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The Little Mermaid | Official teaser trailer

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  1. [7]
    cfabbro
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    Cue all the "anti-woke" crowd being up in arms about a black actress in the role of Ariel. Y'know... because in the original she was white skinned with red hair, and mermaids are from European...

    Cue all the "anti-woke" crowd being up in arms about a black actress in the role of Ariel. Y'know... because in the original she was white skinned with red hair, and mermaids are from European folklore therefor cannot be black, or whatever other stupid fucking reasons they come up with to hide their racism behind plausible sounding criticism.

    That said, I normally hate these Disney remakes, especially since they often cut out most, or even all of the original music and songs. So I'm actually surprised to find myself looking forward to this one. The original is one of my absolute favorite animated Disney musicals so I'm excited to hear some new interpretations of the old songs I've already heard (and sung) a million times. It's just too bad Samuel E. Wright (original voice of Sebastian the crab, and Mufasa in the Broadway Lion King) died last year though, so he won't be in it. It would have been really fun to see him reprise his role, get a cameo, or even better yet, playing King Triton! :(

    p.s. Just for fun, here's my favorite cover of Part of Your World. :)

    7 votes
    1. [4]
      Loire
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      Honestly, with fear of the reaction this will garner... Of all the originally white characters re-casted as black, this is the first time I've watched the media and actually felt... Weird about...

      Cue all the "anti-woke" crowd being up in arms about a black actress in the role of Ariel. Y'know... because in the original she was white skinned with red hair, and mermaids are from European folklore therefor cannot be black, or whatever other stupid fucking reasons they come up with to hide their racism behind plausible sounding criticism.

      Honestly, with fear of the reaction this will garner... Of all the originally white characters re-casted as black, this is the first time I've watched the media and actually felt... Weird about it? As in something looks... Off? I don't know what it is about this case, especially since I've enjoyed it as of late (Heimdell, the Velaryon's, Arondir in RoP, Zendaya) Perhaps it's the lack of iconic (bright*) red hair but something just feels wrong about the look of the character for the remake.

      7 votes
      1. [3]
        cfabbro
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        I personally don't see any issue with the look of Ariel in this. The lighting being so dark in every scene, and the colours so washed out, has me a bit worried though. It almost looks like they're...

        I personally don't see any issue with the look of Ariel in this. The lighting being so dark in every scene, and the colours so washed out, has me a bit worried though. It almost looks like they're going for "gritty realism", when I would much prefer everything to be a lot more vibrant. But that impression could just be due to the scenes they selected for the trailer. Perhaps they were trying to set a sadder mood, and the explosions that she swims towards at the end are when things brighten up (literally and figuratively) after she finally sees the surface world and falls in love. We shall have to wait and see.

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          balooga
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          I'd be all for a grimdark Little Mermaid if it wasn't the Disney telling of it.

          I'd be all for a grimdark Little Mermaid if it wasn't the Disney telling of it.

          2 votes
          1. cfabbro
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            The Little Merman, a prequel to Cabin in the Woods? ;) There is also The Shape of Water too, which actually has a lot of similar story elements to Little Mermaid but in reverse.

            The Little Merman, a prequel to Cabin in the Woods? ;) There is also The Shape of Water too, which actually has a lot of similar story elements to Little Mermaid but in reverse.

            4 votes
    2. [2]
      vegai
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      FWIW, I thought Beauty and the Beast was pretty good. Mostly due to Emma Watson, I suppose.

      FWIW, I thought Beauty and the Beast was pretty good. Mostly due to Emma Watson, I suppose.

      1 vote
      1. cfabbro
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        Hmm. That's actually one of the few remakes I haven't watched yet. I'm still reluctant, but I will give it a try now. :)

        Hmm. That's actually one of the few remakes I haven't watched yet. I'm still reluctant, but I will give it a try now. :)

        1 vote
  2. [5]
    Bearskin
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    Ariel singing underwater is easy to overlook in animation--you put it out of your mind and give it pass. Seeing it in live-action... it is so jarring to not have air bubbles or some kind of...

    Ariel singing underwater is easy to overlook in animation--you put it out of your mind and give it pass. Seeing it in live-action... it is so jarring to not have air bubbles or some kind of distortion in the vocals. Having it sound like a concert hall in an underwater environment just doesn't match what I'm seeing.

    I'm not the target audience for this, but a Melissa McCarthy Ursula might be worth catching. It would be easier to throw money at a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of the original Hans Christian Andersen story. Disney's aversion to darkness and melancholy has produced a number of ear-worms over the decades, but even children crave some substance in the story being presented. /rant +1 casting

    5 votes
    1. [4]
      cloud_loud
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      I’ll tell you the better Disney/Del Toro pairing. The Haunted Mansion movie he wrote ten years ago for them only to get shelved. Del Toro is a self avowed Disney freak and Haunted Mansion is his...

      I’ll tell you the better Disney/Del Toro pairing. The Haunted Mansion movie he wrote ten years ago for them only to get shelved. Del Toro is a self avowed Disney freak and Haunted Mansion is his favorite ride. He wrote a PG-13 gothic horror film.

      That whole project was shelved but was brought back recently but with a Parks and Rec writer, to go with the comedy route. The same route they took when they made a haunted mansion movie with Eddie Murphy.

      Wild stuff.

      7 votes
      1. [3]
        Bearskin
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        I would like to see his take on it, but I don't have much faith in a sanitized comedic version. Disney's absolute refusal to take risks is something I could rant about for hours. Guillermo's video...

        I would like to see his take on it, but I don't have much faith in a sanitized comedic version. Disney's absolute refusal to take risks is something I could rant about for hours. Guillermo's video game venture, P.T. was shelved in a similar fashion, and I still wonder what could have been. Also, still waiting for Hellboy 3. You'd think winning an Oscar for best picture and best director would give you a blank check to do whatever you damn well please.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          cloud_loud
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          He and Perlman have stated Hellboy 3 will never happen. As for blank check, he used it on the 60 million dollar budget of Nightmare Alley.

          He and Perlman have stated Hellboy 3 will never happen.

          As for blank check, he used it on the 60 million dollar budget of Nightmare Alley.

          3 votes
          1. Bearskin
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            I will fight for Nightmare Alley, mostly because I have a soft spot for movies that take their time. A Vision in Darkness and Light (the black & white version) drastically enhances the lighting...

            I will fight for Nightmare Alley, mostly because I have a soft spot for movies that take their time. A Vision in Darkness and Light (the black & white version) drastically enhances the lighting choices throughout the film, and is a must-watch in my opinion. It's a damn shame the movie was eaten alive opening against Spider-Man: No Way Home--a casualty of the pandemic that I hope gets rediscovered as time goes on.

            2 votes
  3. [4]
    Kremor
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    Can someone tell me what's going in the youtube comments? Why is everyone quoting scenes from other movies/series as if they were from this movie?

    Can someone tell me what's going in the youtube comments? Why is everyone quoting scenes from other movies/series as if they were from this movie?

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      MimicSquid
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      Probably knock-on effects from the whole Morbius thing, where people realized they could outright lie about the content of media and many people out of the loop would believe them.

      Probably knock-on effects from the whole Morbius thing, where people realized they could outright lie about the content of media and many people out of the loop would believe them.

      6 votes
      1. [2]
        Omnicrola
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        I haven't seen that movie, nor paid much attention to it. There was a thing?

        from the whole Morbius thing

        I haven't seen that movie, nor paid much attention to it. There was a thing?

        3 votes
        1. MimicSquid
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          That's the joke. No one watched it or paid any attention to it, so you could claim that literally anything happened and no one could refute you. The memes were so popular that Sony re-released the...

          That's the joke. No one watched it or paid any attention to it, so you could claim that literally anything happened and no one could refute you. The memes were so popular that Sony re-released the movie in theaters to try to capitalize on it, and it bombed even worse the second time.

          11 votes
  4. AugustusFerdinand
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    I am disappointed in the lack of shots of Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

    I am disappointed in the lack of shots of Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.

    3 votes