Social Media Reacts to CGI Characters From Disney's The Little Mermaid Live-Action Movie

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Fans React to Characters in "The Little Mermaid"Walt Disney Studios/YouTube

Disney sent social media into a frenzy when it announced the live-action re-imagining of the 1989's animated underwater film The Little Mermaid. As the film's May 26 release date approaches, The Little Mermaid is now under fire after viewers watched the film's trailer along with official character posters. Fans shared their thoughts about the underwater animals, like Ariel's besties Sebastian and Flounder.

While Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle were animated into cute figures in the original film, the three animals look like actual animals in the reimagined version, drawing much confusion from viewers. "Was it so hard to make a cute Flounder on the Little Mermaid 2023 instead of the hyperrealist fish they put on it? Oh Disney... You should have just recycled the animals from Pinocchio because the Scuttle seagull is rancid too," one Twitter user wrote. Someone else made light of Hollywood's recent Ozempic weight loss scandal, joking that Flounder was "Another Hollywood victim of Ozempic."

Despite the backlash from some fans, others weren't as interested in the argument. "I think y’all are doing too much with the little mermaid animal designs…like a design of some fish or crab shouldn’t have y’all losing your minds," a Twitter user offered. "Idk why people are SO pressed over the animals in the live-action little mermaid looking like actual animals," another user began. "I find them ADORABLE! Maybe that’s because I love animals but they’re cute!What do y’all want them to look like? Like the way they did Alvin & the chipmunks! HELL NO!"

Social media may be divided over the CGIn versions of Ariel's animal friends, but there's no denying that the live-action versions do indeed look ultra-realistic. Viewers have less than a month before they can determine if their characters live up to the OG roles when The Little Mermaid hits theaters on May 26.

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