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Disney Finds its Ariel

Kassidy Barber

Posted on July 3, 2019 18:03

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In an apparent win for diversity, Disney appoints Halle Bailey as Ariel in the live-action re-imagining of the classic film The Little Mermaid.

This afternoon, it was announced that singer Halle Bailey (member of duo ChloexHalle- not the "Berry" variety) will play one of the most famous Disney Princesses, Ariel, in a live-action re-imagining of The Little Mermaid.

source: Deadline

Many people are claiming this to be an absolute win for diversity, which it most definitely is seeing as the original Ariel was a red-headed, blue-eyed, white-skinned girl. I, for one, am even more excited about the fact that they hired a woman who can actually sing (and quite well, too) for a role in which singing will indubitably be a major aspect. It'll be refreshing to hear someone's own voice that (hopefully) isn't going to be overly auto-tuned and will let viewers revel in the majesty of a great and natural singing voice.

source: Screen Rant

 

However, as with every new Disney live-action re-make that gets announced, this has dredged up the age-old debate again: do we really need re-releases of the same movies multiple times per year? A lot of viewers, including myself, are left disheartened that Disney doesn't seem to be producing as many classics as they are remakes.

Though the classics are relatively "old" as far as original release dates go, most, if not all of them, have a timelessness that allows them to still stand out even in 2019 (that's why they're called "classics," after all). This constant re-making of fan-favorite films- recently Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion KingDumbo, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella, just to name a few- puts a bad taste in many people's mouths because:

1) It's almost impossible to live up to the magic of the originals (just like book-to-movie adaptations, the movie rarely ever lives up to the book).

2) It makes it seem like Disney cares more about making the easy dollar rather than the creative spirit that the company was founded on.

Regardless of one's own opinion on the habitual re-making of old favorite Disney films, I think we can all come together to celebrate a talented individual in Halle Bailey getting a starring, prestigious, and likely stand-out role.

Kassidy Barber

Posted on July 3, 2019 18:03

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Halle Bailey, half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle, will next be going under the sea, starring as Ariel in the upcoming adaptation...

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