This presentation was in sing-a-long format. All the words to the songs would show up on the screen so everyone could join in and sing. Of course, no one did! But it was great seeing all the lyrics flash on the screen. During the opening musical number called Belle, I was struck by the words! Here are some excerpts from the song:
Look there she goes that girl is strange, no question
Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
Never part of any crowd
'Cause her head's up on some cloud
No denying she's a funny girl that Belle
Look there she goes that girl is so peculiar
I wonder if she's feeling well
With a dreamy far-off look
And her nose stuck in a book
What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle
And in the course of this song, we also find out that her father is a crazy inventor! I knew there was a parallel between Belle and my daughter in their love of reading, but I was really struck by the thought of Belle having Asperger's. During the course of the movie, however, Belle stopped appearing to have Asperger's. She really wasn't as "off" as the townsfolk sung about. She was just a smart girl bored by her surroundings who loved to read. And, of course, who saw the inner beauty of a beast. Whatever. For a few moments, I really enjoyed the thought of a Disney princess being on the spectrum.
My daughter did relate to Belle a lot and now wants to be Belle for Halloween instead of a fairy.
Sounds good to me!