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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 <i>The Little Mermaid</i> remake to come out, let's take a look at how our favorite Disney princesses were portrayed over the years. 👀

“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

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!

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

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And here’s all our Cinderellas together:

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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:

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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:

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

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

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

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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:

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And here’s the two side-by-side:

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

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

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There’s currently no Broadway Mulan, but fingers crossed it happens soon!

And here’s the two side-by-side:

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

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

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We also don’t have a Broadway Aurora yet. 💔

Here’s the two side-by-side:

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

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

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