Here’s The New Trailer For Disney’s Live-Action “The Little Mermaid” Movie
In the midst of the Everything, Everywhere, All At Once Oscar-spree, another movie made some waves last night when a new two-minute long trailer for the upcoming release of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid aired, with Halle Bailey’s Ariel tail giving us some of the slap-action the awards show was lacking this year. And it seems like many movie-goers are excited to head to theaters when it comes out this May, but inevitably, there were also stank piles of human marine debris who are still livid that a black actress was cast as Ariel.
According to Variety, it’s no surprise there’s lingering racism in response to the new trailer since the #NotMyAriel tag had been wielded by 47-year-old white men on Twitter who all of a sudden became warriors against the “woke” re-imagining of their apparently beloved Disney Princess film as soon as snippets of Halle as Ariel surfaced. But the star-studded musical crafted by many Hollywood heavyweights will be out on May 26 and we finally got to see a full-length trailer last night.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the live-action musical brings to life the 1989 animated film with Halle Bailey starring as Ariel. The soundtrack is created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken (who wrote the score for the 1989 “Little Mermaid” film) and will feature classics from the original movie in addition to four original songs.
“The Little Mermaid” features Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder, Daveed Diggs voicing Sebastian and Awkwafina voicing Scuttle.
Here’s the trailer:
And after seeing it, many said they’re already seated and/or ready to hightail it to Nicole Kidman’s AMC to sing along and then go home to re-enact Ariel hoisting herself up on that rock in their bathtubs like it was 1989 all over again:
The person I am now and who I will be after this movie are two completely different people. I will ascend to the highest level. Don’t talk to me. https://t.co/U7LWOuZycA
— Emily Forney (@EmilyKaitlinnn) March 13, 2023
Lemme go ahead and buy the doll for my dauta that is not even here or a thought or whisper yet chile https://t.co/fRWY5l99Nt
— Spa Owner (@EmaniMone) March 13, 2023
And Halle herself, who was also a presenter at last night’s Academy Awards, was excited about the trailer’s debut:
i’m crying and i’m late 😭💗 but i can’t believe we got to debut the full little mermaid trailer at the oscar’s ♥️here it is ✨🧜🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/UdI9mtmQK3
— Halle (@HalleBailey) March 13, 2023
But of course, others said “the lighting” was too dark, and some of the more vocal mouth breathing trolls of the least supreme members of the race they consider supreme are still questioning why a black actress was cast as Ariel instead of someone more green, bloated, and piscine. Just kidding, they wanted someone white.
me trying to see what's happening in every darkly lit scene https://t.co/4snWPjiZMc pic.twitter.com/d2sjfwJaG7
— Halfbaked8 (@halfbakedhex8) March 13, 2023
The little mermaid isn’t black! 🖕this woke bull💩! 🖕🖕🖕🖕
— Mark Betournay (@MarkBetournay) March 13, 2023
Lots of people who are heated about Halle’s Ariel claim they “aren’t racist, but hoped for someone with a look closer to the original,” but seem completely unbothered that Scuttle’s now voiced by a woman and looks like someone who never saw a seagull before was tasked with manifesting a seagull. Twitter rant dog-whistling is to these people’s sad existence as applause is to Tinkerbell’s. Oh wait, has anyone talked to them about Disney’s new Tinkerbell yet?