Editors' Choice

Fans Are Not Happy With The Live Action Little Mermaid Trailer

Steve Porter / March 16, 2017

Disney makes classics. Period. It’s safe to say that 99% of what they put their hands on does well. Fantasia, Aladdin, Frozen, The Lion King, Mulan, Pinocchio, Bambi, Pocahontas, the list is seemingly endless. In recent years, we’ve gotten many live-action remakes of disney classics like Cinderella, Snow White, The Jungle Book, and this year’s Beauty And The Beast starring Emma Watson. Not all of these are made by Disney though, the original intellectual property rights have either transferred back to their original owners or have now become part of the public domain.



The original Little Mermaid premiered on the 17th of November, 1989. The film has a current IMDB rating of 7.6 out of 10 from the votes of nearly 180k members. The story follows Ariel, a mermaid princess who makes a deal with a unscrupulous sea-witch so that she can find a human prince. The film won 2 Oscars and 10 other awards.



So, Disney is currently in the process of making their own live-action version, but another production company has seemed to get there first. Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions have put a spin on the classic 1837 fairy tale written by Christian Anderson. In this version of the story, we follow a young reporter and his niece who find an enchanting creature that they believe to be a real mermaid. First you’ll notice the story is unfamiliar, and second, Ariel’s trademark bright red hair is no more. The trailer feels off and definitely does not have the Disney vibe. There’s a cheapness to it – even in their attempts at creating a spectacle. It has a made-for-TV movie look and tone to it.  

Since the 9th of March when the trailer premiered, it has amassed almost 9.5 million views. Fans who saw the trailer flocked to Twitter to voice their opinions and concerns because the comments section and the like/dislike counters were removed from the video on Youtube. Based on the trailer alone, we can confidently say that we’re not going to see this one. We’ll be waiting for the Disney version and hoping for the best.