History YMMV / TheLittleMermaid

22nd Sep '17 5:36:18 AM MsCC93
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* RonTheDeathEater: Being on two opposing sides of an issue, both Ariel and King Triton have people who ignore all faults in one while demonizing the other. Triton's detractors forget that he's a single parent trying to raise seven daughters, and run an entire kingdom, and that he immediately [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets]] his overreaction to Ariel's love for Eric, and the effect it ended up having on her. Ariel's meanwhile overlook the fact that she's a sheltered teenager who, simply doesn't feel she fits in where she is and wants a life of her own. As for the deal with Ursula, she didn't exactly jump right into it. She was manipulated and pressured into taking it at a time when Triton's actions had left her hurt and vulnerable. She, too immediately regrets the consequence of her own mistake.[[spoiler: That is to say, Triton nearly suffering the same fate as Ursula's other victims.]]

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* RonTheDeathEater: Being on two opposing sides of an issue, both Ariel and King Triton have people who ignore all faults and/or good qualities in one while demonizing the other. Triton's detractors other.
** King Triton. While Triton’s hatred of humans may come off as extreme while having a scary HairTriggerTemper which resulted in him infamously destroying Ariel’s grotto, Triton is also shown as a loving father and he can be a nice guy when he’s not angry. His detractors, on the other hand,
forget that he's a single parent trying to raise seven daughters, and run an entire kingdom, and kingdom. It also helps that he immediately [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets]] his overreaction to Ariel's love for Eric, and the effect it ended up having on her. Ariel's meanwhile her.
** Ariel. While she can come off as naïve, irrational, and (unintentionally) selfish, she is he is for the most part, a kind, adventurous, and well-meaning teenager. Her detractors, on the other hand,
overlook the fact that she's also a sheltered teenager who, simply doesn't feel she fits in where she is and wants a life of her own. As for the deal with Ursula, she didn't exactly jump right into it. She was manipulated and pressured into taking it at a time when Triton's actions had left her hurt and vulnerable. She, too immediately regrets the consequence of her own mistake.[[spoiler: That is to say, Triton nearly suffering the same fate as Ursula's other victims.]]
13th Sep '17 8:56:26 PM Angeldeb82
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* {{Squick}}: The mermaid ''[[TongueTrauma having to get her tongue cut off.]]'' OUCH!

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* {{Squick}}: The mermaid ''[[TongueTrauma having to get her tongue cut off.]]'' off]].'' OUCH!



* TheWoobie: Dear God, Hans, how much does this poor girl have to go through? For the crime of being born a fay being rather than an oh-so-lucky human, she has to suffer endless pain, have her tongue cut out, commit suicide, and then hope that no child cries or is naughty for 300 years straight before she can get into heaven?

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* TheWoobie: Dear God, Hans, how much does this poor girl have to go through? For the crime of being born a fay being rather than an oh-so-lucky human, she has to suffer endless pain, have her tongue cut out, commit suicide, and then hope that no child cries or is naughty for 300 years straight (or she cries) before she can get into heaven?



** Some viewers found Ursula sexy even in her original form. "Don't underestimate the importance of [[ChewingTheScenery BODY LANGUAGE!]]".

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** Some viewers found Ursula sexy even in her original form. "Don't underestimate the importance of [[ChewingTheScenery BODY LANGUAGE!]]". LANGUAGE]]!"



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Ariel is unironically [[http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=%E3%82%A2%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A8%E3%83%AB the most popular Disney Princess in Japan than the native United States, since Japanese Disney fans love telling stories about Mermaids.]]

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Ariel is unironically [[http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=%E3%82%A2%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A8%E3%83%AB the most popular Disney Princess in Japan than the native United States, since Japanese Disney fans love telling stories about Mermaids.]]Mermaids]].



** In Triton's entrance, there's a cameo of Mickey, Donald and Goofy years before [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the latter two go there themselves]]

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** In Triton's entrance, there's a cameo of Mickey, Donald and Goofy years before [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the latter two go there themselves]]themselves]].



** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Vanessa strangling Scuttle + "Why you little—!"]].

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** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Vanessa strangling Scuttle + "Why you little—!"]].little—!"]]



** ''The Little Mermaid'' used the Can-Can when Louis is chasing Sebastian, and that wasn't the only landmark release in 1989 to use that. [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Super Mario]] had it for invincibility on his debut Game Boy game, which had an underwater level.

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** ''The Little Mermaid'' used the Can-Can when Louis is chasing Sebastian, and that wasn't the only landmark release in 1989 to use that. [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Super Mario]] VideoGame/{{Super Mario|Land}} had it for invincibility on his debut Game Boy game, which had an underwater level.



* SuperlativeDubbing: Ariel's stunning Norwegian voice done by Sissel Kyrkjebø gained a lot of attention, to the point she went on to voice Ariel in the Danish and Swedish dubs as well. To further exemplify the beauty of Sissel's voice, she's also the OneWomanWail you hear on the ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' soundtrack.

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* SuperlativeDubbing: SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: Ariel's stunning Norwegian voice done by Sissel Kyrkjebø gained a lot of attention, to the point she went on to voice Ariel in the Danish and Swedish dubs as well. To further exemplify the beauty of Sissel's voice, she's also the OneWomanWail you hear on the ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' soundtrack.



** Pay close attention to Louis the chef's ditty "Le Poisson", which has the same melody as "[[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Be Our Guest]]".

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** Pay close attention to Louis the chef's ditty "Le Poisson", "Les Poissons", which has the same melody as "[[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Be Our Guest]]".



* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: [[SomethingElseAlsoRises The priest]]. (Although this too is an [[http://snopes.com/disney/films/minister.asp urban legend]].)

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* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: [[SomethingElseAlsoRises The priest]]. priest.]] (Although this too is an [[http://snopes.com/disney/films/minister.asp urban legend]].)



** In a meta sense, Ariel is often thrown in with other "girly" DisneyPrincesses, like Snow White and Cinerella, as an example of being a poor role model to little girls; often unfairly compared to the more "badass" TomboyPrincesses like Mulan and Merida. Because RealWomenNeverWearDresses!

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** In a meta sense, Ariel is often thrown in with other "girly" DisneyPrincesses, like Snow White and Cinerella, as an example of being a poor role model to little girls; often unfairly compared to the more "badass" TomboyPrincesses {{Tomboy Princess}}es like Mulan and Merida. Because RealWomenNeverWearDresses! RealWomenDontWearDresses!



* StrawmanHasAPoint: Triton has even more of a point if you've seen ''Ariel's Beginning'' and consider it to be canon. [[spoiler:Ariel's mother was killed when human fishermen came to steal mermaid relics and accidentally(?) rammed their boat into her.]] Even if Triton accepted her passing in the end, that doesn't necessarily mean that he thinks highly of humans. It's no wonder he doesn't like humans--they [[spoiler:killed his wife!]]

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Triton has even more of a point if you've seen ''Ariel's Beginning'' and consider it to be canon. [[spoiler:Ariel's mother was killed when human fishermen came to steal mermaid relics and accidentally(?) rammed their boat into her.]] Even if Triton accepted her passing in the end, that doesn't necessarily mean that he thinks highly of humans. It's no wonder he doesn't like humans--they [[spoiler:killed his wife!]]wife]]!
9th Sep '17 3:11:02 AM MsCC93
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: While badly written, the sequel does attempt to address the constant complaints of Ariel's character. While it was stupid for Ariel to lie to Melody, the sequel has her portrayed as more mature and levelheaded than she was as a teenager. It also has her attempting to fix the damage she created due to her lies, and has her admit that she was wrong for lying and apologizes to Melody at the end.
5th Sep '17 6:44:57 AM MsCC93
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** Ariel also gets some of this in regards to her parenting towards Melody in the sequel. While Ariel was indeed wrong and foolsih to lie to Melody regarding her mermaid heritage, many fans are a little too eager to shame her for how overprotective she was of Melody. This ignored the fact that Ariel did try to keep Melody from making the same mistakes she did. Also that Triton was being paranoid about humans in general when he tried to keep Ariel safe, while Ariel was trying to protect Melody from a ''definite'' threat in Morgana. Although, it doesn't help that Ariel doesn't explain to Melody what the "''definite'' threat" ''is'', but simply tells her to stay away from the ocean because "it's dangerous," just like when her father told her to stay away from humans because "they're dangerous."

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** Ariel also gets some of this in regards to her parenting towards Melody in the sequel. While Ariel was indeed wrong and foolsih to lie to Melody regarding her mermaid heritage, many fans are a little too eager to shame her for how overprotective she was of Melody. This ignored the fact that Ariel did try to keep Melody from making the same mistakes she did. Also that Triton was being paranoid about humans in general when he tried to keep Ariel safe, while Ariel was trying to protect Melody from a ''definite'' threat in Morgana. Although, it doesn't help that Ariel doesn't explain to Melody what the "''definite'' threat" ''is'', [[ParentalHypocrisy but simply tells her to stay away from the ocean because because]] "it's dangerous," just like when her father told her to stay away from humans because "they're dangerous."
5th Sep '17 6:33:19 AM MsCC93
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** Ariel also gets some of this in regards to her parenting towards Melody in the sequel. Many fans are a little too eager to shame her for how overprotective she was of Melody, ignoring that Ariel did try to keep Melody from making the same mistakes she did. Also that Triton was being paranoid about humans in general when he tried to keep Ariel safe, while Ariel was trying to protect Melody from a ''definite'' threat in Morgana. Although, it doesn't help that Ariel doesn't explain to Melody what the "''definite'' threat" ''is'', but simply tells her to stay away from the ocean because "it's dangerous," just like when her father told her to stay away from humans because "they're dangerous," which [[ParentalHypocrisy she didn't listen to when she was younger but expects Melody to listen to now]].

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** Ariel also gets some of this in regards to her parenting towards Melody in the sequel. Many While Ariel was indeed wrong and foolsih to lie to Melody regarding her mermaid heritage, many fans are a little too eager to shame her for how overprotective she was of Melody, ignoring Melody. This ignored the fact that Ariel did try to keep Melody from making the same mistakes she did. Also that Triton was being paranoid about humans in general when he tried to keep Ariel safe, while Ariel was trying to protect Melody from a ''definite'' threat in Morgana. Although, it doesn't help that Ariel doesn't explain to Melody what the "''definite'' threat" ''is'', but simply tells her to stay away from the ocean because "it's dangerous," just like when her father told her to stay away from humans because "they're dangerous," which [[ParentalHypocrisy she didn't listen to when she was younger but expects Melody to listen to now]].dangerous."
31st Jul '17 5:23:38 AM Pren
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** The scene where Sebastian has his HeelRealization and agrees to help Ariel find Eric, is a fairly heartwarming moment... but when you remember that Ariel is essentially standing there naked from the seashells down, the scene can come off as seeming a bit silly.

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** The scene where Sebastian has his HeelRealization and agrees to help Ariel find Eric, is a fairly heartwarming moment... but when you remember that Ariel is essentially standing there naked from the seashells down, the scene can come off as seeming a bit silly. Especially if you listen to the DVD commentary where the crew discusses how they had to be ''very'' careful with the camera angles for obvious reasons, and relied very heavily on her GodivaHair.
31st Jul '17 5:15:37 AM Pren
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** The spell to take Ariel's voice includes the word "laryngitis," which Ursula sings with the exact same portentousness as the rest. It works for kids, but can really seem weird for adults who get the reference.
10th May '17 6:05:43 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Eric:''' Eight legs!
-->'''Grimsby:''' Seven vaganias ''[sic]''.

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-->'''Eric:''' --->'''Eric:''' Eight legs!
-->'''Grimsby:'''
legs!\\
'''Grimsby:''' ...
Seven vaganias vagánias ''[sic]''.
4th May '17 6:27:15 AM fruitstripegum
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** *It gets worse: by the first movie, his relationship with Ariel is so damaged that she prefers trying her luck with Ursula than trusting him again, he's visibly distraught and blaming himself for her escape and, when finally after years of bickering manages to patch his relationship with his daughter, he's grimly reminded that Ariel forgave him ''at her own marriage''. When he realizes that ''he's going to miss her'', he also realizes that now Ariel has her own family to care for, and he can never, ever get back the time they spent bickering. And then, in the second movie, we find out that he didn't even get to be a grandfather for his (possibly) first granddaughter.

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** *It It gets worse: by the first movie, his relationship with Ariel is so damaged that she prefers trying her luck with Ursula than trusting him again, he's visibly distraught and blaming himself for her escape and, when finally after years of bickering manages to patch his relationship with his daughter, he's grimly reminded that Ariel forgave him ''at her own marriage''. When he realizes that ''he's going to miss her'', he also realizes that now Ariel has her own family to care for, and he can never, ever get back the time they spent bickering. And then, in the second movie, we find out that he didn't even get to be a grandfather for his (possibly) first granddaughter.
3rd May '17 10:11:31 AM Lancelot07
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** The scene where Sebastian has his HeelRealization and agrees to help Ariel find Eric, is a fairly heartwarming moment... but when you remember that Ariel is essentially standing there naked from the seashells down, the scene does come off as seeming a bit silly.

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** The scene where Sebastian has his HeelRealization and agrees to help Ariel find Eric, is a fairly heartwarming moment... but when you remember that Ariel is essentially standing there naked from the seashells down, the scene does can come off as seeming a bit silly.
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