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‘Beauty and the Beast’ is getting a prequel, how have other Disney+ prequels fared?

Other prequels have flopped, will a spinoff series about Gaston and LeFou fare better?

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“Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Bill Condon.

“Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Bill Condon.

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“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme,” the story of Beauty and the Beast has been around for centuries. Originating from a French folk tale, one of the first written narrative forms of this tale is by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. Now, Luke Evans says, a prequel spinoff series is in the works.

What is the “Beauty and the Beast” prequel series going to be?

Evans, who played Gaston in the 2017 live-action film, did an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Thursday. He said that he and Josh Gad (who played LeFou) will debut their Gaston and LeFou series sometime soon.

Evans explained the delay, “We just wanna make sure that it is absolutely the best it can be, and if that means we just have to wait a little longer to finesse certain pieces of it, then that’s what we’re going to do because this is a very important legacy.”

He promised that it will happen “in the near future.” Evans hinted at possible elements of the prequel series, such as delving into the past of both Gaston and LeFou and how the two met. When asked about other details, like will the show go more into how LeFou, Gad’s character, is gay, Evans said, “Who knows? I’m not sure.”

People Magazine added that show will also feature Rita Ora as a singer.

How have other Disney+ prequels done?

  1. “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s ”: This prequel explains the origins of Ariel. On Rotten Tomatoes, this show has a score of 33% from critics and an audience score of 56%. One reviewer said, “perfectly watchable yet not entirely memorable.”
  2. “Lion King 1 1/2”: Equal parts prequel and contemporaneous with “The Lion King,” this movie follows Timon and Pumbaa. On Rotten Tomatoes, this show has a score from critics of 76% and an audience score of 62%. While most critics enjoyed the film, one called it “pathetic...pointless.”
  3. “Tarzan II” This animated film explores Tarzan as “an awkward teenager.” On Rotten Tomatoes, this show has a score from critics of 33% and an audience score of 37%. One reviewer compared it to below the level of a DisneyToon animation and another called it “needless.”