When it comes to Disney Princess stories, Ariel’s is quite baffling for the average land dweller. Why in the world would she want to leave her underwater land with fun fish and riches to come live among humans? Generally speaking, our world (and we, tbh) kind of suck. But Halle Bailey, a sweetheart and literal musical princess among us, can convince us to believe anything. That’s why we will be first in line to watch the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. For now, we can enjoy Halle Bailey’s full take on “Part of Your World,” performed at Disneyland, as well as an incredible trailer for The Little Mermaid.
It gives us goosebumps; truly this new version of “Part of Your World” brings us right into the heart of the story. And seeing the performance at Disneyland makes everything even sweeter. We love hearing this rendition, both familiar and novel. The full The Little Mermaid soundtrack releases on releases May 19.
For even more of Bailey’s incredible voice, you can also take a look at the heartfelt trailer that recently released.
Like with “Part of Your World,” we all know this story well and recognize many beats here. However, there’s something truly magical about seeing it transpire with real people, especially Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy as Ariel and Ursula, respectively. In The Little Mermaid trailer, Ariel and her father, King Triton, find themselves at odds. Why? Well, she breaks a cardinal rule when she swims to the surface to help a drowning man. Of course, that guy isn’t just any regular dude. He’s Prince Eric, a man who is charming enough that he can woo a mermaid by simply looking her in the eyes. Now Ariel’s curiosity about humans and the above world is stronger, leading her to make a deal with Ursula. And, well, you know what happens next.
It’s truly magical (and, for me, tear-inducing) to hear Halle triumphantly sing that she will be part of that world one day. A perfect choice for Ariel, indeed. The Little Mermaid also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian, Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder, Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina, Art Malik as Sir Grimsby and Javier Bardem as King Triton.
The Little Mermaid hits theaters on May 26.
Originally published March 13, 2023.