Well, Disney remade another one of their classic animated movies in live-action format, which means it’s time to dive into The Little Mermaid, from the same director of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. We open the show this week briefly chatting about other movies we’re looking forward to this coming month, then it’s onto our review and a general look at what’s coming next for these Disney live-action remakes. Last, we finish the show with the Rotten Tomatoes Game and a bonus segment looking at a ranking of the Disney live-action remakes according to their RT scores.
The Little Mermaid was directed by Rob Marshall with David Magee as screenwriter. The original story is adapted, loosely, from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale. The film stars Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy. It features new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and reworked compositions from Alan Menken (who composed the original 1989 animated film).
Our intro music this week is “Wind Flower” by Toti Cisneros.
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Synopsis for The Little Mermaid:
The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. With mermaids forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. [Source: Letterboxd]