Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The Little Mermaid's FIRST Live-Action Movie Appearance...

We presented a Little Mermaid comic book tale HERE...

...which was an adaptation of this live-action performance in a 1952 movie...
...about the (fictionalized) life of the fairy tale's writer, Hans Christian Andersen!
In the big-budget flick, Danny Kaye plays Hans, who becomes obsessed with a married ballerina who constantly squabbles with her spouse (also a dancer in the company) and pens "The Little Mermaid" in reaction to what he's witnessed!
Though most of the fairy tales are performed as songs Danny sings to kids, the Little Mermaid is performed as a ballet!
To add "swimming" special effects "magic" to the dancing, it was decided that, rather than presenting it as an actual ballet, they had Hans imagine how it would look!
This allowed them to do things on-screen with wires and optical effects which would've be impossible to show on a live-theatre stage.
The comic book, as shown HERE, did a straightforward adaptation of the fairy tale without the ballet.
See the new live-action Little Mermaid feature film from Disney
which opens this Friday in theatres!