I think LM is underrated
I really don't think so at all, especially since it is wrongfully credited as starting the Disney Renaissance (I'd give "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "The Great Mouse Detective" that honor really). Really the story is about a girl who sells her soul and main talent to Satan for a man she doesn't know. You sort of deserve the worst when you make such a dumb deal. Really, she just saw that he was a hunk of man meat, and that's the extent of her requirements. Gaston would have been just appropriate of a love interest as Eric was.
Some of the greatness of "Beauty and the Beast" though is it challenges the formula Disney has set up. Up to this point, pretty much every princess story is just hot guy falling in love with hot girl for no other reason aside from the fact that they are both attractive people. Belle is proactive, intelligent, sacrificial, and truly kind and understanding. In just any other Disney film, Belle would be easily smitten and Gaston having a basically identical personality would have been the protagonist.
I think Ariel is more of a dumb, naive, spoiled girl who follows her idiotic impulses no matter the cost. Ursula is great of course, and I like some of the supporting characters, I just can't get over Ariel really. The only aspect of her personality I like is her curiosity really.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 11:51 pm