“The Little Mermaid”: five curiosities you should know about live-action

“The Little Mermaid”: five curiosities you should know about live-action
“The Little Mermaid”: five curiosities you should know about live-action

Úrsula is the sea witch, a character who proposes a bold deal to Ariel so that she fulfills her dream. (Disney)

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The live action of The little Mermaid (Little Mermaid) is already on movie theaters in Latin America. halle baileya 23-year-old singer and actress, takes the starring role and becomes Ariel, a princess of the sea that many have known since childhood from Disney’s 1989 animated production. After three decades, the same film studio proposed a new version where music, visual effects and the talent of its cast are intertwined.

Along with Bailey (The Color Purple), the feature film brings together jonah hauer king (footprints home) as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy (Ladies in war) as the villain Úrsula and Javier Bardem (No place for wimps) as King Triton.

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Review some curious facts about this long-awaited film.

Halle Bailey dazzles with her musical talent in the film. (Disney)

Director Rob Marshall it preserves emblematic songs such as “Parte de él” (“Part of your world”); but also adds new melodies to the musical palette of The little Mermaid. One of the novelties is “There is a rumor” (“The Scuttlebutt”), a rap written by Lin Manuel Miranda (hamilton) for the Scuttle bird who is played by Akwafina.

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As production data, the songs were recorded with an orchestra of 100 musicians in the famous AIR Studios of London, whose infrastructure is that of a church. “It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life,” Halle Bailey recalled in statements to Disney.

The songs began recording in 2020. (Disney)

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A big challenge in the live-action adaptation was how Ariel’s animal friends would be portrayed. For this, the director decided to apply the technique of photorealism.

Flounder is a tropical reef fish, based on a shy fish called Damselfish. The look of Sebastian it was born from a Cuban land crab with specific gestures borrowed from a white crab. AND scuttle it is now a black and white diving bird known as a gannet. Marshall explained, “This was done specifically so that Ariel would only meet Scuttle underwater, as she hadn’t yet brought herself up to the surface at the beginning of our story.”

This is how Scuttle looks in the new version of “The Little Mermaid”. (Disney)

The charismatics Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle are brought to life through the voices of Daved Diggs, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, respectively. Tremblay (LUCA, good boys) is 16 years old and brings the freshness and innocence that his character requires.

On the other hand, in Latin America, the dubbing actors participating in the project are Lester Ciarreta Hernández, Leo Novoa and Carla Medina.

There was controversy when Flounder’s appearance was revealed in the live-action version. (Disney)

Melissa McCarthy, twice nominated for the Oscars, explained that she was inspired by the drag queen style for her role in The little Mermaid. “Always, since I was a teenager, I have been a huge fan of drag. I think it’s an incredible form of art, and I couldn’t separate it from Ursula,” she told Out Magazine.

In conversation with EW, McCarthy added: “Keeping the humor and the sadness and the unpredictability in Ursula is all I look for in a character; and frankly, everything I look for in a drag queen.”

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Melissa McCartney as the vengeful sea witch. (Disney)

This sequence, like other moments in the underwater world, was filmed using the technique dry-for-wet, in a blue screen environment. The actors are attached to a system of harnesses with counterweights and thus can simulate movement under the sea.

“The training for the underwater scenes was difficult, but fun,” says Halle Bailey. It’s complicated for the body at the moment; but the more you rehearse, the more one gets used to it, especially to the supports. They gave me the feeling of flying and spinning, which is what Ariel does underwater.”

The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to know more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, she falls in love with the handsome Prince Eric. (Disney)

The little Mermaidan ambitious Disney production, is available in Latin American theaters from May 25.

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