Disney Gives ‘Little Mermaid’ the Progressive-Live Action Treatment

Disney has made billions remaking its classic animated films into live-action versions sanitized so as not to offend modern cultural sensibilities, and by the initial accounts, “The Little Mermaid” is no different.

The much-anticipated remake, which premiered Friday to varied critical reviews, features a boatload of tweaks to the plot and lyrics intended to bring the 1989 original in line with contemporary social mores.

Scuttle the male sea gull is now Scuttle the female gannet. Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, is Black and hails from a mixed-race family of mermaids and mermen. King Triton checks the environmental box by denouncing humans for polluting the ocean.

Melissa McCarthy, who plays Ursula the sea witch in the remake, told Deadline earlier this month that her performance was modeled — as the original animated character was — on the late drag queen celebrity Divine.

“I just hope to do every incredible drag queen proud,” Ms. McCarthy said. (Read more from “Disney Gives ‘Little Mermaid’ the Progressive-Live Action Treatment” HERE)

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