Disney Announces New Preschool Series 'Disney Junior's Ariel' Inspired By 'The Little Mermaid'

Disney Announces New Preschool Series 'Disney Junior's Ariel' Inspired By 'The Little Mermaid'

A new series is coming out inspired by The Little Mermaid, and seemingly more specifically, the new live action version.

Disney Branded Television announced the upcoming preschool animated series Disney Junior’s Ariel“on Tuesday (June 13) at the 2023 Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France.

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The new series will follow a young Ariel, along with appearances from King Triton, Ursula, Sebastian and Flounder, as well as some new additions.

“For more than 30 years, the story of The Little Mermaid has been beloved by audiences all over the world. It brings me so much joy to be able to introduce our new Disney Junior version of Ariel to preschoolers everywhere,” Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, shared during the announcement.

Alyssa Sapire, senior vice president of Development, Series and Strategy for Disney Junior, added, “As we were developing Disney Junior’s Ariel, we knew that we wanted to create an atmosphere that was vibrant and magical and showcased our young Ariel’s imagination, which, like our preschool audience watching at home, is as big as the sea.”

Here’s a synopsis: Set in the fantastical Caribbean-inspired underwater kingdom of Atlantica, the series follows Ariel as she embarks on fun-filled, action-packed mermaid adventures with her friends. Driven by a deep and unending curiosity about the world around her, Ariel discovers land treasures, like a big floppy hat, squeaky rubber ducky and whisk, that she collects and keeps safe in her crystal cavern. Sometimes, Ariel uses the treasures to help solve problems.

With each discovery, Ariel is filled with joy, and her mermaid tail, which changes colors depending on her emotions, lights up and shimmers. Full of charm, big ideas and a powerful voice, Disney Junior’s Ariel is coming into her own, learning how to discover and appreciate the world around her and use her voice to inspire others.

Disney Junior’s Ariel will feature the multicultural diversity of the Caribbean is highlighted through music, food, festivals, fashion, language and folklore, with Dr. Patricia Saunders, professor of English and hemispheric Caribbean studies and director of graduate studies at the University of Miami and author of two books, serving as cultural consultant, as well as Sean Skeete, chair of Berklee College of Music’s ensemble department, serving as the Caribbean music consultant.

Casting has not been revealed at this time, but the new series is set to premiere on Disney platforms in 2024.

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