Before this year’s Jungle Book, I was of the opinion that the Disney live action remakes of their animated catalog was a money grab. The live action film division of Disney is the last bastion of the hucksterism that drove that company for the longest time. Bombs like the Pirate sequels, The Lone Ranger, and Tomorrowland have continued to come forth from its depths while the rest of the company has become synonymous with quality. Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and the resurrected animation department have made the studio the best in Hollywood, and now, after being utterly dumbfounded by how good The Jungle Book was, I look upon next year’s Beauty & the Beast as one of the first films of 2017 that is absolutely must-see. Disney has released more stills showing the Beast, Gaston, more of Emma Watson as Belle, and while I think the Beast looks a little dodgy….I’m so in. You’ve probably already seen the teaser a million times, but I don’t know if you’ve realized that it is shot-for-shot a remake of the teaser for the 1991 animated film. Seeing them side-by-side and hearing Alan Menken’s haunting piano theme begin to play, you sense that this is going to be as special as our visit to the jungle was this year. Check out the new pictures and this comparison trailer. Beauty & the Beast will release March 17, 2017.