Little Mermaid's live-action Sebastian is thoroughly cursed
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We just got a new trailer for the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid, and it's sufficiently proven that not every Disney movie needs to be realistic.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that The Little Mermaid (2023) exists. Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel looks brilliant, and there are so many fans thrilled to see the 1989 animated film get some love. However, one thing that I personally didn’t think about when the movie was first announced was that to make a live-action version, Ariel’s underwater buddies Sebastian the crab and Flounder the fish would have to be turned into realistic sea creatures in order to fit in. The result isn’t pretty.
Take a look at the latest trailer for The Little Mermaid below, featuring cursed realistic Sebastian.
I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but yes, Sebastian is literally just a crab - he can still talk, but the crustacean doesn’t have the same Disney magic in his eyes that he once did. As UNILAD reports, over on Twitter, fans haven’t been feeling too great about the beloved character’s live-action adaptation.
“What the f**k did they do to Sebastian in the live action remake for The Little Mermaid? The other stuff in the trailer looks good but I cannot tolerate this. Disney please fix your s**t and start improvising,” @DreemurrToppy tweeted. “Okay so Flounder is just a realistic looking fish and Sebastian is just a realistic looking crab, great job Disney [you’re] ruining this film already!” wrote @ThunderG2004. "Animated Sebastian vs. live action Sebastian,” @MarcQuill posted, comparing the crustacean to Homer Simpson’s beloved lobster Pinchy in The Simpsons.
Otherwise, the film is looking promising - in particular, Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Ursula looks absolutely spot on.
The Little Mermaid is set to hit cinemas on 26 May, so there’s not long to wait. Maybe don’t go to see it after having a seafood dinner, though.