Beauty and the Beast is a beloved Disney classic that fills viewers with happy thoughts and warm, fuzzy feelings. But the end of Beauty and the Beast probably also leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions, and thinking too much about them might just ruin the entire film for you.
What would happen after Beauty and the Beast ends? The aftermath is pretty awful to consider. This kingdom has been without a monarch for at least a decade, and the once-quiet village is left to mourn the well-respected local hero who has just been brutally murdered by the guy claiming he's their new ruler. Belle is also going to have to come to terms with the fact that the man she fell in love with is now a completely different person. And how will an adventurous, book-smart young woman adapt to a comparatively boring, domestic life as a royal consort?
The end of this fairy tale isn't quite as "happily ever after" as you might think.
Things Probably Didn't Get Any Better For That Desperate Mother
Remember the poor lady in the town who was juggling three babies and a toddler while trying desperately to buy eggs? Belle sailed right past her casting shade about how "quaint" she and her neighbors were.
That woman couldn't have gotten a happy ending. Unlike Belle, not every woman of the 1700s was lucky enough to learn how to read and marry a prince. How many of those kids do you think were still alive by the end of the film? History tells us probably none.
Chip's Mind Will Have Aged, But His Body Won't Have
It's implied that once the Beast's servants have been mutated into household objects, they're "frozen." In other words, they don't seem to age – at least physically, anyway. Because they're not literally frozen, they still continue to experience life and the passing of time. They go to sleep, perform musical numbers, and in the case of Lumiere and that feather duster, doing whatever passes for hooking up in the object world.
In other words, the servants continue to mentally age and change. This isn't so bad for the adults, but once they're human again, Chip is going to essentially be a decade older and still have the body of a child.
Belle And The Beast's Marriage Probably Won't Last
Belle is an adventurous woman who is independent and book-smart beyond her years. Though she is charmed by the mysterious Beast and tames his wilder ways to help him reclaim his humanity, can their spark really stand the test of time? Probably not.
It's only a matter of time before Belle – who is barely into adulthood – reads every book in the castle library, and will likely become neglected by her husband who now has to busy himself with reconquering and running his kingdom. That spells disaster.
Belle's Dreams Haven't Come True
Belle spent the first quarter of the film disparaging the "little people" in her town and "wanting more than this provincial life." Like most Disney Princesses, Belle dreams of adventure. Instead, she journeys a couple of miles from her house and winds up settling down with her first love.
It's not that marriage can't also be an "adventure," but Belle gives up on her original goal disappointingly fast. That seems likely to leave her feeling unfulfilled.