Not even Ursula wants this actress’s vocals…
The Little Mermaid live-action movie is just days away from hitting theatres in the United States, and excitement is high. Fans have been waiting for this film for years, and the wait will finally be over on May 26, 2023. The film stars Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. Fans have high expectations for what this all-star cast will bring to the screens in the new live-action rendition.
One of the most important elements of The Little Mermaid is the incredible score by Alan Menken. Lin Manuel Miranda gave additional lyrics for the new film. With a score as iconic as this one, there are some big expectations vocally. Unfortunately, one actress in the film majorly missed the mark.
A Big Misstep for the Live-Action Remake
The original animated film, released in 1989, was a critical and commercial success. It won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Song (“Under the Sea”) and Best Original Score. The film’s success spawned a Broadway adaptation, as well as numerous spinoffs and sequels. This has made the expectations high for this new live-action film.
When it was first announced that Awkwafina would join the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, excitement was high amongst her fans. The rapper-turned-actress had won over audiences with her comedic timing in films like Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8, and her involvement in the beloved classic seemed like a perfect fit. However, the newly released musical album has left many fans feeling less than satisfied.
Awkwafina Receives Harsh Feedback
The new album features a new song for Scuttle called “The Scuttlebut,” and it is safe to say that it is not well received by fans. The song’s YouTube comment section is filled with people discussing how bad the vocals are. People have also taken to TikTok and Twitter to share their thoughts.
Hopefully, her acting skills will win over audiences when the film is fully released on May 26.