The Little Mermaid Live-Action Film Brings New Songs and Cast Members to the Classic
The recent release of The Little Mermaid live-action film (63%) has thrilled audiences with iconic songs from the original 1989 animated film, as well as new compositions from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Alongside classic tunes like “Part of Him”, “Under the Sea”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss Her”, viewers are treated to fresh ballads such as “Wild Uncharted Waters” and “Impossible Child”, performed by Javier Bardem as King Triton and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric.
Despite its beauty and value to Bardem’s character, the song “Impossible Child” did not make it to the final cut of the movie. The track explores the king’s fears of his daughter Ariel leaving him to be with humans, whilst also questioning his own role in her life. Bardem has explained that the scene had to be cut as it did not fit with the movie’s story arc.
Just because “Impossible Child” was left out of the theatrical release, that doesn’t mean fans won’t get to hear it. The song will be included in the bonus features when the movie is added to Disney Plus later this year.
The Little Mermaid Cast Addresses Controversy Over Triton’s Daughters
The Little Mermaid live-action film has not been without its controversies. One of the most interesting topics of debate was the diversity of King Triton’s daughters. Fans were quick to question Triton’s *ahem* romantic habits, given that the princesses had distinct ethnic backgrounds.
Javier Bardem spoke at length about this in an interview, saying that the daughters do indeed share the same mother. Director Rob Marshall explained the reasoning behind this, stating that each ocean’s “essence” was imbued into the offspring, resulting in a diverse group of siblings.
The Little Mermaid is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. The movie is set to be released on Disney Plus later this summer.
The Little Mermaid live-action film has been a success with both long-time fans of the classic animation and newcomers to the tale. While some songs may not have made it to the final cut, fans can look forward to bonus features including “Impossible Child”, as well as gaining insight into the controversy surrounding King Triton’s daughters. As always, Disney has brought its signature blend of music, magic, and wonder to the screen with this latest release.