One YouTuber is giving the gays everything they want with his queer reimagining of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel.
Animator Mark Scarnander’s “Part of Your World — Male Version” video, uploaded last week, sees the female protagonist of the Disney classic recast as a gay man. Set to a cover of “Part of Your World” by fellow YouTuber Mike Zubi, Scarnander’s animation mimics Ariel’s original musical moment from the 1989 film, complete with a cavern filled with treasures under the sea (and a cameo from Flounder).
Since it was posted, the 3-minute animation has racked up more than 634,000 views.
Credits aside, Scarnander offered this explanation for his gay spin on The Little Mermaid in the video’s description: “I have to please the gays.”
Consider us pleased!
This isn’t the first queer-interest news to come out of the beloved Disney film. It’s no secret that Ursula, The Little Mermaid’s sea witch villainess, is queer-coded (and canonically modeled after legendary drag queen Divine).
Earlier this month, actress Auli’i Cravalho, who played Ariel in last year’s live-action rendition of the Disney musical, came out as bisexual on TikTok, too. How’s that for queering The Little Mermaid?
Watch the full animation below.