The Little Mermaid is an animated fantasy musical American film released in 2023. Rob Marshall directed the movie, and David Magee wrote its screenplay. The movie The Little Mermaid is produced and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, Marc Productions, and Lucamar Productions.
The movie The Little Mermaid is based initially on the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid,’ published in 1837 by Hans Christian Andersen. Later it was adapted as a live-action animated movie by Disney, with the name ‘The Little Mermaid,’ released in 1989.
‘The Little Mermaid’ was the 28th Disney animated feature movie released on November 17, 1989. John Musker directed the film, and Ron Clements wrote its screenplay. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken composed their music. Walt Disney Pictures produced and distributed the movie ‘The Little Mermaid (1989)’. The film marks the era of the Disney Renaissance, from the late 1980s to the 1990s, when all other Disney movies were struggling. ‘The Little Mermaid’ made a massive success at the box office.
The film achieved Academy Awards for Best Original Song, “Under the Sea,” and Best Original Score. It also won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song ‘Under the Sea’ and Best Original Score. The movie was rereleased on November 14, 1997. After releasing the movie ‘The Lion King’ in 3D, Walt Disney Production decided to release ‘The Little Mermaid’ again in 3D on September 13, 2013. The film’s gross box office collection was around $235 million.
A prequel to the movie ‘The Little Mermaid’ was premiered by the CBS television series network as an animated series for kids in 1992, which featured the adventures of Ariel before the release of the movie
Exploring the Cast and Plot of ‘The Little Mermaid:
Disney’s most anticipated live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” made a splash in theatres on May 26, 2023. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated Rob Marshall, famous for his work on “Chicago” and Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” This remake features a talented cast and delivers a visually stunning and musically enthralling experience. Starring as the mermaid princess Ariel is Halle Bailey, alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Awkwafina as Scuttle the diving bird, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Melissa McCarthy as the main villain Ursula.
A new character is introduced to the story, with Noma Dumezweni joining the cast as Queen Selina, Eric’s mother. The full trailer for “The Little Mermaid” premiered during the Oscars, generating a buzz among fans. A trailer was previously released in April, offering a glimpse into the magical underwater world and characters. The film’s score is composed by the iconic Alan Menken, who also wrote the music for the original 1989 animated version and was updated with the assistance of Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The heartwarming aspect of the film’s production was the presence of Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, on set to provide support to the current Ariel, Halle Bailey. Benson even made a surprising cameo in the film, portraying a character. Bailey acknowledged her as the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) and expressed gratitude for Benson’s encouragement and approval. The excitement surrounding the live-action adaptation extends beyond the silver screen, as Disney hired actors to portray the live-action version of Ariel in Disney Parks, celebrating the movie’s release and offering a meet-and-greet experience to the fans. However, it is unclear whether this addition will be permanent or temporary.
The live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” holds a special place in the hearts of fans who grew up with the 1989 animated classic. The movie aims to capture the essence of the original story while using modern technology. The visually stunning underwater world was made possible through live-action and CGI. With a cast filled with incredible actors and rising stars, the film brought beloved characters to life, accompanied by unforgettable music. Some of the changes that were made have sparked debate among fans. However, the early response has been positive, with the movie currently holding a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Exclusive Events and Merchandise Await Fans at Disney Parks and AMC Theaters:
Ariel is featured in a limited-time “celebration” at Disneyland Paris on May 26. Moreover, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney Springs, an Ariel meet and greet received significant attention at Walt Disney Presents. Guests can also enjoy a sneak peek at the props from the film at the Walt Disney Presents Theater. AMC Disney Springs has already prepared for the live-action “The Little Mermaid” debut way back. The theater has beautifully transformed its entrance and lobby, with a blue color scheme to represent the oceanic theme of the movie. Posters featuring the characters have adorned the area, creating an immersive experience for fans. Additionally, AMC offered an exclusive “The Little Mermaid” Light-Up Popcorn Bucket, which sparked more excitement about the film’s release.