Disney casts 19 year-old Halle Bailey as Ariel in "Little Mermaid."

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  1. Gaith

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    A Maleficient 2 is coming out this year and a Jungle Book 2 (not a remake of Disney's first Jungle Book 2) is in the works, so I'm thinking... sequels and spin-offs. :p

    Well, he's already been played by a half-Black, half-Samoan... ;)
     
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    Disney should remake Song of the South, setting it in a different time period. If it turns out good then they may finally stop being bugged about re-releasing the original.
     
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    It's probably best to just let it be forgotten. Nothing good can come out of it, except for Splash Mountain.
     
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    I suggest giving Aladdin a shot. I didn't have high hopes because, like you, I did not really enjoy the Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast live action remakes, and I didn't even bother with Dumbo. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Aladdin. It rivals the original for me, and that's saying a lot because I was seriously obsessed with that movie when I was a kid.
     
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    They use it on Splash Mountain, it took all the good and shed the material that's best left in the past.
     
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    Jesus! I was working at a theatre that was showing the original release of The Little Mermaid (which had its soundtrack playing on a loop in the lobby (where I worked at the concession counter)).

    Yes, absolutely!

    I have mixed feelings on all of this (other than Flounder). I know I'm hugely sensitive to certain issues, but other times I do think that overall we are too sensitive and critical of everyone's behavior.
     
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    For all the idiots saying "The Little Mermaid is a Scandinavian tale..."
    Fine, when they make the ultimate Danish edition, filmed in Denmark and using Danish actors, you can argue your case. But she is supposed to have red hair!!
    Ok, give her a wig?
    They didn't have to cast a black actress to play the role; BUT with so little representation of black actors (relatively speaking) in the industry, casting a talented young black actress to play such an iconic role can only be a win.
     
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    But the actres will ruin everything because she don't have fins!
     
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    I get the feeling that they’re giving the whole film a more Caribbean angle. It never made sense that Sebastian had the accent he did without it being set there. Making Ariel black fits with making her more like real Caribbean natives. It will be interesting to see what they do with Eric, whether he will be a native prince or the son of a wealthy European settler.
     
  12. UssGlenn

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    But Caribbean natives aren't black either, they are indigenous American.
     
  13. Doctor Bombay

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    Filed under IJDGAF. Didn't see the cartoon, not going to see this.
     
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    I will file the whole thing under: Merpeople are fictional beings and can look however the storytellers want.
    She could have green hair for all I care.
     
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    Flounder was never supposed to be an actual flounder. That's just his name. He is some kind of bright tropical species, not a bottom-feeding flatfish.

    Kor
     
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    Yep, they really did a great job with that one. I think it's one of the best of the bunch of live-action remakes. They had a high bar to achieve, and I think they somehow managed to at least be equal to that of the original, and even better in some parts. The carpet ride for instance is greatly enhanced in this version, taking advantage of the scenery.
     
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    I never even thought about it until now (mostly because I don't care) but it literally just occurred to me that Flounder is a tropical fish, so the notion that the undersea parts (and by extension the ethnicity of the Merpeople) should be region specific to Scandinavian waters has already been proven false. Oh yeah, and exhibit B: there's also a Jamaican crab too.
    So if anything casting someone with brown skin is *more* faithful to the old Disney movie, not less. Indeed, maybe all the dry land stuff wasn't Denmark at all but the Danish West Indies? (I have no clue if that was ever specified.)
     
  18. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

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    I believe it took place in the European country of Generica.
     
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    You'd be amazed how many white blonde actresses are bottle blondes
    I bet white red heads can get a cab in New York at night
    Folks still getting upset when black folks portray fictional characters?
     
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