Following Disney’s release of the first full trailer for The Little Mermaid during the 95th Academy Awards, fans took to Twitter to announce that McCarthy had officially assumed the mantle of “mother.” Similar to The Mandalorian again The Last of Us Pedro Pascal’s star moniker “dad”, “mama” is a term of endearment given to someone who portrays himself or his characters as confident and attractive. Even though Ursula is a villain The Little Mermaidthe internet can’t get enough of his brave personality and is ready to be his “poor unfortunate souls.”
While The Little Mermaid fans had gotten an official look at Halle Bailey’s Ariel, getting a little taste of McCarthy’s Ursula in previous teasers. McCarthy’s casting in the film was first reported in June 2019 but was not confirmed until February 2020 by the actor. “I play Ursula, the sea witch. It’s so much fun, we’re in rehearsals. It’s been an absolute blast,” McCarthy said at the time. Besides Ursula, the official trailer for The Little Mermaid The preview features Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder. The trailer also showed footage of Scuttle, voiced by Awkwafina, a character reimagined as a female diving bird instead of a male seagull.
McCarthy’s Ursula Wins Praise at The Little Mermaid Test
After Alice in Wonderland dominated the box office in 2010, Disney is slowly reimagining animated classics as live-action blockbusters, The Little Mermaid one of the latest films to receive the treatment. Although most of the films were profitable for the studio, many failed to match the critical reception of their predecessors. However, the early test is the test of The Little Mermaid have suggested that Disney may have another hit on its hands, with test audience members praising Bailey’s Ariel and McCarthy’s Ursula. The latter was very well received, with many calling Ursula the highlight of the film.
Based on the original 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid who loves to have fun. “The youngest of King Triton’s daughters — and the most defiant — Ariel longs to discover more of the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, she falls for Prince Eric,” reads the film’s synopsis. “Although mermaids are forbidden to communicate with people, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her the chance to experience life on earth, but in the end she puts her life – and her father’s crown – in danger.”
The Little Mermaid swims into theaters on May 26.