More than 30 years ago it was released The little Mermaid (1989), one of the most important films of Disney. From then until today, Ariel, the protagonist, has remained within the collective imagination as a reference. Different generations of viewers grew up with that film. They were joined by those who, later, came to the character through the animated series. In this context, now, comes the version of her in live action.
This adaptation has not been without debate and discussion. The main reason for these conversations is due to the decision to have chosen to represent history in a more diverse way in terms of representation.
The adaptation live action of animated classics by Disney is a practice that the company has been carrying out for some years. Relying on the reputation and prestige of several of these films, the company has presented new versions. The most recent is The little Mermaidafter proposals like pinocchio (2022) and He Lion King (2019). About the story starring Ariel, in hypertextual We have a new exclusive clip with one of the most representative scenes of the film.
The little Mermaid: the exclusive ‘clip’
relives an iconic scene
Remembering, Ariel is a mermaid who goes to the surface, after having contact with Prince Eric. A bond begins to develop between them. One of the most representative moments of the musical is that scene in which Sebastián begins to sing, Ariel and Eric are on a boat about to kiss. All this sequence can be seen in live action. Here is the preview:
That scene, which could be seen in theaters in animated format more than thirty years ago, is still valid. What does this suggest? That atmosphere formed by Ariel and Eric was positioned in the collective imagination as a reference that one and the other, beyond the generational distance, can share and understand.
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With the adaptationive-action of The little Mermaid, Disney revives one of its most representative stories. It does so based on an open social agenda in relation to diversity and representativeness on screen.
This is a discussion that has been established within the film industry for several years, as a reflection of social movements that have demanded more space and better roles in this type of story. For this reason, in part, that publication on Instagram of its protagonist, Halle Bailey, who defined the possibility of assuming this character as “a dream come true” is explained.
The little Mermaid opens in theaters on May 25, 2023.