Did You Spot This Link Between 'Beauty And The Beast' And 'Aladdin'?
What is the Internet even good for if not discovering obscure connections between Disney movies?
You might have watched "Beauty and the Beast" a thousand times and still missed this subtle reference to another Disney classic. Luckily, someone on Tumblr figured it out for you.
Remember how at the beginning of the movie Belle is singing and dancing, and generally weirding out the town folk? And then she goes into a bookstore looking for something to read, like a nerd?
Well, pay close attention to how she describes the book that's her favorite, and allow your mind to be blown.
"Far off places." Hmm...
"Daring sword fights." OK, OK, could still be anything.
"Magic spells." Wait...you don't think?
"A prince in disguise!" OH MY GOD.
I'm usually a skeptic when it comes to fan theories, but that line about the "prince in disguise" really hits it home. (As you probably know, Aladdin disguises himself as a prince to get some of that sweet Jasmine lovin'.)
It seems Belle's favorite book is none other than the Middle Eastern folktale "One Thousand and One Nights," AKA "Aladdin"!
Even though the Disney version of "Aladdin" came out in 1992, a year after "Beauty and the Beast" in 1991, surely the studio knew the film was in the works. It was a clever little Easter egg to foreshadow the upcoming film.