Jodi Benson Believes Halle Bailey Made a Splash
Last weekend, the D23 Expo made quite a few exciting announcements and reveals. Among those reveals included a first look at Halle Bailey as Ariel from Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid. The video earned over 104 million global views, and Jodi Benson believes Halle Baily made a splash!
Part of Halle’s World
Here is a video of the viral performance and teaser trailer! The 104 million views came from social media platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.
The clip became Reddit’s number one trending topic Friday night. In addition, it is the number one trending video on YouTube under the movie section. Truly, it is quite impressive!
'The Little Mermaid' Teaser With Halle Bailey Scores 104 Million Views | Variety https://t.co/9rBJJf3oon
— Asad Ayaz (@asadayaz) September 12, 2022
Celebrities including Zendaya, Halle Berry, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Nicki Minaj, and Amanda Gorman gave the teaser trailer high praise. However, none was more meaningful than the praise from Jodi Benson.
Jodi Benson’s Approval
As you may know, Jodi Benson is the original voice of Ariel in the 1989 animated film. So, when she described Halle as having a “beautiful performance,” it surely was an exciting day for her successor.
Mermaids supporting mermaids: original Ariel voice actress Jodi Benson praised Halle Bailey's performance in the upcoming 'The Little Mermaid' live-action. https://t.co/Oua1Adv5oo
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 12, 2022
Benson wrote, “Halle, you were absolutely amazing! I’m SO proud of you and your beautiful performance as Ariel!” Then, she commented to Rob Marshall, saying, “I’m so thankful of our friendship of over 35 years. Thank you for creating such a stunning film!”
Of course, Halle Baily re-shared Jodi Benson’s comments on her Instagram Story. Therefore, Bailey wrote that Benson’s praise “means the world to me coming from you. You made Ariel magical for us.”
Indeed, she did! The 1989 Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid is one of my personal favorites. So, I am so excited to see the live-action remake! Indeed, Jodi Benson believes Halle Bailey will do a phenomenal job as Ariel, and I do too!
Coming to Theaters Soon!
Remember, The Little Mermaid comes to theaters on May 26, 2023!
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