Police Call ‘Little Mermaid’ CGI A Crime, Reveal They Don’t Know What Real Flounder Look Like

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Yesterday Disney dropped the first official character posters for some of Ariel’s animal companions in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which is only about one month from hitting theaters. The internet, in true internet fashion, quickly expressed their hate. Specifically, people hated the CGI versions of Sebastian the crab, Scuttle the seagull, and worst of all Flounder.

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People complained of “flashbacks” to The Lion King (2019) live-action remake, and the general feeling that the new CGI renditions did not resemble the animated characters closely enough. Poor Flounder has been getting the most hate of all. He’s been called “scary,” compared to Steve Buscemi, accused of getting buccal fat removal, and called a “crime” by a legitimate police department in Texas.

Flounder kinda looks like steve buscemi idk

Yes this is a crime- we’re just trying to find out which one

What is up with the realism

Halle Bailey will have to give Flounder some tips on how to deal with the backlash because the world is ruthless. But they are also wildly uninformed. Does anyone know what an ACTUAL, real, live flounder from the literal ocean looks like?? Because it is not cute! Prepare yourself for the truth, because the cute yellow chubby animated flounder was all a lie. Below is what a real flounder looks like!

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You want to talk about realism? THIS is realism. The animators who worked on the upcoming The Little Mermaid did audiences a favor by designing the character closer to the original animation than to what a live-action Flounder might realistically look like. Talk about terrifying.

The real truth is that Ariel’s Flounder is not actually a flounder at all. He is not technically based on any specific type of fish, but more closely resembles a tropical fish. Based on the CGI design choices and the overall effort to create characters realistic to life, it seems the film’s production team modeled the new Flounder after a fish called the convict tang.

Convict Tang fish

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Some people were behind Flounder’s design and thought he was cute! Look at that little face.

Y’all are ridiculous, it’s a fish, he looks great.

Flounder is voiced by actor Jacob Tremblay. The Little Mermaid will be in theaters May 26 and stars Hailey Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, Javier Bardem, Awkwafina, and more!

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!