A new theory from Tumblr user disneymom is shaking up the easily-shaken world of Disney fandom, because it concerns two especially beloved films: Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. As you know well from years of singing along, Beauty and the Beast begins with Belle singing a song that describes her little town, a quiet village where every day is like the one before. She heads to the bookshop to pick up something new to read.
Belle describes the book as having "far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells… a prince in disguise." Hmm...
While those four things are the basis for many fairy tales, the particulars line up pretty damn well.
Aladdin came out almost exactly a year after Beauty and the Beast, so this would have been a great way to shout out the new movie during production. Those Disney people sure know how to build a universe.