This is one of those movies that I didn’t really like growing up, and only have begun to appreciate in the last few years or so. I don’t know what it was when I was little, maybe because it was my sister’s favorite movie and I wanted to be different, or well I’m not really sure. It’s safe to say, however, that I am simply smitten with this movie now. Ariel is gorgeous beyond words (Glen Keane is seriously a genius) and how dreamy is Eric? I love all of the side characters, and I even love (for the most part) Ursula. She gets pretty frightening towards the end, but overall she’s pretty hysterical.
The story, as some of you may or may not know is drastically changed from the original fairy tale, but I love what Disney decided to do with it. If you’re curious I’m sure you could google the original story and read it, but beware it’s pretty sad.
I had an anon send me an ask this week about my opinions on Ariel as a role model are and I though this would be a good place to put my response. I know that Ariel gets a lot of hate for ‘changing herself for a man’ and I guess I can see why people might misconstrue that as a bad thing, but I don’t honestly think that is the underlying story here. I think Ariel was a girl in love, and presented with a chance to have what she wanted, or to chase her dream she took it. Yeah it was a kind of stupid idea on her end, but I think it fits with the Disney ideal about dreams coming true and having to fight for them. And well everything turned out okay in the end. So no, I don’t think she’s a horrible role model for girls at all.
On to question time. Have you ever noticed how overly sexual Ursula is? She’s got HUGE boobs, which are just barely covered, she’s got a pretty big butt, and check out those red lips. I’m not saying that this is good or bad, but we talked about this in my children’s lit class before, and I was just curious as to what your guys’ opinons on her are. Also, what your opinions on Ariel as a role model (feel free to reblog if your response is too long, I read all the reblogs so I’ll see them)?