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‘Why did they make The Little Mermaid so gloomy?”: Fans Claim Disney Intentionally Screwed Up Halle Bailey Movie’s Color Tone So That People Will Hate It

Disney Intentionally Screwed Up Halle Bailey Movie's Color Tone So That People Will Hate It

Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid is set to release in May of 2023. They just released its first teaser and it already raised a lot of opinions and views. Currently, social media is already abuzz regarding the movie’s color tone and the use of extensive cold colors and blue scale rather than warmer tones.

The Little Mermaid Sing-Along was released in 1989.
The Little Mermaid Sing-Along was released in 1989.

Fans say that the movie seems to look gloomy because of the increased cold tones giving it a very saddening outlook, rather than the lively story that we have always known it to be.

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Disney Wants The Little Mermaid To Fail

Fans claim that the intentional use of a depressing color scale is because Disney wants to sabotage its own film and wants the people to hate it instead. The colors have been largely muted and for a kid’s film, it does not look as chirpy as it should.

Some fans even mocked it to be a Zack Snyder film because of the aura it gives out. The music too doesn’t seem to fit the tone of the movie. Their focus on realism over artistic direction may be messing with some Disney classics with The Little Mermaid not being the only one to go through this.

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Other Movies That Changed Their Tone

Another example of the same would be the live-action version of The Lion King. Their ideal focus on realism seems to get in the way of their color palettes. A movie about the jungle and the lions seemed bland and lifeless.

The Little Mermaid too, a movie about mermaids and the underwater world, a world full of colors and vibrant discoveries lacks this aspect and instead gives the movie a more depressing tone to it. Some people compared it to the color schemes of horror movies and even said that it felt like one.

The Little Mermaid Turning The Opposite Of Vibrant

Focusing on the colors of Ariel herself, a mermaid with fiery red hair and a sparkling green tail, the mermaid princess stands out in her own way with all the colors she can pull off. However, with the tones set in the movie, none of those seem as special as they actually are.

The Little Mermaid Ariel Mother
Young Ariel With Her Mother

Ariel’s unique design as well as her home in the ocean seems dull and lifeless in the cold colors they are presented in. Halle Bailey‘s portrayal of Ariel is in a kid’s movie with so much life and rhythm in it, but with the color schemes used within the movie and the cameras, this sense of liveliness gets extracted, and with it the essence of the movie itself.

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Source: Twitter

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.