The Little Mermaid Is About to Be “Part of Your World” at Home

Ariel Little Mermaid
Credit: Disney

Disney’s live-action remake is finally coming to Disney Plus, and fans are again divided. Disney has been on a kick of remaking films. This year Disney released The Little Mermaid (2023), Haunted Mansion (2023) and is planning to release a live-action version of Lilo & Stitch (2002). Reimagining a film, especially a classic like The Little Mermaid, can bring immense pressure to get the story done right.

There was much controversy over the new film, being that Ariel would be played by Halle Bailey. Veering from the original storyline, many parts of the film were transformed and brought to the current day to be more inclusive as well as contemporary. Some fans did not agree with Disney’s decisions and were vocal about it in their reviews of the film. Now The Little Mermaid is set to release on Disney Plus next month, and fans are yet again voicing their opinions.

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‘The Little Mermaid’ Coming to Disney+

On September 6, The Little Mermaid will join the other remakes of Disney classics, Aladdin (2019) and Beauty and The Beast (2017), on Disney Plus. The film only scored 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, yet scored 94% on audience score. While fans seemed to be divided on the remake, the audience score speaks volumes to the film. The talented cast included Hallee Bailey, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. The beloved story of Ariel is portrayed using state-of-the-art technology to bring viewers under the sea on her adventures.

The Little Mermaid 2023

Credit: Disney

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Disney announced the release date on their Walt Disney Studios Instagram page, and fans flooded the comment section. User garrettgates048 wrote, “Make original films,” while user eamonc21 commented, “The best Disney live-action remake.” It’s clear fans are divided for a few reasons. Some opinions are more political, while others are based on questioning the authenticity of the film. Furthermore, some fans just want originals to stay as is and not be reimagined at all.

Maybe some fans just need to watch the film to create an opinion, as an Instagram user wrote. “Finally got to see it, and my wife and I agree it’s better than the original. And the original was her favorite movie growing up. LOVED it,” he wrote on Disney’s page. With The Little Mermaid coming out on Disney+ in a few short weeks, we’ll all have the opportunity to watch and become a part of Ariel’s world. 

What are your thoughts on the new The Little Mermaid?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.