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If an animated film is good, then why bother producing a live‐action version?
That question may cross the minds of anime lovers in Japan, but Bill Condon, director of the 2017 film "Beauty and the Beast," a live‐action remake of Disney's 1991 animation, says that for him, real actors sometimes have more to offer.
"I love so much of the animation produced, but there's something about the reality of an actor's face that I miss, and that was part of the reason I wanted to do this － to see actors perform these numbers," he told the Mainichi Shimbun during a recent interview. "That is to me the thing that is so magical about musicals."
The film's songs include "Beauty and the Beast," "Belle," and "Be Our Guest." The music flows through a story of love unswayed by outward appearances, between Belle (played by Emma Watson), and a prince (Dan Stevens) who has been turned into a beast by a magic spell.
Condon, who wrote the screenplay for the 2002 musical film "Chicago," said there was "elation" in seeing a good performer deliver a song. He added, "Characters in musicals get to tell you how they're feeling."
"Beauty and the Beast" also uses computer graphics (CG). Condon didn't merely require actors to voice the parts of CG characters, but had them perform and incorporated their expressions into the animation. For example, he had Ewan McGregor smile for his character Lumiere, a talking candelabrum.
"Typically in animation, the vocal performance happens after the animators have been doing it. Here, that was first, and they really based everything on what the actor brought to it," he said.
As for the significance of producing "Beauty and the Beast" now, Condon said the movie disproved the common assumption that beautiful is always best.
"I think it's one that's worth telling to every generation," he said.