ABC Cancels Fall Plans for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live

ABC will not move forward with its planned October 3 live television musical event The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live, according to USA Today. Sources close to the project said budget constraints prompted the network to “quietly postpone,” or most likely cancel the two-hour special that would have combined the 1989 animated film with live musical performances from celebrity artists performing songs from the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman score.

Casting had not been announced, but sources told USA Today that sets for the special were already being built and rehearsals were slated to begin shortly.

ABC released a statement in response to the story, saying, “We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special. We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.”

In its May 16 announcement of The Little Mermaid Live, the network said the special would use cutting edge technology to deliver a “never-before-seen live action/animation hybrid television experience.”

Disney is still moving forward with its major motion picture live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which will feature additional material from Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Menken.

The October 3 television special was inspired by the celebrity-studded concerts that took place at the Hollywood Bowl last year. The cast included Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian the Crab, Darren Criss as Prince Eric, Rebel Wilson as Ursula the Sea Witch, Norm Lewis repeating his Broadway role as King Triton, Joshua Colley as Flounder, and John Stamos as Chef Louis.

From Playbill

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Alan Menken to Score Live-Action Little Mermaid

With so many of Disney’s live-action fairy tales being successful, it’s actually surprising how many of them still haven’t been officially announced. However, we can now reduce that number by one. A live-action The Little Mermaid is on the way, and it’s bringing along some musical heavy hitters. Alan Menken, the man who scored the original Disney animated hit will be returning, and alongside him will be Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

This news is a one-two punch that will likely make Disney fans, and musical fans in general, incredibly excited. Alan Menken won two Academy Awards for his work on the 1989 animated feature, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is the hottest thing on Broadway, and possibly in all of music, right now. This is the third Disney project that Miranda has become part of. The writer and singer contributed to the music in Disney’s newest princess feature, Moana, and he’s also set to co-star alongside Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. As Deadline points out, the actor has an abiding love for this property. He named his own son Sebastian, after the crab from the original film.

While details are scarce, the word is that Lin-Manuel Miranda will supervise the story, though he won’t be writing the film. Bringing in Miranda certainly makes a statement that the live-action The Little Mermaid will be a full musical, more like the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, and less like Maleficent. It would also appear that with both Alan Menken and Miranda on board, the plan will be to combine some new music alongside the old classics. We can also guess the old favorites getting a bit of Lin-Manuel polish. We can only image what “Under the Sea” will sound like in this new film.

Since The Little Mermaid doesn’t have a writer yet, we can assume it will be awhile before things get moving on the project. As it stands, Disney has announced a slew of live-action fairy tale movies, and also a number of release dates for those films, however, thus far only next year’s Beauty and the Beast actually has a set release date. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess which movie Disney is planning for which date. Mermaid could grab any existing date, or get another one added to the calendar, depending on how quickly the studio plans to move.

It appears that Lin-Manuel Miranda is planning on hanging around the Disney lot for the long term. What do you think of him becoming part of the Walt Disney Company’s talent pool? From here it looks like a perfect match. We’ll get our first taste of the collaboration with Moana is released November 23.

From CinemaBlend

An Afternoon Under the Sea: Celebrating 25 Years of The Little Mermaid


Event Date: Saturday, November 15

Location: The Walt Disney Studios

In 1989, Disney made its first animated musical fairytale since Sleeping Beauty, and it became a cultural phenomenon, jump-starting what many fans call “The Second Golden Age of Animation.” It’s been 25 years since audiences first met Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, and Sebastian, and to celebrate, D23 Members are invited to an afternoon under the sea to experience the film with its creators, and take home a little piece of its history.

Take a seat in the historic Walt Disney Studios Main Theatre, and don’t worry about needing a snack: Each ticket includes a bottle of water and popcorn to enjoy during our screening of the film on the big screen. The film’s directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, will make a special appearance to discuss the creation of The Little Mermaid, and take a look back at 25 years of it being part of our world.

To commemorate the occasion, every guest in attendance will receive a limited-edition reproduction of a color model cel from the film, straight from Disney’s Animation Research Library. This will not be sold in stores, and is being created especially for D23 Members and their guests at this event.

Guests will also have the opportunity to shop at the Disney Studio Store and purchase items only available on the Studio Lot!

Available Exclusively to Gold and Silver Members

You will be required to show your D23 membership card.


Commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary with a screening at The Walt Disney Studios, a discussion with directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and a limited-edition gift!


$30 per person. Tickets available October 24 at 10 a.m. PT, please check here for the link.


Screening begins at 2 p.m., please arrive at The Walt Disney Studios to check in no earlier than 1 p.m.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Members may reserve a space for themselves and one (1) guest. There are a limited number of spaces available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving a space. Entrance may be provided only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Walt Disney Records Announces The Legacy Collection

The Legacy Collection

Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp(60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Lion King (20th), and Toy Story (20th), among others.

Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will get a chance to hear some of the music before it’s released during the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration roadshow, which will tour the country later this year, and D23 Members have the opportunity to purchase the complete collection with a special set of exclusive prints at a special price.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (TangledWinnie the PoohWreck-It Ralph). The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney’s rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

The 2014 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• The Lion King, June 24, 2014
• Mary Poppins, August 26, 2014
• Sleeping Beauty, October 7, 2014
• The Little Mermaid, November 17, 2014

The 2015 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• Fantasia, January 3, 2015
• Pinocchio, February 3, 2015
• Toy Story, March 17, 2015
• Disneyland, April 7, 2015 
• Lady and the Tramp, May 12, 2015
• Pocahontas, June 23, 2015 
• The Aristocats, August 14, 2015
• Cinderella, August 14, 2015

The first release in the series is The Lion King, a two-disc set featuring the original motion picture soundtrack, 30 minutes of previously unreleased score, plus liner notes by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Track list follows:

Disc One
1. “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo
2. “Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score
3. “We Are All Connected” Score
4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score
5. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score
7. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score
8. “Be Prepared” Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
9. “Simba, It’s to Die For” Score
10. “Stampede” Score
11. “Mufasa Dies” Score
12. “If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You” Score
13. “Bowling for Buzzards” Score
14. “Hakuna Matata” Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
15. “We Gotta Bone to Pick With You” Score
16. “Kings of the Past” Score
17. “Nala, Is It Really You?” Score
18. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
19. “Remember Who You Are” Score
20. “This Is My Home” Score
21. “The Rightful King” Score

Disc Two
1. “The Morning Report” Performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo
2. “Warthog Rhapsody” Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
3. “We Are All Connected” Score Demo
4. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score Demo
5. “Stampede” Score Demo
6. “Mufasa Dies” Score Demo
7. “This Is My Home” Score Demo
8. “The Rightful King” Score Demo
9. “Circle of Life” Instrumental Demo
10. “Circle of Life” Performed by Elton John
11. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Elton John
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (End Title) Performed by Elton John