Disney just released new promotional posters for the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and they look like something straight out of “Harry Potter.” Each poster features a character from the classic animated tale, but instead of a still photo, Disney brought them to life in moving pictures.
Just check out this magical animation of Emma Watson as Belle.
And here’s Dan Stevens as Beast.
Since the live-action film features a star-studded cast, it’s not surprising that Disney chose to feature the characters of the castle as humans beside their non-human form.
Additionally, each poster was uniquely designed with movements to fit its character’s personality. Ewan McGregor, for instance, is seen waving an arm as the charming and hospitable Lumiere.
Ian McKellen is shown as Cogsworth in (surprisingly) good spirits.
And Emma Thompson is seen as Mrs. Potts enjoying a nice spot of tea.
To say these posters are magical is a serious understatement.
On Twitter, fans went wild.
We completely agree!
“Beauty and the Beast” will hit theatres on March 17, 2017.
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As the castle that inspired the one in Sleeping Beauty
, it's the original Disney castle—though not quite as medieval as one would think. Built by King Ludwig II in 1869, the castle's architecture is more akin to the romantic style of its time and its high position in the mountains was not for military advantage, but because King Ludwig knew a great view when he saw one.
As one of the latest Disney movies to steal our hearts, Frozen
has put a new travel destination at the top of our bucket lists—Norway. Though Frozen
's fictional kingdom of Arendelle takes its name from the Norwegian town of Arendal
, the scenery in the movie is most similar to the city of Bergen
located in the Western Fjords. Though it's a great place to visit year-round, to have the true Frozen
experience, it's best to visit in winter to live in Elsa's wonderland for yourself. You can see the Northern Lights or take a boat tour
through any of Norway's awe-inspiring fjords.
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There's no debating that Brave
is one of Pixar's most visually masterful movies, but it wasn't just Merida's hair that had us mesmerized. Backdrops of Scotland's green and stony forests stole the show, and when you visit Scotland
you'll find that the valley that inspired it is even more beautiful in real life. Glen Affric
is a forest located in the Scottish highlands and is generally thought of as the most beautiful glen in Scotland—and the best (and most Brave
) way to explore this enchanted forest is by horse. Choose your own adventure with something as rigorous as a six-day trek across
the valley … or maybe just a day trip
If you want to see the other parts of Scotland that inspired the movie's animators, visit Dunnotar Castle
and the Calanais Standing Stones
. And if you really want to test your feats of strength, plan to travel during the spring to make it in time for the Highland Games
While you might be able to see the cast of The Lion King
at your nearby zoo, there's nothing like tearing down the glass walls and seeing the animals in their natural habitat. Going on safari in Africa doesn't just mean getting up close to the animals that inspired the beloved characters of the movie, it also means taking in the vast savannahs and deep jungles shown in the movie. While the "Pride Lands" aren't actually a place you can visit, they are inspired by different parts of Africa—if you look closely in the opening sequence you can see some of the continent's natural wonders, like Mt. Kilimanjaro
and Victoria Falls
It can be hard to choose
where to go with so many stunning countries and diverse environments to choose from, but the beauty of The Lion King
is that no matter where you go, it will feel like you've walked right into the scene. And if you get as lucky as I did
, you might even encounter a special moment straight from the movie.
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celebrations. But why not taste the beignets yourself and head down to New Orleans to experience this lively city and take part in the celebrations? Explore the French Quarter and Bourbon Street
, and take sometime to relax and enjoy the city's excellent cuisine.
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, the world's highest waterfall, is located in Venezuela's Cainama National Park
. Though it is one of Venezuela's most popular attractions, getting to the falls is no easy task given the thick forest that surrounds it. Getting there
involves a four-hour river trip from Cainama and a long hike through an uphill jungle to reach the base of the falls. For sure it's a tough trip, but it's undeniably an adventure.
Though Nemo's adventure takes him all the way to Sydney
, the story begins at the Great Barrier Reef located off the coast of Queensland in Australia. It's the largest coral reef in the world and one of the most beautiful. Book a snorkeling trip to Cairns
and all you have to do to find Nemo is get into the water. Among the stunning shapes and colors of the coral you'll find the wildly diverse marine life that inspired the characters in the movie.
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and Paris By Mouth
to get the best of all Paris has to offer from the finest restaurants to the smallest cafes.
While the Huns have long been defeated, you can still follow in Mulan's footsteps with your own epic adventure in China. Instead of fighting the crowds at the most popular section of the wall, why not try hiking it? With tours like this one
from G Adventures, you can spend six days trekking along the ancient structure and imagining what it would be like to a be looking out on watch for an approaching Mongolian horde. This particular itinerary also includes a tour through Beijing's Forbidden City and daily Tai Chi lessons to prep your legs for the hike.
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This movie isn't always historically accurate, which lends itself to the movie's hilarious anachronisms, but the setting is actually based on the Incan Empire. As we follow the narcissist Emperor Kuzko on his quest to be transformed back into a human after being turned into a llama, the inspiration of the ancient Inca culture is apparent from the landscape to the architecture. Though the Inca are long gone, you can still visit the ruins of Machu Picchu
in Peru, which many historians believe was once an estate or citadel built for an ancient emperor. You can take a train there from the capital city of Cusco, or you can hike the Inca Trail
if you're up for a bigger adventure.
Read the original story: 10 Disney-Inspired Dream Trips by Jamie Ditaranto, who is a regular contributor to SmarterTravel.