Disney Branded Television has greenlit a new animated series for preschoolers, «Disney Junior’s Ariel,» inspired by the beloved story of «The Little Mermaid.» The announcement was made today by Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, during the Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France. The new series follows a young Ariel and features some fan-favorite characters, including King Triton, Ursula, Sebastian, and Flounder, as well as exciting new additions. «Disney Junior’s Ariel» is set to debut on Disney platforms worldwide in 2024.
While making the announcement, Davis said, «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.»
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.»