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Hands off Superman

Walt Disney has turned "Beauty and the Beast" into a parable about socialising masculinity without lessening its appeal. But Celia Brayfield thinks Superman and Lois Lane are unlikely to live happily ever after

By Celia Brayfield   July 1997

Once upon a time, when the Walt Disney Company re-created a fairy story, it did not suffer too much in translation. Embellishments would be small scale-a few proactive tweety-birds or new names for the seven dwarfs. The old stories were retold with classic restraint and Disney meddled only with modern tales (resulting in butchery of The Swiss Family Robinson and Jungle Book).

With Beauty and the Beast, however, Disney finally decided to reinvent a classic. The millions who have already seen the ?10m stage musical in London and elsewhere, and enjoyed the cartoon film which preceded it, have been told…

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