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The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: What To Like And Dislike About The Beast?

Monday, November 28, 2016
I’d put a possible spoilers warning here, but, if you know about the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale or the Disney version, then you’ll already know about this part of the movie that this article will talk about since the 1952 Soviet animated film The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian) is based on said fairytale though there are differences.

The Beast in The Scarlet Flower does not get angry without reason

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I thought that the Beast in this story was an okay character, but he wasn’t perfect.

I like how he didn’t have any anger management issues unlike the Beast in the Disney version (remember the times he would shout and growl and just generally be angry about a lot of things?) because it makes it slightly less unbelievable that the 'Beauty' in the story (in The Scarlet Flower, that would be Nastenka) would eventually fall in love with him.

The Beast isn’t perfect

But I didn’t like the way that he was trying to guilt-trip Nastenka into staying with him in his island. The Beast said things like, "You can use the ring to return home," and then, when Nastenka was actually considering doing so, he added, "But, remember, your father promised (pertaining to how either the dad, Stefan, or one of his 3 daughters would return to stay with the Beast)."

That caused Nastenka to stay in the island. Later on, when she accidentally saw the Beast and how ugly he looked, he told her to "use the ring and leave, go away from me because I have scared you," but then he added that "if you leave, I will die of grief." So, of course, she didn’t leave.

I know part of the reason why she stayed was because she is a really kind and good-hearted person and because she was starting to see the Beast as a friend, but I still didn’t like how she was guilt-tripped into staying. What do you think about this?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Flowers in the image are meant to symbolize the scarlet flower and the scary-looking figure is meant to represent the Beast
- YouTube video features a scene from said film

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