Little Mermaid Fans Rejoice: the New Live-Action Trailer Is Here

Disney's latest trailor will have you hooked on Ariel and company all over again.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Assistant Editor
Published March 14, 2023
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Disney has finally released the first full-length trailer for its highly anticipated live-action The Little Mermaid film. The trailer debuted during the The Oscars on March 12, providing an in-depth look at the world under the sea and garnering plenty of reactions from parents and their little ones.

The trailer opens with beautifully composed shots of the iconic shipwreck and Ariel’s (played by Halle Bailey) heroic rescue of Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). Throughout the trailer parents also get their first real glimpse at Ursula, played by Melissa McCarthy, and King Triton who is portrayed by none other than Javier Bardem.

Parents of little ones will be excited to hear that the trailer also features Ariel swimming through the ocean with her favorite animal sidekicks, including Flounder, the fish voiced by Jacob Tremplay, Scuttle the bird (voice by Awkwafina) and Sebastian the crab (voiced by Daveed Diggs). To close out the trailer, Ariel sings the iconic Under the Sea anthem as she swims through the ocean and rides off in a carriage with Prince Eric, hinting at the romance to come.

The new trailer gives a good idea of what to expect from the film, with incredibly realistic CGI animation and plenty of dark sea cave vibes, particularly from Ursula. Fans of the original 1989 animated version will appreciate the call-backs to the original, such as Flounder following Ariel, Sebastian’s desire to keep her from her rebellious ways, and the slightly clueless seagull who becomes Ariel’s ill-informed guide to all things human. However, the film also offers some updates and refreshes, including four new songs and impressive visual effects.

While the trailer might have only been a little over two minutes long, it has left fans eager to see the movie in full. As Ariel says in the trailer, “I just want to know more about them,” and fans feel the same way about the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

Mark your calendars for the premier of The Little Mermaid on May 26!

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