The Little Mermaid premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on May 8, 2023, and was released in the United States on May 26.
Critics praised the performances of the cast and the musical sequences but criticized the visual effects and character designs.
As all of the avid fans know, the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, Ariel is a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land.
“Happy places and saltwater taffy! You will always be my baby.”
Unsinkable Disney does it again with an atmospheric romantic novelesque film retelling the yearning of maturing wide-eyed teenage angst in the fairy tale land based on Hans Christian Andersen.
The box office earnings of The Little Mermaid remake have surpassed $209 million worldwide thus far.
The film made a significant impact during its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $163.5 million, which includes a three-day opening of $95.5 million domestically and an international box office collection of $68.3 million.
While it has not yet surpassed its reported budget of $250 million, industry experts remain hopeful for the film’s success.
A review from a netizen caught the attention of social media with a comment, “The new little mermaid is not that bad but also not that good.”
Starring Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hauer-King, and Daveed Diggs, the movie is a modern take on a classic story, complete with stunning vocals, a colorful script, and beautiful set design.
Shondaland caught up with Dumezweni to unpack the Disney film, why it’s important for Ariel to have a voice, and what it’s like to be one of Disney’s first Black queens.