Along with the thrilling Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the Little Mermaid remake has a regrettable flaw. In movies, the enigmatic ocean depths are occasionally only as striking as the afilmmaker’s creativity and the tools at hand. Ariel and Aquaman set the bar high for maritime adventures, and when subsequent films push further into the ocean, expectations are high.
As Disney animators toiled to create the film’s underwater sequences, The Little Mermaid and its distinct characters once stood out as an animated extravaganza. In the meantime, Aquaman gained popularity for its entertainingly outrageous action and stylized deep-sea towns. The first Avatar: The Way of Water trailer, however, surfaced in 2022, two years after the initial release of both movies. The trailer for Pandora, James Cameron’s follow-up to 2009’s Avatar, showcased how the film’s ground-breaking visual effects would bring its oceans to life. Avatar: The Way of Water’s trailer, which had over 146 million views in 24 hours, didn’t let fans down and further cemented the series’ reputation as the pinnacle of computer-generated imagery.
The shadow thrown over them by Avatar: The Way of Water presents a challenge for Aquaman and The Little Mermaid as they get ready for their upcoming theatrical releases. Comparisons to James Cameron’s work, whose passion project already set a new benchmark for what is feasible for beach CGI, will surely be made with the Little Mermaid remake and Aquaman 2’s sequel. There are already concerns about whether Aquaman 2 and The Little Mermaid will be able to surpass Avatar 2’s ground-breaking aquatic technology or fall short.
There is no doubting that Avatar’s visuals showcase some of the greatest of contemporary CGI, despite the fact that its narrative are controversial among critics. James Cameron’s attempts to construct Pandora’s oceans have already established themselves as unsurpassed. There’s no denying that Cameron’s labor was wonderfully Herculean when he dove into the Mariana Trench to gather raw material, employed cutting-edge performance capture equipment, and shot underwater scenes in both real-world and computer-generated settings. However, critics have noted that Disney’s live-action remakes are infamous for their poor CGI.
Dumbo’s designs are unnerving, the Lion King’s cast is “expressionless,” and Pinocchio is “wooden” in all the wrong ways. The Little Mermaid’s first impression wasn’t much better, as many people observed the teaser trailer odd underwater movements with a clear lack of bubbles and swinging debris. It also felt lifeless. Ariel also appeared to be singing from a land-based studio rather than an underwater cave. Although DC hasn’t provided much information on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the several delays leading up to its debut are troubling. Despite the parallels that Disney and Warner Bros. will definitely make between their underwater scenes, they cannot hope to equal the standards Cameron has established.
Avatar: The Way of Water is a visual competitor, but there’s still a chance that Aquaman 2 and The Little Mermaid may succeed. Halle Bailey’s selection as Ariel in The Little Mermaid received plaudits, and the first movie is a Disney classic. When thinking back on Aquaman, it’s clear that, despite the controversy surrounding the second movie, the lead actor Jason Momoa and the lavish action have won over audiences. Sometimes all a movie needs to stand out is the correct actors and plot; special effects don’t always determine a movie’s success.
There is a lot of pressure on Aquaman, the Lost Kingdom, and The Little Mermaid to look as good as they are fun. The underwater CGI in Avatar: The Way of Water appears to have set a challenging new bar based just on the trailers. If the finished product is as daunting as it initially appears, remains to be seen. The response to The Little Mermaid video since its debut at Disney’s D23 Expo last month has left Halle Bailey speechless.
Halle and her sister Chlöe spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier at the WACO Theater Centers’ Wearable Art Gala, which was organized by Tina Knowles-Lawson and her husband Richard to raise money for the organization’s artistic and youth mentoring programs. The two discussed the live-action movie, new music, and more.
Fans get their first glimpse of Halle as Ariel while watching her swim past fish and sea turtles while traversing the water. In the trailer, Ariel comes across a shipwreck at one point. When it abruptly cuts away, she is just about to peer inside. As “Part of Your World” reaches its climax, fans can finally hear and witness Halle perform the beloved Disney song.
“It’s been just insane and overpowering. After seeing all the infants, I’ve been overcome with emotion “At the Saturday charity event with a Harlem Nights theme, Halle exclaimed. I’m so touched by this honor that I can’t help but pinch myself. Little Black girls, who are seeing themselves on TV for the first time as the iconic Disney princess, and Halle, who said that seeing their emotions made her cry, have both been particularly affected by the clip.
The countdown to the movie’s May 2023 premiere is both thrilling and emotional, according to Halle, who also said that she feels like she’s been waiting a very long time for the movie.
“I can hardly wait for the release. We’ve been talking about it for a while, but I feel like I’ve been waiting for so long. Now that the rollout is beginning, I’m incredibly pleased that everyone will get to witness, “She spoke. “I really hope everyone enjoys it. We shall see.”
Along with Daveed Diggs providing the voice of Sebastian the crab, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle, the movie also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.
While Halle and Chlöe have long collaborated, they both maintain their own careers in music and film. According to the sisters, nothing is more gratifying than witnessing one another thrive.
It’s amazing, Halle said, “absolutely like me, I feel like I get even more thrilled for Chlöe’s music videos than she does, because she’s filled with nervousness, but I’m like, ‘Girl, you should see.'” “I truly like it.”
The same is true for Chlöe, who expressed her feelings to ET, saying, “I think it goes both ways because when you’re in it, you’re just focused on your nerves and internalizing everything, but being able to watch sis in all her glory has been so incredible, and I’m so happy the world is seeing what I’ve always seen since we were like, this tall.”
She continued, “So, in everything we’re doing together, and separately, I’m so, so proud of her.
On May 26, 2023, The Little Mermaid is scheduled to float into theaters.