'Little Mermaid Live!' negative reviews prompt ABC boss to respond: 'I don’t care what anyone else thinks' - I don't want to be part of your world.


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The Little Mermaid Live!” premiered Tuesday night on ABC to some harsh reviews from viewers that eventually prompted a network executive to respond to the backlash on Twitter.

The special combined footage from the 1989 animated film with live-action musical numbers from the celebrity cast. However, those who tuned into the network’s bold stage show were quick to note that it lacked the expected production value of its Broadway counterpart. Specifically, fans took issue with Shaggy, who portrayed Sebastian the lobster, not having claws.

"Man this actor they picked for Sebastian in the Little Mermaid Live show is awful..... how is wearing a red jacket and red pants suddenly make him a crab? They should have at least given him claws or something," one user wrote.

"So little mermaid play was cool... but uhm shaggy was too cool to at least wear claws or sumn? He the only one without a costume... that was wack on his part," another commented.

Someone else even drew a comparison to Shaggy's outfit to the famous "Thriller" suit.

"Why is Shaggy dressed like Michael Jackson in Thriller #TheLittleMermaidLive," they wrote.

The stream of jabs at Sebastian's costume became so bad that ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, Robert Mills, took to Twitter to share the "ridiculous" reason Shaggy didn't have claws.

"For those wondering, Shaggy wore crab claws in early rehearsals and it looked ridiculous," he wrote.

He later shared an image of exactly what he was talking about.

Mills also seemed to address the negative reception to the musical hybrid by retweeting a stranger's positive review.

"I don’t care what anyone else thinks, my man Edward Sanchez said it’s the best ever and that’s good enough for me!!" he wrote.

While some of the reviews on social media were positive, the majority kept lambasting the production.

One user joked about the low-production value on Flounder, who appeared as a lackluster puppet.https://foxnews.onelink.me/xLDS?pid=AppArticleLink&af_dp=foxnewsaf://&af_web_dp=https://www.foxnews.com/apps-products

"When you order online vs when it comes in the mail," someone wrote next to a side-by-side image of the puppet and the cartoon.

In addition to Shaggy, the two-hour TV event also starred Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, John Stamos and Graham Phillips.


Ursula was the best part and the dog playing Max. It was a mess

Also John Stamos is banned from the parks because of inappropriate behavior.
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Oscar Wildean

Not Stephen Fry.
True & Honest Fan
I'm not going to lie, I liked John Stamos as Chef Louis. But that's about all I watched.

NOT Sword Fighter Super

Kind of a tool.
True & Honest Fan
I really hate musicals and broadway. They're all so gay, both literally and figuratively.
I saw queen laqueefa, her singing was good, but she sang with a British accent, which made me think "WTF". Overall, I think a gay man farting out semen has more musical appeal than this pile of flaming crap.
I've taken my wife to a few of them. One was the Broadway adaption of Newsies which was already a fucking musical. They somehow made it worse by adding shit that wasn't in the original movie.

Oscar Wildean

Not Stephen Fry.
True & Honest Fan
Maybe people are finally getting tired of being given the same shit repackaged over and over again?
Not only was it repackaged, it was cheaply done. Which was funny to me because it's Disney and they usually spend big. The Flounder character was just a fish stuffed animal with a hand jammed up it. Pathetic. The puppets in Mystery Science Theater 3000 were better looking than it.


Seregios (Att. at Law)

Causing bleeding damage
I didn't mind it. The cast did great and the effects were pretty nice.

Biggest issue is FOX calling Sebastian a lobster right before showing tweets about Sebastian being a crab..


Electric Boogaloo
Not sure how they could have handled Flounder, but anything would have been better than swinging a puppet around. Maybe if they did it the way Japanese do Bunraku puppets - with a couple of covered people behind the puppet manipulating it. Hell, they could have even had them dress in green and green-screened them out in the broadcast version.

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