OG Ariel From “The Little Mermaid” Defends The Changes of The New Film Compared to The Original


While the new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid seems to largely follow the plan of the original 1989 animated film, we will indeed have a few differences. Despite the fact that Holly Bailey’s casting for the role of Ariel has received the most headlines, among all that we know about The Little Mermaid, there is the fact that the film will include several new songs and that some of the original songs of The Little Mermaid will have their own characteristics. lyrics changed. Although this has caused some backlash, the original Mermaid Jodi Benson fully supports the changes.

Not everyone was thrilled when it turned out that in the new version of The Little Mermaid, “Kiss the Girl” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” would undergo minor lyrical changes. For many, changing the words written by the great Howard Ashman in the upcoming Disney movie borders on sacrilege. However, Ariel’s original voice Jody Benson tells People that it was ultimately necessary to update the lyrics for a modern audience. She explained…

If you look at our film, you will see that we started working in the studio in 1986 and were released in 1989. Times change, people change, cultures change. What is important and what is important to change. And, as studios, we have to make these adjustments, and we have to take into account what is happening around us. We need to be aware.

The question of how Ariel could consent to Prince Eric without her voice is a question that fans and critics of the original “The Little Mermaid” raised years after the release of the original film. The new film answers this question by changing one line in the song “Kiss the Girl”.

In the end, it becomes clear that Jody Benson does not consider the changes in the film significant. By making a few very small changes, the film can better represent the modern audience and the current generation. She continued…

I feel all the nuances and small, minor changes here and there are very important. It is very important to pay attention to what is happening right now in our world and make it effective for our time period, where we are now in this generation.

The new “Little Mermaid” is certainly not the only Disney remake that has made such minor changes. Most of the Disney Renaissance films remained close to their predecessors and made only minor changes to the story. On the one hand, they may seem so small that they are meaningless, and therefore not worth doing them. At the same time, because they are so insignificant, they don’t really change anything, so fans looking for the story of the Little Mermaid they know and love will still get it. And for some, these changes can help make the new Little Mermaid the one they will return to in the future.


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