If there was ever a Disney song to sing along to, “Part of Your World” is it.
via: Rolling Stone
The song is one of the most famous from the original animated Little Mermaid, with Ariel excitedly dreaming of life on land and trying to get a handle on some human vocabulary. Over a lush orchestral arrangement, Bailey delivers a mighty vocal performance that makes the new recording feel like a fitting tribute to the original, sung by Jodi Benson.
The soundtrack for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid will feature new recordings of many of the songs Disney music vets Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote for the 1989 animated film. Menken also partnered with Lin-Manuel Miranda to write four new songs for the movie (three will appear in the movie, while the fourth will eventually arrive as a DVD extra).
Additionally, some of the classic Little Mermaid songs received lyrical updates to make them more appropriate for 2023. As Menken told Vanity Fair recently, “Kiss the Girl” was tweaked to make the romantic encounter between Prince Eric and Ariel less one-sided. Ursula’s big number, “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” was also changed “regarding lines that might make young girls somehow feel that they shouldn’t speak out of turn, even though Ursula is clearly manipulating Ariel to give up her voice,” Menken said.
The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall, will finally hit theaters next month, on May 26. Bailey stars as Ariel, while the cast also features Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina (Eric’s mother, and a new character for the film).
See some reaction from Twitter below.
halle bailey sounds so beautiful in 'part of your world', no wonder the entire casting room burst into tears pic.twitter.com/hrsbcVtwln
— NOSTALGIA (@notgwendalupe) April 26, 2023
After hearing part of your world, the director was right no one would’ve been able to play Ariel aside from Halle pic.twitter.com/V8ZLuq1pzZ
— Nicolas is happy (litte mermaid era) (@niggaolas) April 26, 2023
I knew from this moment Halle was going to be an amazing Disney princess. This voice! pic.twitter.com/ParFycSdk0
— BAVY (@itsbavy) April 26, 2023
Me after listening to Halle Bailey’s version of Part of Your World pic.twitter.com/TPxCTdl0dh
— Ms. Vocal Victoria (@ChimGAT) April 26, 2023
Disney dropped Part of Your World today, and Halle sounds expectedly wonderful!
— Alex Leonce ?? (@AlexLeonce2) April 26, 2023
Halle's voice is doing things on Part of your world..
Can't wait to watch The Little Mermaid ??
— Zee ? (@ZeeKansiime) April 26, 2023
Just listened to Halle’s rendition of Part Of Your World
— renny rogue (@soleanddta) April 26, 2023
Halle Bailey’s rendition of Part of Your World is so beautiful! No wonder the casting room was in tears. History was made right there???? #TheLittleMermaid #PartOfYourWorld #Ariel pic.twitter.com/tu31dkCUT3
— ???????????//???? (@giselleb1234) April 26, 2023
halle bailey’s voice is out of this world
she’s a real life disney princess #TheLittleMermaid pic.twitter.com/vEoeMNmp1y
— pure thique honey ? (@purethiquekj) April 26, 2023