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Disney has unveiled a plethora of thingamabobs and whatsits ahead of the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”, out May 26.
The merch — which includes everything from a singing doll to an Ariel starter kit — is particularly exciting for a young generation of Black kids who will for the first time be able to see themselves represented as a Disney princess through Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel.
Bailey is only the second Black actor to ever portray a prominent Disney princess, and the upcoming film will mark the first time that the franchise’s iconic mermaid will have dark skin and red locks, rather than the white skin, fire-engine-red hair and blue eyes introduced in Disney’s previous film.Read more on variety.com
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