The new, live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is officially out now in theaters!
The latest Disney remake debuted on Friday (May 26) and has been receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
However, with the new film, there are a few new songs, lyric changes and there are two songs that were cut from the original animated movie musical.
Keep reading to learn more…
Not featured in the new version are the two tracks, “Daughters of Triton” and “Les Poissons.”
Leading up to the film’s release, both director Rob Marshall and composer Alan Menken have opened up about why each song was cut for the live action version.
“I think the thought process was a) we didn’t it need in this particular version,” Alan told ComicBook.com about cutting “Daughters of Triton.” “And we definitely wanted the film to start with a much more of a live-action feel of the ocean and meeting Ariel, and then we wait a little bit, make you wait until we get to ‘Part of Your World.’ And I think that was, you know, it was an amazing choice because it just builds the power and anticipation.”
“And part of that is also knowing you’re adapting something that’s already beloved,” he added. “So you want to say, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, and here it is. And when it comes, god.”
On “Les Poissons,” Rob said that it was a great concept for the animated version, but didn’t really fit in the story that much and he didn’t know how they could’ve done it in the live action film.
“It’s literally a Saturday morning cartoon section. If we had filmed it — I don’t know how we would’ve filmed it — it never would have played,” Rob shared with THR. “It’s also a vacation from the story and has nothing to do with the story, so you can’t do that in a live-action film. That was a wonderful animated concept, but like I said, we’re in a different genre. So it was very important to keep the story moving forward in a very live-action way.”
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