|“Screw everyone, girl’s got needs!”
The traditional tale: Mermaid goes to sea witch and swaps amazing voice for really painful legs, mad dancing skills and a chance at eternal life. She tries to win the prince. She fails. Her sisters convince said witch to make a knife – if she kills the prince she gets to be a mermaid again. She refuses, dies, then gets eternal life anyways because she chose not to do the wrong thing.
Moral of the story:
– Don’t take stupid chances
– Rely on yourself to achieve your goals
– You can’t force love
The Disney version (The Little Mermaid, 1989): Mermaid goes to sea witch and swaps amazing voice for legs, and a chance at living as a voiceless human for the rest of her life, if she gets the prince to give her “the kiss of true love”. She fails because the man she loves only loves good singers. The sea witch turns out to have been gunning for control of the whole ocean and imprisons the mermaid’s dad, but the prince saves the day. Dad feels sorry for her and gives her legs, and she gets to be with the voice-coveting prince forever and yay!
|Every scene with Prince Eric just makes me think of this video.
Moral of the story:
– Sign contracts unthinkingly?
– Make deals with the devil because they totally work?
– Follow your dreams, even if it’s unrealistic and risks everything, including the people who love you?
Thanks, Disney, for instilling good values and a respect for sensible decision-making skills into The Children!
|This iconic still is of her crazy stalker face, btw.
I have no real love for this film, and I feel kind of bad for this because I know a lot of people do – even as a 7 year old, I wondered how Ariel could be so foolish, and that ruined any enjoyment I could have of the film. Ursula’s a pretty badass villain though, the Ariel-Triton switcheroo/domination scenario is a far more sensible motivation than the usual Disney villain jealousy.
(In my research for this week, I came across some pretty wicked fanart, including a surprisingly amount of Ariel-Ursula femslash, which I guess is only to be expected when the internet takes on a character with tentacles. Google at your own risk.)