Beauty and the Beast household staff

Before the household staff in Beauty and the Beast were things, they were people. People who had the terrible misfortune of working for a rich kid who was such a jerk, the magical spell cast to punish him turned them into common household objects, possibly forever. But they retained their humanity deep down inside, and today, we have our first glimpse at what they look like as people. Click through to get your first look at the Beauty and the Beast staff in human form. 

Beauty and the Beast Movie News got a photo of a standee that shows the Beast’s household staff in human form. You can click through to their website for high-quality close-ups of all the individual characters.

As you can see, going down the left you’ve got all the characters who are human and stay human throughout the course of the film: Belle (Emma Watson), Maurice (Kevin Kline), Gaston (Luke Evans), and Lefou (Josh Gad). On the right, you’ve got all the characters who get completely screwed over by that enchantment: Beast (Dan Stevens), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere (an almost unrecognizable Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), Garderobe (Audra McDonald), and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). And up the middle, you’ve got all the household staff characters in non-human form.

Honestly, I haven’t liked the designs of the household staff, which I think look really creepy in a way that the cutesy cartoon version doesn’t. And the costumes and sets haven’t really been doing it for me — it all looks so overwrought. But as I’ve said before, I was similarly unimpressed with all the marketing for Cinderella. I thought the designs looked cheap and cheesy, and couldn’t possibly imagine it looking good on the big screen. I was very, very wrong. What looked weird in a two-minute trailer viewed on my laptop, looked spectacular in the context of a two-hour feature seen in a theater. All of which is to say that Disney has more than earned the benefit of my doubt at this point. I might not love the materials they’ve put out so far, but I’m still dying to see how it all comes together on the big screen.

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters March 17, 2017.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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