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The Little Mermaid Trailer: Twitter Is Split On Wanting To Be Part Of That World

Just because a film is born out of the childhood delight of a Disney classic doesn't mean it is immune to discourse. The same goes for "The Little Mermaid," which finally debuted an official trailer at the Oscars. Introduced by stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, viewers got a glimpse into the powerhouse singing and underwater visuals of the upcoming live-action film. But in a not-so-shocking turn of events, Twitter soon became a battleground for a variety of reactions to the new trailer. Even something as tame as a Disney property can send the world into a flurry of dissenting opinions, and the singing, love-lorn mermaid is somehow fodder for the most vitriolic viewers.

"Hard pass, another woke movie?. How much money you guys have to lose until you get it???" posted @ROOR0101. Bailey is no stranger to racist backlash which is, unfortunately, the reality any time a property pushes for inclusion. Other commenters were slightly more eloquent, instead giving the film back-handed compliments.

"Nothing against the performers but this looks like yet another lazily-directed live action adaptation," @TheZaius remarked. "Special effects aside, it's probably going to look like something that should be straight to DVD... or VOD." Negativity is hard to avoid in the world of Twitter, but there are at least some things fans are looking forward to when "The Little Mermaid" premieres.

It's hard to dislike Melissa McCarthy

The live-action remake trend that Hollywood is going through may appeal to the nostalgia in our hearts, but it can also be a double-edged sword. Disney aficionados seem wary of "The Little Mermaid" because of being burned by adaptations of beloved films in the past.

"We ALL know it's gonna be bad," @Gen_Smasher replied to the trailer, "but I just hope it's not as bad as live-action Mulan was." Unlike the recent "Mulan" film that had no songs, "The Little Mermaid" at the very least has the original music from the 1989 film — and some new surprises from Lin-Manuel Miranda. But more than anything, the internet seemed to be unanimous in the shining outlier in the trailer. It may not seem enough to completely convince fans that "The Little Mermaid" will be better than its forebears, but everyone still wants to be on board for Melissa McCarthy.

"Eh...not gonna lie, I am really not all that excited to see another remake of the movie which I am tired of seeing. The one thing I am very impressed is Melissa McCarthy as Ursula looks great!" @NightmareRose11 posted. McCarthy's cackle as the villainous octopus woman, Ursula, is just a brief taste of what Ariel (Halle Bailey) will have to contend with. And finally, we got to see the trademark tentacles in all their glory. Twitter user @hugeasmammoth_ summed it up best, stating: "I'm excited to see what Melissa McCarthy does with Ursula. I know it'll be camp!"