People are losing it over Flounder and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid trailer
27 April 2023, 15:00 | Updated: 26 May 2023, 18:15
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"They de-yasssified Flounder..."
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Halle Bailey looks and sounds stunning as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King's Prince Eric is exactly how fans imagined a live-action version of the character should be... The underwater effects, the overall animation, King Triton, Ursula, the first look at the 'Kiss The Girl' boat scene... Cinema!
Buuut because it's a live-action remake, the sea creatures are also now much more realistic than the brightly coloured characters we know and love from the animated movie.
Yesterday, new character posters for the film were released, giving fans a closer look at Ariel's two deep sea friends. And as a result, people are now roasting the new versions of Flounder and Sebastian – and the tweets are low-key hilarious.
In the trailer, fans get their first look at the iconic 'Part of Your World' scene where Ariel swims up to the surface while out looking for treasures with bestie Flounder. He also pops up a few times elsewhere in the trailer too.
But Flounder, voiced perfectly by Jacob Tremblay, is no longer the bright yellow and blue, big-eyed, expressive sidekick we recognise from the 1989 film. Flounder is now... well, he's a real fish. And he looks like a real fish. Because this is live-action movie.
Fans were taken aback by Flounder in particular, with actor Joel Kim Booster joking that they "de-yassified" the character.
That’s supposed to be FLOUNDER??? pic.twitter.com/NBExsup3E2— Mari 💖 (@ComicLoverMari) March 14, 2023
the rewards of the mortifying ordeal— cass city (@HeavenlyGrandpa) April 26, 2023
being loved of being known pic.twitter.com/c31B9HL2Cc
WHAT DID THEY DO TO FLOUNDER pic.twitter.com/MgQObEyKPE— Lights, Camera, Barstool (@LightsCameraPod) March 13, 2023
I know the Disney live-action films are supposed to be realistic but they can give us a lil more cartoon in the animals.— Mel (@TheBaddestMitch) March 14, 2023
Flounder look like we bout to toss him in some Zatarain’s and fry him 😭 pic.twitter.com/RY4nhTh9aR
They de-yasssified Flounder… pic.twitter.com/HPtaM30BCs— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) March 13, 2023
Flounder isn't the only character in the trailer and on the posters who the internet couldn't stop talking about either.
Sebastian, voiced by Hamilton icon Daveed Diggs, also caught some shade from people who thought the crab looked... way too much like an actual crab.
"Filmgoers waited 34 years but it was worth it: we finally got an anatomically accurate Sebastian," cartoonist Rob DenBleyker joked.
look how they massacred my boy https://t.co/OZgfkNJEBd— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) April 26, 2023
filmgoers waited 34 years but it was worth it: we finally got an anatomically accurate Sebastian pic.twitter.com/lkeFsSgDhZ— Rob DenBleyker (@RobDenBleyker) March 13, 2023
What’s sad about this is that Disney has the money to make this possible pic.twitter.com/bRcCu5C2gc— Mari 💖 (@ComicLoverMari) February 27, 2023
Jokes aside, the first look at the highly-anticipated film was genuinely impressive, and we WILL be seated when it drops in May... ready to stan realistic Flounder and anatomically accurate Sebastian!
Here they both are in glorious detail.
First posters for Sebastian and Flounder in ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’. pic.twitter.com/kN9h8pEXWf— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 26, 2023
Read more The Little Mermaid news here:
- The Little Mermaid director slams racist backlash towards Halle Bailey's casting
- Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley is set to appear in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid
- The Little Mermaid's Halle Bailey shares emotional response to young Black girls watching the trailer
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