A few songs to come The little Mermaid remake may look a little different for fans of the original animated film.
That’s because songs like “Kiss the Girl” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” went through a few lyrical edits before making the final cut.
Composer Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the 1989 film and worked on the remake, explained that the updated lyrics reflect a more modern Disney princess.
“There are some changes to the lyrics of ‘Kiss the Girl’ because people have become very sensitive to the idea that (Prince Eric) would somehow impose himself on (Ariel)” , he told Vanity Fair.
He continued: “We have a few revisions in ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ regarding lines that might make young girls feel like they shouldn’t speak in turn, even though Ursula is clearly manipulating Ariel into giving up. his voice.”
It was all part of the movie’s modernization, which star Halle Bailey said “changed her perspective from just (Ariel) wanting to leave the ocean for a boy.”
“It’s so much more than that. It’s about herself, her purpose, her freedom, her life and what she wants,” she told Variety.
As for how Jodi Benson, The little MermaidOriginal Ariel, feels all the changes, she says she’s totally okay with it.
“We’re talking about starting our (voice-over) sessions in 1986,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s 2023, so we have to grow, we have to learn, we have to be aware of our surroundings.”
Jodi added that “we need to be mindful of our growth as humans and what’s important now and what might not be as important.”
“Things change. We have to accept that… But you have to have growth. It’s very important to stay relevant with where we are, what’s going on around us. We have to be aware,” he said. she declared. .
Jodi shared that she thinks director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca “did a great job doing this” while “paying homage and honor to our original film.”
“So the tweaks and tweaks they had to make, it was a must, but it was done in a beautiful way, and I’m very, very pleased with that,” Jodi concluded.
You can read everything Jodi had to share here.