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    "The Little Mermaid" Trailer Made Me So Excited To See Halle Bailey As Ariel, So Here's Each Disney Princess Animated Vs. Live Action Vs. Broadway

    While we wait for The Little Mermaid remake to come out, let's take a look at how our favorite Disney princesses were portrayed over the years. 👀

    The trailer for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey recently dropped this month — and let me tell you, I CANNOT wait to see this movie!

    closeup of Halle as Ariel

    I still have chills hearing the incredibly talented Halle singing "Part of Your World" in the teaser. And I've been touched by the reactions of young Black girls seeing themselves represented on screen as Halle plays the first Black Ariel.

    close up of Halle at the D23 expo

    So, while we wait for this highly anticipated remake, here's a look back at how each Disney princess has been portrayed in their animated film, the live-action remake, and on Broadway.

    1. First up, of course, is The Little Mermaid. Here's the 1989 animated film with Ariel, voiced by Jodi Benson:

    Ariel swimming

    Here's Princess Ariel, played by Halle Bailey in the live-action adaptation which comes out May 2023:

    closeup of Halle looking up as she sings

    Here's Sierra Boggess — who played Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway — performing a scene from the musical at the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in 2008:

    Sierra singing on stage with a large mermaid tail behind her

    And here's a side-by-side of all three:

    all the ariels

    2. Here's the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast, with Princess Belle, voiced by Paige O'Hara:

    belle in a gown

    Here's Belle, played by Emma Watson, in the 2017 live-action adaptation:

    emma dancing in a gown

    Here's Sarah Litzsinger as Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast in 2002:

    Sarah on stage in a large gown

    And here's a side-by-side of all three:

    all of the belles

    3. Here's Princess Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin, in the 1992 animated movie, Aladdin:

    Jasmine singing in her two piece

    Here's Naomi Scott as Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation:

    closeup of Naomi wearing a lot of jewels to match her dress

    Here's Courtney Reed as Jasmine in Aladdin on Broadway in 2014:

    Courtney in a bedazzled dress and crown on stage

    And here's a side-by-side of them all:

    all of the jasmines

    4. Here's Cinderella, voiced by Ilene Woods, in the 1950 animated movie, Cinderella:

    Cinderella entering the ball in a gown

    Here's Cinderella, played by Lily James, in the 2015 live-action adaptation:

    Lily entering a ball in a large gown

    And we can't forget the classic 1997 Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella movie starring Brandy as Cinderella:

    Brandy smiling in a gown with gloves and a crown

    Now, here's Laura Osnes as Cinderella backstage at Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway in 2013:

    Laura in a gown and crown

    And here's all our Cinderellas together:

    all the cinderellas

    Unfortunately, not all Disney princess movies have been adapted for the big stage ~and~ a live-action movie YET — but here's some side-by-sides for the ones that have already been adapted for Broadway OR live-action.

    5. Here's Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, in the 2013 animated film, Frozen:

    Elsa in a sparkly dress and large braid

    Frozen currently doesn't have a live-action movie remake — but here's Georgina Haig as Elsa in Season 4 of the TV series, Once Upon a Time, for a Frozen-inspired crossover:

    Georgina in a long dress and large braid

    Here's Caissie Levy as Elsa in the Broadway musical, Frozen, in 2018:

    Caissie in a long flowy dress and large braid on stage

    And here's a side-by-side of all three:

    all the elsas

    6. Here’s Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, in the 2009 animated film, The Princess and the Frog:

    Tiana working in a diner

    While we currently don’t have Tiana on Broadway or in a live-action movie remake, here’s Mekia Cox as Tiana (or “Sabine”) in Season 7 of Once Upon a Time:

    close up of Mekia in an apron

    And here’s the two side-by-side:

    the two Tianas

    7. Here's Mulan, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, in the 1998 animated film, Mulan:

    Mulan holding a wrapped up sword

    Here's Yifei Liu as Mulan in the 2020 live-action adaptation:

    Yifei swinging a sword

    And here's the two side-by-side:

    the two mulans

    8. And finally, here's Princess Aurora, voiced by Mary Costa, in the 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty:

    Aurora holding a bird on her finger

    Here's Elle Fanning as Aurora in Maleficent, the 2014 live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty:

    closeup of Elle with a hood over her head in the woods

    Here's the two side-by-side:

    the two sleeping beauties

    WELL. Now I'm even more excited for The Little Mermaid and all the Disney remakes to come!

    Which adaptations have you seen? Which live-action Disney remakes would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below!