As you probably know, "Beauty and the Beast," the greatest animated Disney movie of all time, is back in theaters for its 3D version! Aside from the Lion King's 3D phase, I hadn't ever seen a classic Disney film in theaters. I was like 1 or 2 or -3 when they all came out.
So some of my friends and I went to see "Beauty and the Beast" last week :D It's amazing how much detail you notice on the big screen. I loved it even more than usual.
But of course, being me and my friends, we couldn't just go see a movie like this. Not just plain "go see it." Being me and my friends, we had do something unusual and awesome about it.
So we dressed up.
Me as Belle, Kirsten as Gaston
Now, I knew I would look odd. I knew people would give me weird looks. I knew I'd probably get stared at. But I admit:
Being legitimately mistaken for Belle by small children never occurred to me.
The first time it happened was in the bathroom. It was before the movie started, and already I've forgotten that I was wearing a costume. Kirsten and I really had to pee, so we raced into the bathroom and I slammed the door of my stall. Then I heard a little voice go,
" *gasp* Mom! Mom, I just saw Belle!"
I heard the mom gently acknowledge her daughter, but she was apparently talking to another grown-up. Then I heard little tapping footsteps and the mother say,
"Emmy! You can't look under the stall doors! People might be in there!"
O_O Oh my. She was COMING FOR ME.
The girl quit, but I waited for a bit in the stall anyway, sort of hoping she and her mom would leave. They didn't right away, and I didn't want to miss any of the previews, so I had to come out.
I cautiously opened the door and went to the sink. The little girl's mouth opened slightly.
"Mom. Behind you," she whispered.
I smiled and waved as the mother turned. Her eyes lit up in recognition.
"Oh, is that Belle?" she said, stroking the girl's light brown ringlets. "Say hi."
The little girl stared with huge, awestruck blue eyes.
I waved again and said, "Bonjour."
Then Kirsten and I had to get back to the theater. But that little girl in the bathroom pretty much made my life.
I got stopped three times on the way out after the movie by parents and their kids who wanted to say hi to Belle. I loved it. I've always wanted to be Belle at Disney, so it was kind of a dream-come-true experience.
At Panera Bread later that night the cashier lady asked if she could put my name in the system as "Belle." When I told her sure, she said, "This just made my day!" So when my sandwich was ready, the whole restaurant turned to watch "Belle" go and retrieve her order.
*dramatic, dreamy sigh* Day in the life, I suppose. Never a dull moment.
No really. Never XD