A new one The little Mermaid clip gives Sebastian his best showcase yet with a snippet of his iconic song “Under the Sea”. Starring pop singer Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid princess Ariel, the 2023 live-action adaptation is based on the 1989 classic of the same name, which in turn was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s 1837 fairy tale. Speculating and Hamilton star Daveed Diggs portrays the little crab, a loyal servant to King Triton (Javier Bardem) and musical composer for the king’s court.
Entertainment tonight recently delivered a new clip from Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid remake that brings Sebastian center stage. Check out the video below:
In an attempt to convince Ariel not to venture into the surface world, Sebastian sings “Under the Sea,” a delicious calypso tune with lyrics that highlight the beauty of life beneath the waves. However, Sebastian finds himself alone when Ariel quietly escapes his friend in the middle of the song.
How Sebastian has changed in The Little Mermaid Remake
Early reactions for The little Mermaid have been largely positive, pointing to outstanding performances by Bailey and Melissa McCarthy. However, some have criticized the film’s use of CGI, calling its visual effects subpar, while specifically targeting both Sebastian and Flounder’s (Jacob Tremblay) unsettling new appearances. Tremblay recently defended the remake’s Flounder redesign, stating that “it works perfectly.“
Originally conceived as a British lobster butler, Sebastian in the 1989s The little Mermaid won over the audience with his playful demeanor and catchy singing. His body was transformed from a lifelike crab appearance to one with a more anthropomorphic face. The character’s design was perfect for a Disney animated film, but can look far too unrealistic when directly translated to live-action Little Mermaid.
Viewers expressed similar concerns regarding Simba’s appearance in Lions Kings 2019 remake, and even had talented artists use digital tools to revamp the new character models to match the original animated counterparts. However, audiences seem to have grown to appreciate Lions Kings new look that promises Sebastian’s live-action appearance. With The little Mermaid releasing in theaters this month, time will soon tell what the ultimate consensus is.
The Little Mermaid (1989)