The live-action version of the animated film “The Little Mermaid” arrived in theaters on May 26, 2023.
Following the great success of films like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, The Little Mermaid is the next Disney live-action adaptation to hit theaters. We waited for a long time, but now we can finally enjoy this 1989 classic in a live-action version starring Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel.
If you’re a fan of Ariel’s mermaid story and are eager to watch, take the opportunity to see the film in theaters and be captivated by this new version of the Disney classic. The film has a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes, 84 minutes longer than the original version.
Story of “The Little Mermaid”
The story of The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s classics. Ariel is a mermaid who lives in the sea with her father, King Triton, and her six sisters. She is curious and dreams of exploring the human world, but her father forbids her from venturing beyond the waters of the sea. After a visit to the surface, she saves Prince Eric from a shipwreck and falls in love with him. In order to get the prince’s heart, Ariel makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, giving up her voice in exchange for legs. However, the mermaid has only three days to make prince Eric fall in love with her, otherwise she will belong to the sea witch.
Cast and Direction
The director of the film was Rob Marshall, known for his work on Chicago in 2002 and other major successes. We also have the return of Alan Menken, who composed the soundtrack for the original animation. Well-known Jane Goldman and David Magee wrote the screenplay for the feature.
The cast of this film includes actress and singer Halle Bailey as Ariel. Alongside her, we have Melissa McCarthy and Jonah Hauer-King, who star as Ursula and Prince Eric respectively. The rest of the cast includes Noma Dumezweni as the new character Queen Selina, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian.
About the Soundtrack
In the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, we have the classic songs from the animation, such as “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.” However, the film now features new songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken. Unlike the animation, Prince Eric now has a solo with the song “Wild Uncharted Waters.”
When “The Little Mermaid” hits the streams?
As expected, the film will be released on Disney+. However, the streaming release date hasn’t being announced yet. We know that Disney waits at least 90 days after the theatrical release to add the film to the streams. Therefore, the probable date for “The Little Mermaid” to arrive on streaming is in the last week of August 2023.