This year’s ABC live musical was mocked more than usual due to a really unfortunate Flounder puppet.
Another year, another awful and awkward live musical adaptation from ABC. This year, “The Little Mermaid” was the unlucky source material. Although casting directors certainly tried their best to make things enticing by hiring an eclectic mix of talent (Queen Latifah, Shaggy, Auli’i Cravalho, John Stamos and one of Ariana Grande’s ex-boyfriends), the whole musical was really bad.
There was also a fake Flounder, which left many of us baffled.
I think Flounder is having an existential crisis. #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/OCSUHQWrNM
— Rachel Wallace (@Rachlikesstuff) November 6, 2019
This is not the adorable Flounder that lives in your childhood memories and was best friends with Ariel.
Puppets are a hard trick to pull off. When done well, you get The Muppets, which are lovely and hilarious. When done wrong you get, well, 2019’s version of Flounder, who looks like a scary wet sock.
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Check out people’s funniest responses:
What I think I look like vs. what I actually look like #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/sde64J3yH3
— Kaylin Cooper (@Kaylin822) November 6, 2019
When you order online vs when it comes in the mail #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/MGmBsP7IPw
— hailstorm (@haleyjeanne) November 6, 2019
Flounder looks like Disney ordered it off the Wish app. #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/W2syvralMT
— Steve Siragusa (@Syracuse_716) November 6, 2019
You vs. the flounder she told you not to worry about. #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/YWYY1XFF4K
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) November 6, 2019
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Therapist: the Flounder puppet from #TheLittleMermaidLive isn’t real and can’t hurt you
The Flounder pupet from Little Mermaid Live: pic.twitter.com/vkhQxtwNHr
— Em (@princessdiva702) November 6, 2019
Me: Mom, can we get Flounder?
Mom: We have Flounder at home.
Flounder at home: pic.twitter.com/GiIbb1Zpd8
— scottkilgrim (@scottkilgrim) November 6, 2019
Flounder has SEEN SOME SHIT. It’s like he was the rainbow fish #LittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/QSbIj7dT6F
— Matt Nicholson (@writerly203) November 6, 2019
#TheLittleMermaidLive but flounder looks like the Disney on ice version pic.twitter.com/n4eKzLEKwe
— .x.Lost.In.Spxce.x. (@_not_a_alien) November 6, 2019
Judging by his face, Live-Action Flounder def accidentally let out a fart #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/lAfNj4PjtD
— Charlie Kleiner (@ckleiner20) November 6, 2019
Flounder puppet showing up here like #TheLittleMermaidLive pic.twitter.com/g5wHKIGXRB
— Alyssa Fisher (@alyssabfisher) November 6, 2019