The Little Mermaid (1989). "Somebody's gotta nail that girls fins to the floor."
The seaweed is definitely greener this week as we tackle the Disney classic The Little Mermaid from 1989. We discuss how mermaids get jacked, the idiot everyone knows, erics bushy eyebrows and the connection Shaggy Dog makes to this animated film. Join us now!
Storyline :In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
Directors: Ron Clements & John Musker
Writers: Ron Clements & John Musker, Hans Christian Anderson (book)
Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Patt Carroll and Buddy Hackett
Awards: 14 Wins & 8 Nominations : Oscar Winner of Best Music, Original Song (Under the Sea) and Best Score.
Film Budget: $40,000,000
Gross Worldwide: $211,343,479
The start of a beautiful series of Disney Animated classics with incredible soundtracks. The 90s really were the best time to grow up with Disney. Thank you to the late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for their work on this.
SEA IT....as well as these fun facts.
Originally, Sebastian was to have an English accent. It was lyricist/producer Howard Ashman who suggested he speak with a Caribbean accent. This opened the door to calypso-style numbers like "Under the Sea," which won the Academy Award.
Many merfolk appear in the film, but Ursula is a lesser-known type of mythological creature known as a cecaelia: human upper body and octopus lower body.
It's possible that Prince Eric could be related to Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty (1959). In the dining room in Eric's castle on Ariel's first evening on land, there is a painting hanging on the wall. The couple bear a striking resemblance to Aurora and Phillip.
Ariel and her sisters' tails consist of the colors of the rainbow. Attina: orange, Alana: violet, Aquata: blue, Arista: red, Adella: yellow, Andrina: indigo, and Ariel: green.
The character of Ursula was based on drag performer and John Waters regular Divine. Her personality and some of her actions were also largely inspired by a previous Disney villain, Madame Medusa from Disney's The Rescuers (1977).
All of the Little Mermaid films and the animated series are available on Disney+
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