Disney is well-known for putting nods to previous films in almost all of their movies. Whether it's Scar's hide getting tossed on the floor in Hercules or Mrs. Potts and Chip showing up in the jungles of Tarzan, Disney knows its way around an Easter egg. But this fan theory takes it to a whole 'nother level. Two of the most iconic Disney characters have a connection that is so indirect, it has eluded me for years until one Tumblr post.
Remember the scene in Beauty and the Beast that first introduced us to a bookish, beautiful girl named Belle? She saunters through her poor, provincial, and extremely judgmental town to visit her favorite bookshop. When she learns there are no new options, she requests an old favorite.
She goes on to list all the amazing aspects of this story: far-off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise! Sound familiar yet? It should.
Before having her own adventure in a palace, Belle could have been dreaming of hopping on a magic carpet and taking off for Agrabah. Granted, many of these factors could simply be aspects of fairy tales, but take a look at this key line.
"Here's where she meets Prince Charming, but she won't discover that it's him 'til Chapter Three."
As the story goes, Jasmine meets Aladdin early in the movie, but she does not find out that he has been cavorting as Prince Ali until close to the end. Adding credibility to this theory, Beauty and the Beast directly proceeded Aladdin by almost exactly one year. It is possible and even likely that there was some overlap between the two movies during development.
Was this Disney's way of offering some foreshadowing to their next modern classic? Or could Belle's favorite book be any generic fairy tale?