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'Little Mermaid' Remake Updates Lyrics to Emphasize Female Empowerment

By Michael Vincent on April 10, 2023

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Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid‘ will include a modernization of the original songs with present-day sensitivities around consent and young girls speaking out.

The move was announced by Alan Menken, the legendary composer behind the 1989 classic, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He stated he collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda to adjust lyrics in ‘Kiss the Girl’ and ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ to help emphasize consent and female empowerment.

Beyond revisions, Menken stated the remake would feature three new songs, including a power ballad for Prince Eric and a musical rap for Scuttle and Sebastian.

Disney magic is for everyone: Disney has also announced new theme park updates to ensure they balance creative integrity and changing audience expectations. Updates include changes to Disney theme parks, such as a 2021 rule that allows cast members to wear ‘gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices, and the retheming of Splash Mountain.

Can’t please everybody: Disney has faced some criticism for its perceived “pandering to woke audiences“. Critics claim that Disney’s “wokeness “puts the company in turmoil, potentially impacting its future success.

The highly anticipated remake is set to hit screens on May 25, 2023.

Michael Vincent
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