Over the years, Disney's live-action remakes of its classic animated films have left much to be desired. Many have been disappointed since Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella was released almost a decade ago. Tim Burton's Dumbo combined poor storytelling with disturbing character design, while Jon Favreau's The Lion King lacked the personality that made the original so beloved. Guy Ritchie's Aladdin was also a letdown for some viewers.
It's true that there have been so many uninspired live-action remakes from Disney that people have stopped paying attention. It's easy to forget recent releases like Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, and Pinocchio, which came and went without much fanfare. However, it seems that Disney is aware of this trend and is making a big push with the upcoming remake of The Little Mermaid. With new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel, despite backlash from some fans, Disney is hoping that this film will be a game-changer and breathe new life into the formula.
The upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid may not be well-received, as some critics have described it as the ugliest film ever made. The character posters released last month hinted at the poor quality of the CGI animals, which looked flat and lifeless, lacking the charm of their animated counterparts. Melissa McCarthy's Ursula has also been criticized for her unappealing appearance, described as the landlady of the Style's least desirable pub.
MTV recently released a clip of the movie featuring the song "Kiss the Girl," but it has only added to the negative feedback. The use of photorealism has made the scene awkward, as a fish suddenly appears out of the water to encourage Prince Eric to kiss Ariel. This differs from the original animated version, where Sebastian the crab was able to express human characteristics, making the song more friendly than perverse. The remake's use of photorealism has made the scene uncomfortable for some viewers, as it features a talking fish engaging in sexually suggestive behavior.
The latest clip from the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has left viewers feeling even more uncomfortable. A giant, realistic-looking gannet suddenly appears and aggressively urges Prince Eric to have a romantic encounter with Ariel. However, the main issue is with Sebastian the crab, who looks like an actual crab and is terrifyingly unsettling. His claws, tiny mouth, and dead crab eyes lack any charm or motivation, making the scene more sinister than it should be.
The trailer also revealed that Ursula is half-octopus, which is equally disturbing. It appears that Disney's attempt to revitalize the classic animated movie has instead created a horror show that viewers will remember for all the wrong reasons.