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Sofia Coppola Exits ‘The Little Mermaid’
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Sofia Coppola

Last year it was announced that Sofia Coppola was on board to direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid over at Universal. Since then, news on the production of the film has been slow going, to a point where many had forgotten about the project. Well now comes word that Coppola is dropping out due to “creative differences” and “casting issues.”

Both Deadline cited the creative differences, while Variety says there was a disagreement with casting. According to them, the Lost In Translation director wanted Maya Thurman Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, to play the role of Ariel. This choice did not sit well with Universal and Working Title. Joe Wright (Pan, Anna Karenina) was actually on the shortlist of possible directors, but he is currently in talks to direct The Lifeboat, which is another project over at Focus Features (Universal’s indie company) and Working Title.

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Disney In Depth: 25 Best Disney Animated Film Voice Artists (Part 3)
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What do Jodi Benson, Jim Cummings, and Patrick Warburton have in common? They’re some of the greatest individuals to lend their voices to Disney animated films!

This final portion of my list of the 25 Best Disney Animated Film Voice Artists includes an eclectic mix of actors and actresses responsible for performing the studio’s most iconic characters. If you missed them, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 first!

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Disney In Depth: 25 Ways To Celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’
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Twenty-five years ago, one teenage character helped revive the Disney animation brand. Thanks to the success and quality of The Little Mermaid, an enduring title in the Disney library, animated films gained mainstream attention after years of disappointments by various studios. The movie’s significance in multiple genres (animation, musicals, coming-of-age) and its ability to win over audiences worldwide was something to celebrate.

In celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary, it is imperative that any Disney or Mermaid fan follows one of these steps to honor Ariel, Sebastian, and the clan.

Here are 25 Ways To Celebrate The Little Mermaid.

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Disney In Depth: 8 Awesome Disney Flash Mob Videos
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The Oxford Dictionary defines a flash mob as “a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse.” While these acts seemed to be all the rage a few years ago, they still remain popular for their originality and entertainment value. Disney enters the picture when you consider how many individuals set their YouTube flash mob videos to Disney music – or, in some cases, within the Disney parks themselves.

Here are eight awesome flash mob videos that will make you want to get on your feet and join in!

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Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ To Be Directed By Sofia Coppola
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Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

Back in 2010 we found out about a new live-action movie adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Little Mermaid being developed by Atonement and Hanna director Joe Wright for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films.

Much time has passed and and Wright is no longer attached, but now a new director has stepped in. It’s being reported that Sofia Coppola, writer and director of Lost in Translation (which she won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for), will now direct the movie.

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Geek Gear: The Little Mermaid Meets Doctor Who In ‘Part of Every World’
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The $11 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is called “Part of Every World” by khallion and is inspired by Doctor Who and The Little Mermaid.

The sale began at Teefury today, Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site for $11 anymore, though it will continue into the next day for $14 (look for the After Hours bar at the top).

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What The Disney Princesses Look Like Wearing Their Princes’ Clothing
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The Disney Princesses In Their Princes' Clothing

One of the perks of being a Disney Princess is that at some point, there’s likely to be a gorgeous gown to wear that everyone will admire. Not much attention is paid to what their Princes are wearing, though.

Now, artist Haruki Godo has taken the Disney Princesses and put them in the clothes of their respective Princes. For instance, in Godo’s reimagining, Ariel of The Little Mermaid is wearing Prince Eric’s military uniform; Jasmine from Aladdin is in Aladdin’s princely duds, and then there’s my favorite, Belle from Beauty and the Beast sporting The Beast’s famous blue and gold attire.

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D23 Expo: Alan Menken Live: Medleys Of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin’ (Video)
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Legendary Disney musical talents Alan Menken and Richard Sherman performed dozens of songs last night from their library during “The Disney Songbook” concert at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Sherman played a handful of hits.

I’ll be sharing videos of some of those tunes in a future post but for now, here are some of Alan Menken’s musical medleys of songs from Oscar-winning features The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

Enjoy!

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Geek Gear: Doctor Who/The Little Mermaid ‘Part of Every World’ Shirt
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Doctor Who Little Mermaid Part of Every World Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a mash-up of The Little Mermaid and Doctor Who called “Part of Every World” by Khallion.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Monday, November 12, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL) and women’s sizes for $10 each in royal blue. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddlers in various shades of blue); Onesies are $18 (in powder blue); Hoodie for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in royal blue). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and the State Of Disney Animation
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Wreck-It Ralph smashed box office records for a Disney animated film in its opening weekend, and won over critics and audiences no less. With its creativity, heart and passionate storytelling, Wreck-It Ralph signals Walt Disney Animation Studios is back in the game, so to speak. This edition of Disney In Depth will explore what has led up to this new hit for the studio, as well as what awaits.

Many individuals say the Disney Renaissance began with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, with following entries Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King reaching even greater heights – everyone seems to leave out the forgotten The Rescuers Down Under. Regardless, this represented a period of unparalleled imagination and inspiration within the studio, continuing for several years to follow. Then came the slump. Audiences were no longer interested in musicals, so it seemed, and Disney animation switched gears into the sci-fi realm with productions like Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet. Computer animation emerged, and with that advent Disney entered the new arena with misses like Chicken Little and the awkward-yet-smart Meet the Robinsons. None of these performed all that wonderfully. It had appeared as though Disney lost its touch. But the studio had some exciting developments up their sleeve.

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