Poor Unfortunate Souls… 20 years Later
It’s been 20 years (20 years! can you believe it?!) since the release of one of the greatest animated films of all time – Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The film, which is based on a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, follows the story of a young mermaid named Ariel, who falls in love
with one Prince Eric, who is a human, and will do whatever it takes to be with him. As usual there is a conflict here, and she ends up making a deal with a sea witch named Ursula who promises to make her human if she gives up her amazing voice which is so coveted by the oversized demon.This film and its amazing artwork has inspired many an artist over the years, as we all attempt /wish to create something as inspiring, captivating, enchanting and memorable as this Disney Classic was and is. It also happened to inspire an entire generation of girls, who desired to be mermaid princesses, and sang “Part of Your World” in the comfort of their rooms to the imaginary or real life princes in their lives. The themes of this particular movie, love, loss, belonging, and happiness, make it a more powerful and effective installment than some of the more recent 3d creations Disney has produced. This movie, although one of many featuring a female lead character, and contributing to the ever expanding line of Disney princesses, wasn’t just for girls. What’s in it for dudes, you ask? Well, nothing was cooler than seeing Ursula get impaled with a jagged plank. You’d never see that from Disney nowadays! Alas, society has gotten so soft. Poor Unfortunate Souls they are!
As a side, Ursula was my favorite. Or maybe it was the crab? Anyway, I got a thing for the charasmatic villains.