the curse placed on Prince Adam (the Beast) and the rest of the castle. The terms of the spell are that the palace will stay enchanted forever unless the Beast could find love by his twenty-first birthday, inferring that the people placed under the spell age while enchanted (otherwise the age limit would be unnecessary). During the movie, it’s stated that the palace had been enchanted for ten years, and at the end of the movie the final petal on the rose falls meaning that time’s up and the prince is twenty-one (don’t worry, they were saved, literally, last second).

I’m not a math major, but I do know that twenty-one minus ten years equals eleven. Eleven! That means that the prince was eleven years old when the spell was made! Which leads me to ask: was he really selfish and unable to love like the enchantress said, or was he just a little boy who didn’t want to let the creepy old lady into his house? I’d vote for the later. Eleven’s a little young to make judgment calls on who he’d grow up to be.

That’s the most dominant of the plot holes that bother my brain. The second: the cast were living as objects for ten years. Chip, the teacup, is seven years old. Need I go into deeper detail why this is a problem? Then there’s the trouble of where Chip’s brothers and sisters disappear too, and what happened to all of the un-enchanted household object before and after the spell was placed on all of the servants (who’s numbers greatly change between the big song and dance scene and the finale).

All in all, Beauty and the Beast is a GREAT movie and it’s message isn’t found in the small details but in what the characters learn along the way. Still, you can’t help but wonder, did the writers know their math was as weird as the spelling of “Weird”, or did they not care?



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