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The Wonderful World Of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cheesy, watered down performance of popular animated film.

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This larger-than-life musical extravaganza attempts to deliver all the spectacle that Disney is known for by combining film, live action, puppetry, aerial stunts, and special effects. However, most of the show isn't live, and viewers spend most of the two-hour event watching the original Disney film. The live cast delivers some solid (if not always perfect) singing performances, but transitioning to them in-between film scenes is sometimes a little jarring. There are some creative attempts at simulating the events that take place underseas, but the costumes and stage props lack the sophistication one would expect from a show of this magnitude. But there are some fun moments, like when John Stamos breaks character while playing Chef Louis, and when Queen Latifah ​​​​​takes Ursula's sassy movements to a new level. The movie's multigenerational fans will enjoy singing along to the live performances of the film's most iconic songs, but The Little Mermaid Live feels watered down, and falls short of being magical.

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