A common argument along fans is weather or not the Beast was 10/11 or not when he was cursed. People assume that because between two lines… one being at the beginning of the movie in the prologue “rose will bloom until his 21st year” and a line from Lumuire in the song “Be Our Guest”. The line is: “10 years we been rusting/needing so much more then dusting…”. So people think the year Beast and Belle meet is Beast’s 21st year (if he was a human), and that he was used 10 years prior 21-10=11.
There’s little evidence to show he was a child- the scene shows him as a adult, or at least as a teenager in both the stained glass (prologue, and looking not much different from himself with Belle in the end stained glass) and in the portrait he slashed -the one which helps Belle to recognize him at the end.
I know of three child monarchs (all UK mind you)-who had portraits done of them and they all still look child like to me compared to the fictional Beast as a human’s portrait.
Richard II (whom was just one year younger then the Beast was if the Beast was cursed at 11)
Henry VI (baby when Henry 5 died but was crowned not to long latter )
and Edward VI (inherited the throne at 9 died at 15-16)
French monarch Louis XIV as a child (inheirted the throne at age 5)
Those all show very childlike faces. compared to the fictional Beast’s portrait which shows an more adult-looking face
And I can’t really trust anything people said that the script writer/animator said -(ie: Beast was 11). Because someone on the “Disney team” for Frozen I tried to claim that Elsa and Anna’s parents were also Tarzan’s parents as a joke but people took it as cannon.
There’s is the original script from I guess the first edition of the movie with the songs in it (it’s when “Be Our Guest” was suppose to be for Maurice, not Belle). I’m going to write the whole scenes:
We meet the 11 year old boy as he is getting dressed and fussed over by a slew of servants. But the boy is making it impossible for them. He is sick and tired of getting all dressed up…He’s sick and tired of being polite… he’s sick and tired of boring old ceremonies His two regents tried to explain a Wise Woman who was respected across the land was going to pay him a visit. The Wise Woman used to give advice to his parents and some say she had magical powers. “I don’t care! Its my castle I will only do what I want!” The prince pushes the servants away “Just try and stop me” The boy runs into the courtyard where he collides with what looks to be an old beggar woman. She’s coming up the walkway with a basket of flowers. He knocks he to the ground, the couriers gasp and the servants run to help her to her feet. The old woman levels her gaze at the boy and said “I’m waiting for an apology” The boy seemed surprise and he laughs “You can wait all day” She said “So you’re not going to apologize?” He crosses his arms stubornly “I don’t have too” Old woman smiles patiently “I’m giving you one more chance” The boy’s temper flares “Why should I say I’m sorry to an old beggar woman? I don’t care about you!” and he angrily kicks her basket and it causes the flowers to scatter in the dirt. Fierce power emanates from her eyes as she looks into his soul “I can see that…you care for nothing…you love nothing. but yourself” "Why Should I? The boy answers arrogantly “You’re no better then a beast” The Wise woman raises her arms and she glows with power and magic. The boy gasps his eyes goes wide and flees back into the castle
He flees past the regents who apologize on the boy’s behalf “Forgive him, he’s just a child” “A child in need of a lesson” she answers “Please we can’t let you harm him” “I warn you not to interfer” Heedless of her warnings the two regents block her way. She waves her arms and they’re turned into a candelabra and a mantle clock She continues into the castle transforming anyone and all who get in her way.
The Frighten boy runs through the castle looking over his shoulder. He dashes into the safety of his own room shoves furniture against the door and hides in the corner. Moments later the Wise woman appears in front of him and he cowers behind a chair. “Since you’re no better then a beast you deserve to look like one” She waves her arms and the boy is transformed into a hideous creature half-boy, half beast. “And you will remain a prisoner in this enchanted place with no human company” “This rose will bloom until your 21st birthday and if you can learn to love and earn their love in return by the time the rose withers …then the spell will be broken. If not you’re doomed to remain a beast for all time”, when the Wise Woman was gone the boy-beast raced to the highest tower and sees her disappear into the Mist… “I’m sorry” he cried
But if that’s true ^ wouldn’t that technically mean that little part of Belle’s age (17) from a 1989 script is also true?
And then Chip is much younger then the beast- so it either means that chip was only a baby when the curse happened (and why in the world, curse a baby?!-maybe because there would be no humans-beside the boy-beast in the castle) or he was born as a tea cup and I don’t even want to know how he was “delivered” in that case-the beast doing it from Mrs. Pott’s lid? Is that how he was Chipped?. Or Mrs. Potts had some fun times when in Pot form and somehow got and deliver Chip somehow.
And even in the sequel/midquel-thing in the flashback scene in the flashback- of when Beast was cursed, the Prince looks to be 14-16 not 10/11. Not to mention why have for the human prince before the curse voice be the same actor as the modern-day human prince?
I just assumed the 10 years meant even before the curse that they didn’t get to entertain very often because… Because the entire lyrics of that part of the song is: “10 years we been rusting/needing so much more then dusting/needing exercise, a chance to use our skills.”
.I certainly wouldn’t want to go to a party, ball, dinner event that a spoiled childish 11 year old or a spoiled childish 16-18 year old was hosting and you would literally have to walk on eggshells around him not to get him mad at you for any little reason.
I certainly wouldn’t want to go to a party, ball, dinner event weather it was a spoiled childish 11 year old or a spoiled childish 16-18 year old was hosting… would you?