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The Little Mermaid Has 2 Tricks To Overcome Disney Live’s Flaws

2023 The little Mermaid is one of many Disney live-action remakes that have been produced in recent years, but it has two tricks up its sleeves that will likely elevate it from previous Disney live-action movies. A live-action remake of the 1989 animated film of the same name, The little Mermaid is set to hit the big screen on May 26, 2023 in the United States. D23 Expo 2022 released a trailer for The little Mermaid on September 10 which raised the hype for the 2023 live-action and also showed both its similarities to the original and the differences that could possibly grant The little Mermaid the edge over previous live-action remakes of Disney animated films.


The little Mermaid is Disney’s twelfth self-adaptation since House of Mouse began turning its animated classics into live-action movies with 2015’s Cinderella. Halle Bailey will direct The little Mermaid as Ariel, and the cast will also include Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as the iconic crab Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. The live-action musical fantasy film is directed by Rob Marshall with a screenplay by David Magee, and is produced, among others, by Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The composer of the 1989s The little MermaidAlan Menken, returns for 2023 The little Mermaid. Along with Miranda, Menken has composed and written four new songs for the live-action remake, which will include the iconic “Part of Your World” from the original, as seen on The little Mermaidtrailer of.

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Although not all Disney live-action movies released after 2015 were remakes of the original animated movies, but focused only on their original characters, like Alice through the looking glass, Christopher Robin, Maleficent: mistress of eviland Cruel can attest, many were not as well received as the originals. Although 2022 Pinocchio might have avoided a popular live-action mistake, most Disney live-action movies tended to fall short of the originals and were often described as lacking a purpose, as they were considered sub-par copies. animated classics. 2023 The little Mermaid seems to distance itself from previous Disney self-adaptations, as it seems to include everything that made the 1989 classic iconic, along with new additions in the form of songs, characters and focus, which are particularly exemplified by two hints from 2023 The little Mermaid has up his sleeve.

Halle Bailey Proves The Little Mermaid Can Do More

While Disney and Pixar have explored more culturally diverse stories whose diversity has also been reflected in their cast and protagonists of late, this has always been justified by the type of story being told, such as 2021’s. Encanto and 2022 turn red proven. On the contrary, The little MermaidThe story of wouldn’t have needed a diverse cast, which makes it even more important. Unfortunately, just like Marvel She-Hulk was criticized before the premiere aired, and the same happened with Ms. Marvel and Lord of the Rings: Rings of Powerwho have also suffered racist reactions from the voices of franchise fans, The little Mermaid was not free from vicious and unfair treatment. Like all the other recent backlash shows, it doesn’t really make sense to complain about the unrealistic character of a mythical creature like a mermaid portrayed by a black actress because the original story was by a Danish author, and it also highlights how these flimsy objections to a diverse cast often arise in adaptations of the fantasy genre. As a genre, fantasy might offer even more diversity due to its uniquely imaginative nature, but these recurring and vocal oppositions to it less subtly conceal racist viewpoints rather than a presumed commitment to faithful adaptation.

Halle Bailey being cast as Ariel sets a relevant precedent due to Ariel’s unique position as one of the most popular Disney Princesses and the effect such a casting would have on representation. After all, thanks to 2023 The little Mermaidlittle black and brown girls can finally see themselves as princesses in a story where the protagonist’s skin color isn’t as central to the story as the princesses’ legacy was in 1998 Mulane2009 The princess and the Frogand 1992 Aladdin, making this choice all the more relevant and potentially influential. Wanting to represent her community on screen was also the reason Bailey pursued the role, as she admitted that such representation “would have changed her confidence, her self-confidence, everything“if she could have seen him grow up.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Gives The Little Mermaid A Disney Edge

Among the most common criticisms of Disney’s live-action remakes is the widespread perception that they add nothing new to the originals. The little Mermaid avoids this by adding the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda as a songwriter. Whereas The little Mermaid is set to retain all of the iconic songs that made the 1989 classic popular and award-winning as far as songs and original score go, it will also add four songs, co-written by original composer Alan Menken and producer/ songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda’s songwriting work for Disney in the two years 2014 Moana and Encanto has already proven to be revitalizing, and that is precisely what Disney self-adaptations need. Indeed, when Disney’s live-action adaptations included musical numbers, their protagonists weren’t also singers, with the exception of 2019. The Lion King. At the same time, two of the most famous adaptations, those of 2015 Cinderella and 2020s Mulane, did not include any musical numbers at all, although Disney Classics is celebrated for its sheet music and songs. Given the musical background of its cast, the singing career of Halle Bailey herself, and the contribution of Lin-Manuel Miranda, The little Mermaid stands as one of Disney’s most appealing live-action adaptations.

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