The moment everyone was waiting for happened. On Friday, during Disney’s D23 Expo, director Rob Marshall and the studio debuted the teaser for the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
The internet went wild with multiple social media and trailer reactions that highlighted star Halle Bailey’s voice and look at Ariel. According to Variety, the teaser earned over 104 million global views. The clip takes viewers on a journey through the ocean before showing the shimmering underwater life of Ariel, who teases her version of the iconic “Little Mermaid” song “Part of Your World,” fans in attendance, including The DisInsider were treated to the full sequence to the iconic song.
The Little Mermaid beat out recent Disney live-action titles, including Cruella (68 million views), Beauty and the Beast (94 million views), Aladdin (74 million views), and Maleficent 2 (62 million views). It should also be noted, due to the Queen’s passing this weekend, metrics for the U.K., Ireland, and Australia were not included.
The teaser also claimed Reddit’s No. 1 trending topic on Friday night and is currently the No. 1 trending video on YouTube’s “Movies” section. Reposted versions of the trailer occupy the No. 2 and 3 slots.
Featuring fan-favorite songs plus four new songs penned by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the feature film also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkafina as Scuttle, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Javier Bardem as Triton. The Little Mermaid swims onto the big screen next summer.