Disney’s D23 Expo was just held (Here all announcements) and among the most important announcements of the conference, a first preview of the live-action of The little Mermaid with Halle Bailey in the leading role. And as you have surely already realized, the conversation around this adaptation has been one of contrasts.
There are those who have faith in the film, especially in the understanding that Halle will exploit her qualities as a singer in an important way and the film has many musical overtones. But there are many others who do not have the same level of enthusiasm regarding this version.
Many of the negative questions, believe it or not, are related to the fact that Bailey is an actress of African descent and the naysayers mention that the character isn’t like that in the 1989 animated version. You know, suddenly they take out the ‘forced inclusion’ argument and stuff.
But even within all that unfortunate controversy, the revelation of the progress of The little Mermaid He has left us some moving moments to remember. We tell you what happens.
They share the reactions of various girls after seeing the advance ‘The Little Mermaid’
The recent preview of the live-action of The little Mermaid it is brief, but full of important details. We see Ariel swimming inside a ship that is sunken under the sea and soon, we are given the first video sequence of Halle Bailey characterized as the protagonist. As we said, the actress shows off her skills as a singer (known for her foray into R&B and pop) performing the classic “Part of your World”.
Following them, the reactions have been diverse. But speaking merely in a positive sense, at least in the United States, many Afro-descendant families have been seen sharing their daughters’ reaction after seeing the teaser trailer. The one that has become more viral is this one where a little girl finishes watching the trailer and lets go of emotion, she mentions: “she is like me”.
In another TikTok video, user @callmedarii shared the moment her two daughters watch the trailer, visibly mesmerized by Halle Bailey’s appearance. “This is why representation matters. We can’t wait any longer to see her.”the tiktoker wrote in the description of her video.
User @candikane, also on TikTok, showed her daughter Sienna’s reaction to the teaser. “It looks beautiful… is it a mermaid?”says the little girl. The tiktoker tells her daughter that is your favorite mermaid and the youngest, immediately, knows that they are talking about Ariel. With a huge smile on her face, little Sienna says: “Is that Ariel? Are you sure? Is that her real hair?surprised for good about what she sees on the screen.
The ‘original Ariel’ also reacted to Halle’s performance
The reactions did not remain only in those small ones that we told you before. jodi bensonthe actress who voiced Ariel in the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, also showed her support for Halle Bailey after the teaser was released during the D23 Expo.
“Halle, you were absolutely amazing! I am so proud of you and your beautiful performance as Ariel. It was wonderful to celebrate with your family here at #d23expo. And to the brilliant director, Rob Marshall, I am so grateful for our friendship of over 35 years. Thank you for creating such an awesome movie!Benson wrote in an Instagram story from a few days ago.
Halle responded in another IG story: “Thank you very much, Jody. This means the whole world to me coming from you. You made a magical Ariel for us.”. The film will hit theaters on May 23, 2023.
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How cool! So the tender reaction of several girls after seeing the trailer for ‘The Little Mermaid’ with Halle Bailey