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The lush new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie trailer, starring a wide-eyed Emma Watson and CGI-enhanced Dan Stevens, has enthralled millions of eager fans awaiting the cartoon remake’s March release. The trailer has even officially topped the ranks as most-viewed trailer in 24 hours, snagging the crown from previous audience obsession Fifty Shades Darker, according to Disney.

But despite the impressive technological achievement of the talking porcelain teapots, the remake’s trailer might not be all that different. In fact, as has pointed out, it’s actually a shot-by-shot recreation of the original animated fairy tale’s trailer, which came out in 1991.

Note for note, scene to scene, the new version sticks to the original’s winning formula. And for good reason; most fans of the 1991 classic will get a little chill at the haunting opening piano melody, the soaring moment when Belle enters the castle, and the ferocious roar that heralds the Beast’s entrance. It’s a trailer that foreshadows without giving everything away.

Thanks to’s work, the comparison video has been viewed on Facebook a whopping 48 million times as of Wednesday—only adding to the advance excitement.

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