Under the Sea With Shaggy and John Stamos: The Little Mermaid Live Open Thread

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Yes, a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is in development, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, but first, you have to live through The Little Mermaid Live, an ABC special airing tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC. Queen Latifah plays Ursula, John Stamos is in a role he was born to play—a French crab chef—and Shaggy looks more like Eddie Murphy in Delirious than Sebastian.


The format for the show is, uh, different than the other live specials. Queen Latifah told Good Morning America, “They’re going to literally show the movie in front of a live audience of at least 500 people. And then when it comes to musical performances, it’s going to cut to the live performance of those songs and then it’ll go back into the movie and the audience will take part in it and be participants in the actual performance of it... They’ll be under the sea with us.”

Yes, we will. Let’s talk about it.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Curious Squid

Oh, that’s disappointing. I thought it was going to be a live performance of the stage musical where they all go around on roller skates to look like they’re moving through the water. XD

They did another “play the movie with live songs” version of this at the Hollywood Bowl a few years ago. Sara Bareilles was Ariel, Rebel Wilson was Ursula, and I’m pretty sure Stamos did the Le Poisson song for that one too.