The live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” is on its way, including the remake of the iconic song from the original film, “Kiss the Girl.” Of course, this time around, the song was worked in a way to convey consent between Ariel and Prince Eric, as discuss by the film’s director Rob Marshall.

“We asked Lin-Manuel to make some slight adjustments to the original lyrics for ‘Kiss the Girl,’ because it’s important to remember that the culture and sensitivities have changed over the last 34 years, and it’s vital that we are respectful to those changes,” Marshall explained in a recent press release.

Similar to the original animated film, this new version of the movie still follows the daughter of King Triton on her journey to the human world. After saving Prince Eric from a shipwreck and falling in love with him, she becomes determined to be with him in the world above water. This leads to a confrontation with her father and an encounter with the convincing sea witch, Ursula.


Like the original animated film, the evil witch makes a deal with her to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress Eric. Of course, this becomes an issue because by doing so she places her life and her father’s crown in Jeopardy.

The film was directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns), with a script from David Magee and Jane Goldman. The cast also includes Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy.

The film is expected to feature original songs from the 1989 animated blockbuster, as well as new tracks composed by Alan Menken and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda.

What are your thoughts of the iconic song featuring the lyric adjustment in this new film? Let us know in the comments! 

Sean Sposato
The Main Street Mouse