“D23: Inside Disney” Takes A Deep Dive Under The Sea For All Things “The Little Mermaid”

A new episode of the D23: Inside Disney Video podcasts goes all in and devotes the episode to all things Under The Sea, taking a look at all things celebrating The Little Mermaid.

What’s Happening:

  • A new episode of the D23: Inside Disney Video Podcast lets viewers dive beneath the sea with Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Alan Menken, and more to explore the making of Walt Disney Studios' The Little Mermaid.
  • There, viewers discover treasures untold, from behind-the-scenes stories to stunning musical performances, with the help of the cast and creatives of the film.
  • The episode features an exclusive interview with Halle Bailey where she shares what it was like becoming Ariel for the film before featuring other interviews with the cast and crew, and featurettes including:
    • Awkwafina Voicing Scuttle
    • Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder
    • Javier Bardem as King Triton
    • Melissa McCarthy on the special effects to bring her Ursula to life
    • Interviews with Yvette Nicole Brown and Nina West
    • Interview with Producer John DeLuca and Director Rob Marshall
    • Alan Menken discussing the film’s new songs
    • Halle Bailey performing “Part of Your World” at Disneyland
    • The world premiere of The Little Mermaid
    • Art Malik getting casts as Grimsby
    • First look at “Poor Unfortunate Souls”

  • The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.
  • The film stars:
    • Halle Bailey (grown-ish) as Ariel
    • Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home) as Prince Eric
    • Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) as the voice of Sebastian
    • Awkwafina (Raya and the Last Dragon) as the voice of Scuttle
    • Jacob Tremblay (Luca) as the voice of Flounder
    • Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns) as Queen Selina
    • Art Malik (Homeland) as Sir Grimsby
    • Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) as King Triton
    • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) as Ursula
  • The Little Mermaid is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (Finding Neverland).
  • The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto).
  • The Little Mermaid arrives in theaters on May 26th.

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Tony Betti
Originally from California where he studied a dying artform (hand-drawn animation), Tony has spent most of his adult life in the theme parks of Orlando. When he’s not writing for LP, he’s usually watching and studying something animated or arguing about “the good ole’ days” at the parks.