Beauty and the Beast is based on the beloved Grimm's fairy tale dating back to the year 451. Fairy tales as a genre were not originally intended for children due to their menacing nature, but for the royal courts as they were intended to teach a lesson of morality. The moral in this story is a wonderful, valuable metaphor - that everything is not always as it seems, and, in fact we shouldn't judge a person based on their exterior. True beauty is found within. It's a beloved, powerful story suitable for young and old alike.