The Little Mermaid, a beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story of love, sacrifice, and self-discovery. The 1989 animated adaptation by Disney remains an iconic classic. Fast forward to 2023, a new rendition of The Little Mermaid was box office gold last weekend and is expected to perform well this weekend.
In honor of the success of The Little Mermaid, here is a look back at the characters from 1989 version to 2023. Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy managed to showcase the evolution of these beloved characters, introducing a new audience to Ariel and her colorful friends.
Halle Bailey beautifully captured 2023 Ariel.
Melissa McCarthy slayed as Ursula.
Gotta love Awkwafina as Scuttle.
Jacob Tremblay perfectly captured Flounder.
Art Malik became Sir Grimsby -- and there is a slight resemblance!
Daveed Diggs was perfection as a crab named Sebastian.
Jonah Hauer-King brought the charm as Prince Eric.
Leave it to Oscar winner Javier Bardem to make King Triton come alive.
Queen Selina is an original character written for the 2023 version of The Little Mermaid. She is a human queen and the adoptive mother of Prince Eric. Queen Selina played by Noma Dumezweni.