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‘Cancel the movie’: Sebastian The Crab’s Live Action Look in Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid Divides Internet

'Cancel the movie': Sebastian The Crab's Live Action Look in Halle Bailey's The Little Mermaid Divides Internet

Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has been surrounded with criticism since the studio cast Halle Bailey as the lead of the film. Many were not ready to see a Black person portraying a character that has been represented as white-skinned since the beginning. The criticism only took heights when Disney revealed the first look at Halle Bailey’s Ariel at the 2022 D23 Expo.

The Little Mermaid FandomWire
The Little Mermaid

But many still loved seeing the American singer-actress as Ariel and were excited to see her as a Disney princess. While people were thrilled with the accuracy of Bailey’s character, that may not be the case for other characters in the film.

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The Little Mermaid Revealed Sebastian the Crab’s First Look

Earlier this month Disney released a new promo for its The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation. The teaser gave a look at Halle Bailey’s Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King’s Prince Eric, and Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula.

Ursula and Ariel in The Little Mermaid
Ursula and Ariel in The Little Mermaid

The initial reviews for the film have also been very positive with the lead stars getting praise everywhere. Melissa McCarthy is reportedly the standout in the film, and many even deemed it the “best Disney remake” ever. The studio recently released the official look at another character, Sebastian the Crab, in the live-action adaptation.

Sebastian the Crab had a prominent role in the animated series and film, where he served as an advisor to King Triton and was constantly tasked to look after the King’s youngest daughter, Ariel. While the animated features did have ways to portray the character accordingly, the live-action adaptation seems to have gone all the way with Sebastian, who looks a lot like a real crab.

Sebastian the Crab's first look
Sebastian the Crab’s first look

And given that this is a live-action adaptation, introducing a real crab as Sebastian would make sense. While some understand the reason, others seem to argue against a realistic Sebastian the Crab.

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Internet Divided Over Sebastian the Crab’s Look

People over the internet seem divided over Sebastian the Crab’s look in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Some believed that Sebastian looked too realistic in the live-action adaptation. Many even pointed out that they would not prefer having too realistic “walking mermaid and a sea witch octopus.”

Others compared it with The Lion King remake, saying that The Little Mermaid would face the same criticism as The Lion King remake. People even demanded to straight off cancel the film due to Sebastian the Crab’s look in the film. However, the film still has some support as fans called out trolls for being shocked to see a realistic crab in the live-action adaptation.

Sebastian the Crab is voiced by Daveed Diggs in the upcoming film and fans of the film still have high expectations from Disney’s live-action adaptation. It has been getting mostly positive reviews followed by its recent test screenings.

The Little Mermaid is set to release on 26 May 2023.

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.