‘The Little Mermaid’ Ending Explained — What Happens to Ariel?

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for The Little MermaidAs a famous crustacean once said, “The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake,” and so is all the money that Disney’s 2023 live-action remake of The Little Mermaid made in its theatrical run.

While many of Disney’s live-action updates of their classic animated films including Tim Burton’s Dumbo from 2019 with Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell, Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio with Tom Hanks, and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie (the beloved character made famous by Robin Williams) have been extremely hit-and-miss, Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid has been praised by critics as one of the better remakes from Disney.

Not only are there some great vibrant visuals that stay true to the original, but the movie is also packed with outstanding performances, including a flawlessly cast Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and a sensational breakout role for Halle Bailey as Ariel.

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