Flounder Live-action Little Mermaid Hoax.

Live-action Flounder Hoax (Little Mermaid)

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Updated Feb 17, 2023 at 05:35PM EST by Zach.

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Live-action Flounder Hoax refers to discussions surrounding a fan-made computer-generated image of the fish character named Flounder from The Little Mermaid 2023 live-action movie. Images of the fish began to circulate on Twitter sometime in October 2022 after many users mistook the fan art for an actual promo photo from the upcoming 2023 Little Mermaid film. The CGI Flounder has been described as "grotesque," "Lovecraftian" and "bad" by various commentators who fell for the hoax.


On June 14th, 2020, ArtStation[1] user "Nick Pill" posted a series of images he titled, "Flounder FAN ART," adding, "Just mucking around with a Flounder Live Action version." The post gathered over 28,000 views, 19 likes and three comments in over two years (seen below).



On October 13th, 2022, Twitter[2] user @IronWolfV posted a tweet that read, "THAT IS FLOUNDER?!!! Oh my god, that looks so BAD." The post gathered over 2,600 likes in over three months (seen below, left). On October 14th, Twitter[3] user @DoobusGoobus then posted the image alongside a tweet that read, "Y'know? I think art is dead. yep, definitely dead." The post gathered over 77,000 likes in over three months (seen below, right).

Geoff Sholly @IronWolfV THAT IS FLOUNDER?!!! Oh my god that looks so BAD. THE LITTLE MERMAID 11:13 PM Oct 13, 2022 238 Retweets 478 Quote Tweets 2,661 Likes Doobus Goobus @DoobusGoobus Y'know? I think art is dead. yep, definitely dead. THE LITTLE MERMAID 9:43 AM - Oct 14, 2022 WASHER 2,711 Retweets 764 Quote Tweets 77K Likes :

An Imgur[4] upload by Raoul9753 posted on October 17th, 2022, gathered over 109,000 views and 1,000 upvotes in over three months (seen below, left). A February 16th, 2023, tweet by Twitter[5] user @ChaseMit gathered over 31,000 likes in a day. The tweet read, "I feel like they heard people say it was boring that all the animals looked real in The Lion King and, uh, overcorrected. (seen below, right).

Forget about Ariels Skin Color, what in the seven hells is this abomination? Chase Mitchell @ChaseMit I feel like they heard people say it was boring that all the animals looked real in The Lion King and, uh, overcorrected 3:53 AM Feb 16, 2023 1.8M Views ... 967 Retweets 648 Quote Tweets 31.4K Likes

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spooky winter display name @derpo377 Flounder looks like he just swam through some toxic waste 12:31 AM. Feb 16, 2023 10.9K Views ... Radge McMuffins @fullmetalbampot genuinely concerned with the eye placement that flounder is now an apex predator Chase Mitchell @ChaseMit Feb 16 I feel like they heard people say it was boring that all the animals looked real in The Lion King and, uh, overcorrected 5:59 AM Feb 17, 2023 5,799 Views
Zoë Rose Bryant @ZoeRoseBryant Wait this isn't actually Flounder in the new THE LITTLE MERMAID is it 6:11 AM. Feb 16, 2023 314.5K Views : Jess Siswick @tinymallet Who gave flounder those 90s eyebrows? 7:29 AM Feb 16, 2023 14.8K Views ● : ...

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External References

[1] Art Station – Nick Pill

[2] Twitter – IronWolfV

[3] Twitter – DoobusGoobus?

[4]  Imgur – Raoul9753

[5] Twitter – ChaseMit

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Mistress Fortune
Mistress Fortune

If the recent Pinocchio is anything to go by they might have the actual Flounder look like how he did in the original animated film (for all the problems the Pinocchio live action remake had, surprisingly one of the only things I thought they didn't screw up is CGI Pinocchio at least looked like his original cartoon counterpart), but of course it won't matter, pretty much everyone knows this is gonna suck.

Kinda funny to see Doobus fell for the hoax, wonder if he's gonna make an animation based on it.


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