Something I think most of y'all are ignoring is how I stated that it has nothing to do with race despite me stating as such a few times in my post, but I shall say it once more: my problem isn't about the race.
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I wonder why they're opting for Zendaya and not someone who looks like the original Ariel?
But hey! Unpopular opinions are pretty frowned upon, so I guess I should just quit while I'm ahead, right?!
This has nothing to do with you having an "unpopular" opinion, it has to do with you framing your entire complaint as a matter of maintaining the "racial" integrity of Ariel, who is a mermaid, and leaning into false equivalencies about who gets represented in media and why it matters.
And let's keep the record straight, Disney didn't make it a "mission" to cast ethnically authentic actors in their live-action adaptations, like, at all.
With both Aladdin
there were early indications that some or many of the main roles were intended to be cast with white actors, and both films were embroiled in controversy over it, which eventually forced Disney to change its tune when it became clear they couldn't get away with it. With Aladdin
, there's still the problem of Jasmine being sidewashed vis-a-vis British and Indian actress Naomi Scott
, and, somewhat hilariously imo, the snap invention of a "white prince" character for the film which serves no obvious purpose other than to shoehorn in a white actor, which exemplifies how Disney still doesn't get it.
Emma Watson was a great "face" for Belle, but Jesus Christ that singing was god awful. Honestly, Jodi Benson gave Ariel my favorite singing voice of any Disney character, if all I hear is autotune in this new film, I will rage!
I mean, it does kind of speak to the level of creative and professional interest paid to these cash-ins (oops, "adaptations") when they don't even care to cast their most iconic roles with someone capable of performing the part or
take the time to help them develop their skills to a presentable level.
They will never find anybody who can do Jodi Benson justice. There is no possible way. Like that canâ€™t even happen.
That seems far-fetched. If you mean somebody who can replicate her voice and characterization, well, yeah, but that's not the standard to set for a new Ariel.
The standard ought to be someone who can sing the part as well as Jodi Benson did, which is perfectly manageable. It's not a really hard part, Jodi Benson is just a really good singer.
And they could definitely find somebody with a better singing voice if Disney wants to, but Zendaya is hardly as horrible as you are trying to make her come off as. You act like she is the worst person to ever to exist.
I'm not familiar with Zendaya at all, so I won't speak to her skills either way, but I think framing her as an appropriate choice because, "she isn't good, but she's good enough" is kind of insulting to her and to the audience. She should be cast because she's the best possible choice: allowing for the fact that some qualities may outweigh others in considering her for the role.
I guess I just believe that good casting emphasizes an actor's strengths, rather than forcing a production to go out of its way to cover for their insufficiencies (or, worse, asking the audience to ignore them). I also don't really believe in giving the most successful film studio in existence with billions of dollars to throw around on every licensing and merger deal imaginable a lot of leeway.
he may not be jamaican but can we get hannibal burress (or john mulaney) as sebastian
Haha, Burress as Sebastian would be something.
Although now I'm wondering if they'll adapt the animal characters like the furniture in B&tB and make them uncanny and nightmarish. Come to think of it these movies are just really bad ideas, they were animated for a reason lol.
a new narrative and story should encourage new characterizations. like launchpad said, a retread is dumb but its easy for me to say that because the core themes were not important to me like they are for women, gay and trans folk. i feel like they can make a new story from the classic characters without sacrificing thematic importance.
I'm not especially attached to TLM myself, but I do think the story is a little too iconic to remove it entirely from its basic premise. The animation is a significant variation on the Anderson original as it is, though, so I think they have plenty of room to play around with the details. If they keep the musical elements though, it's going to be hard to make it feel like anything other than a retread, I mean you can only add so many ungainly solos to pack the running time. It's been a winning formula for Disney so far, though, so who can blame them.