If you were hoping to find a cheerful story about true love between a mermaid and a human, chances are Sofia Coppola's vision for a live action version of The Little Mermaid is not for you. It is a far cry from the beloved 1989 Disney film. Well, you're not alone, because Funny or Die thinks so, too! This latest sketch from Funny or Die, starring AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries) as Ariel and Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Prince Eric, is a spoof on her directing style and hints at what is widely expected from Coppola.
From the start, it is obvious Coppola wants to recreate the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, and not just retell the Disney version. The Mary Sue wrote an editorial piece about the news back in March, where the writer complained about a revamp of the Disney film. I hope people realize that the fairy tale has been around much longer than 1989, and the original story is actually quite dark. The Little Mermaid (Ariel is Disney's name for her), makes a deal with a sea witch for legs and when her prince falls for another, she's told she has to kill him or she herself will die.
I for one am always a fan of different versions of beloved fairy tales. I don't think any new version will take away from previous versions and considering The Little Mermaid helped re-popularize Disney animated features, I seriously doubt that any new version of the tale will take away from the childhood favorite. But the sketch is good for a laugh.
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