Disney Announces Animated Series Inspired By Halle Bailey’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake
Disney is preparing to release a new series for preschoolers inspired by Halle Bailey’s “The Little Mermaid.”
According to reports, Disney Branded Television has given the green light for the animated series “Disney Junior’s Ariel,” which is based on the live-action film “The Little Mermaid” starring Halle Bailey. The announcement was made yesterday (June 13) during the Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France.
The new series is currently in the works at Disney Junior and will follow a younger version of Princess Ariel. Fans can expect to see new characters on screen along with the beloved well-known characters from the movie, including; King Triton, Ursula, Sebastian, and Flounder.
While making the announcement, Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television said,
“For more than 30 years, the story of ‘The Little Mermaid’ has been beloved by audiences all over the world. It brings me so much joy to be able to introduce our new Disney Junior version of Ariel to preschoolers everywhere.”
The series is set to take place in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica as Ariel goes on educated, fun-packed adventures with her friends. Reportedly, “Disney Junior’s Ariel” will highlight Caribbean culture throughout the series through music, food, festivals, fashion, language, and folklore.
Similar to the classic Disney film, Ariel’s curiosity about the world leads her to new discoveries such as land treasures, which she uses to help solve problems. In addition, young Ariel’s emotions will reflect through her mermaid tail by changing colors.
“Disney Junior’s Ariel” will debut on Disney platforms worldwide in 2024.
The success of the live-action adaptation of Halle Bailey’s “The Little Mermaid” may have set the tone for the new Disney Junior series.
As previously reported, “The Little Mermaid” brought in $117.5 million at the US box office during its opening weekend. The film made history as the fifth-best opening for Memorial Day weekend. Currently, “The Little Mermaid” has a 94% audience score on rotten tomatoes.
The live-action remake of the 1989 animated film premiered on May 26. The movie has faced a lot of criticism from people who weren’t happy to see Bailey, a Black woman, score the leading role. However, it seems that “The Little Mermaid” did just fine without the support of the skeptics.
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