The latest footage from Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid allows spectators to hear the contentious new song, The Scuttlebutt, for the first time. Many will undoubtedly be sorry. The Scuttlebutt, produced by Walt Disney Studios and starring Awkwafina as Scuttle and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, is instantly identifiable as the creation of Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda. If you dare, watch the new Disney Released Scuttlebutt Rap From The Little Mermaid video below.
#1. Disney Released Scuttlebutt Rap From The Little Mermaid!
Disney's track record in developing original tunes that are catchy and downright unforgettable is unrivaled. We don't have to tell you that. You most likely grew up listening to these tunes. Either that, or you fell in love with them when Disney Channel stars like Ashley Tisdale made ear-splitting pop-rock interpretations of them in the early 2000s while dressed in the ugliest attire you've ever seen for some compilation CD collecting dust in your parents' cellar.
The Scuttlebutt, one of four new songs featured in The Little Mermaid, is made up of the type of fast-paced rap sections for which Miranda has become renowned. Scuttle, Awkwafina's gannet, is heard in the song telling Halle Bailey's Ariel about Prince Eric. Rap style.
The song is another of Disney's recent collaborations with Lin-Manuel Miranda, following Moana and Encanto. However, while the music in both of those films was well-received (even garnering Academy Award nominations for songwriter), The Scuttlebutt has been panned by critics, with many calling it awkward and out of place.
Even Awkwafina was dubious about the song's inclusion. While she thought it was "so cool" and an "honor" to play a song written by Miranda for her character, she did worry, "'Are you sure you even want to do this?" But then I thought to myself, 'At the end of the day if it doesn't work, you don't have to use it.'"
So, what are your thoughts on The Scuttlebutt? Is the popularity deserved? Or does it fit in with Disney's current take on the story of The Little Mermaid?
#2. Critics and audiences alike have praised The Little Mermaid!
The legendary story of Ariel, a beautiful and vibrant little mermaid with a zest for adventure, is retold in The Little Mermaid. Ariel, the youngest and most defiant of King Triton's daughters, longs to learn more about the world beyond the water and, when visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While it is unlawful for mermaids to mingle with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She strikes a pact with the evil sea witch Ursula, who allows her to experience life on land but eventually jeopardizes her life - and her father's crown.
While the reception to The Scuttlebutt song has been overwhelmingly negative, the overall reaction to The Little Mermaid has been quite the contrary. On the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film presently has a 67% approval rating from critics and a 95% approval rating from consumers, with the consensus stating, "With Halle Bailey making a major splash in the title role, Disney's live-action Little Mermaid ranks among the studio's most enjoyable reimaginings."
The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay written by David Magee and starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, is currently in cinemas.
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