The little Mermaid – 63% hits theaters this week, and fans of the animated classic are eager to see what Disney has done for the live-action version. Like any adaptation of the powerful study, some important changes have been made in order to keep the story updated, including the modification of some song lyrics. Jodi Bensonwho played Ariel in the 1989 film, celebrates the alterations made to the musical themes, defending the need to add current issues such as consensus and women’s freedom.
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The story of Princess Ariel is widely known throughout the world. She dreams of traveling to the human world and seeing the outside, but her mermaid nature prevents her from moving beyond the waters. One day she has the opportunity to go up to the surface and meet Eric, a human prince with whom she falls madly in love. Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch, giving up her voice in exchange for legs, getting the opportunity to join the human world and looking for her great love.
the original film of The little Mermaid – 92% includes some memorable songs, unforgettable tracks that have become favorites of millions. For the live-action version, Disney allowed some changes to the lyrics and Jodi Benson fully approves the measure. This was what he said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
We are talking about sessions [de doblaje] in 86 [para la película original]. It’s 2023, so we have to grow, we have to learn, we have to be aware of our surroundings. We have to be aware of our growth as human beings and what is important now and what may not be so important. Things change. We have to work with it… But you have to have growth. It’s very important to stay relevant to where we are, what’s going on around us. We need to be aware. So the adjustments they had to make were a must, but they were done in a beautiful way, and I’m very, very excited about that.
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Allan Menkenwho is the composer of the original songs of The little Mermaidmet with Vanity Fair in April, applauding the fact that new versions have been made for some of the film’s most beloved themes:
There are some changes in the lyrics of ‘Kiss her’ because people have become very sensitive to the idea that [el Príncipe Eric]in some way, would be imposed on [Ariel]. We do have a few revisions in ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ regarding lines that might make the young girls somehow feel like they shouldn’t be speaking out of character, even though Ursula is clearly manipulating Ariel into giving up the voice of she.
Starring halle baileythe new movie The little Mermaid is receiving very positive comments from the press, with many of its members assuring that Bailey is the great gem of the adaptation, celebrating her beauty and talent when playing the innocent and dreamy Ariel, one of the most beloved princesses in all of Disney. Although the 23-year-old actress received a lot of criticism when her casting was revealed, reviews argue that this is a brilliant acting job that lives up to the classic heroine who is in search of her dream.
Movies that adapt Disney animated classics have been heavily criticized from the start. They are accused of being a pretense to get as much money as possible from the public’s nostalgia and of not living up to expectations, making sweeping changes that forever alter the essence of the original product. The truth is that several of them have been incredibly successful and have given Disney enough reasons to continue with their productions without anyone and nothing being able to stop them. One of the following remakes is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves with Rachel Zegler.
The little Mermaid with halle bailey It opens in theaters on May 25.
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