History YMMV / TheLittleMermaid

22nd Jul '16 6:23:58 PM NWolfman
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The finish of "Part of Your World" in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is Ashman and [[Music/AlanMenken Menken]] recycling part of one of ''their own songs'', "Somewhere That's Green", from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The finish of "Part of ''Part Of Your World" in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' World'' is largely a compositional and thematic re-working of Ashman and [[Music/AlanMenken Menken]] recycling part of one of ''their Menken]]'s own songs'', "Somewhere That's Green", Green" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
13th Jul '16 4:57:39 PM BritCrit
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** A scene where Ariel apologises to Triton after Ursula's defeat was storyboarded, but deleted from the finished film.
5th Jul '16 8:53:31 AM N8han11
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** Vanessa, a villainous split personality of {{BigBad/Ursula}}, is voiced by Creator/JodiBenson. In the English dub of ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', Jodi Benson voices Millenia, a villainous split personality.

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** Vanessa, a villainous split personality of {{BigBad/Ursula}}, [[BigBad Ursula]], is voiced by Creator/JodiBenson. In the English dub of ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', Jodi Benson voices Millenia, a villainous split personality.
30th Jun '16 8:52:54 PM shatterstar
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The film doesn't even bother to delve into Ariel's character at the third arc of the movie and how the experience has changed her. One of the most criticized aspect of the movie about her shallowness could have easily been fixed by showing how sorry she was at her action that almost cost Triton his kingdom.
6th May '16 1:46:27 PM rafi
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* BaseBreaker: Is Ariel a good character/role model or a terrible one?

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Is Ariel a good character/role model or a terrible one?



* SignatureSong: "Under the Sea".

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* SignatureSong: "Under the Sea".Sea" with "Part of Your World" also a contender.



* BadassDecay: Eric and Triton in both the sequel and musical.

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Eric and Triton in both the sequel and musical.



* FanPreferredCouple: [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim Hawkins]] and Melody.

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[[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim Hawkins]] and Melody.



** 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.
27th Mar '16 12:07:57 PM JustCause
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* FanonDiscontinuity: The various endings. Readers and scholars prefer the mermaid being changed into foam and dying tragedy rather than the mermaid being changed into a daughter of the air with a chance at Heaven ending.
13th Mar '16 4:01:22 PM rafi
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: At least one website (http://theresabasile.com/wp/2011/10/20/a-feminists-defense-of-the-little-mermaid-take-2/) has made the case that Ariel is actually a metaphor for a transgender girl. She has her daddy's public expectations of her, a secret collection of stuff (in the case of a transgender person this would be women's clothing), when her collection and subsequent desire to be a part of that world is revealed to her father he tries to destroy it (many parents of transgender girls, out of fear for what society might do if they discover the truth, try to shut down the interests of the child). Then we have her making a deal with Ursula, who is according to many websites based on the drag queen Divine, make what is effectively a back alley hormone sale. She gives her a treatment that is mixed up from magic and potions, and like actual hormones if no surgery is involved, is reversible after the pills run out. Much like an actual transgender girl (hormones help Female to Male, but not the other way around because of the Adams Apple), she can't use her voice, because people would discover who she was. The story tells it as her voice being taken away, but this is effectively the case. Ursula on the other hand, can pass as female when she wants to, and actually has a feminine voice that she is not afraid to use. At the climax, we have her publicly outed, Eric not minding, and her father finally supports her "transition" to life out on surface. Rather than using temporary "spells" he enacts her change on a lasting level with a large ''sharp'' object.
13th Mar '16 3:54:25 PM PerfumePreppy
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* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: People love to throw up the "Ariel is a stupid bitch and a bad rolemodel for little girls who THROWS HER LIFE AWAY FOR A GUY" pseudo-reason, without bothering to dwell into her reasons and psyche (she already wanted to see the human world, Eric was mostly the push she needed to take the decision to go there, etc). Apparently a woman isn't allowed to fall in romantic love ''ever'', specially if it's a teenage girl with next-to-none real life experience!

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* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: [[SomethingElseAlsoRises The priest]]. (Although this too is an [[http://snopes.com/disney/films/minister.asp urban legend]].)
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: People love to throw up the "Ariel is a stupid bitch and a bad rolemodel role model for little girls who THROWS HER LIFE AWAY FOR A GUY" pseudo-reason, without bothering to dwell into her reasons and psyche (she already wanted to see the human world, Eric was mostly the push she needed to take the decision to go there, etc). Apparently a woman isn't allowed to fall in romantic love ''ever'', specially if it's a teenage girl with next-to-none real life experience!



* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: [[SomethingElseAlsoRises The priest]]. (Although this too is an [[http://snopes.com/disney/films/minister.asp urban legend]].)
13th Mar '16 3:53:21 PM PerfumePreppy
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** Gabriella in tv series, a deaf mermaid who used sign language (her octopus sidekick served as a translator) and appeared in two episodes. Fans love her, not just for being adorable but for being an example of positive representation in a kids' show.

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** Gabriella in tv series, a deaf mermaid who used sign language (her octopus sidekick served as a translator) and appeared in two episodes. Fans love her, not just for being adorable but also for being an example of positive representation in a kids' show.
13th Mar '16 3:52:48 PM PerfumePreppy
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** Gabriella in tv series, a deaf mermaid who used sign language (her octopus sidekick served as a translator) and appeared in two episodes. Fans see her adorable.

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** Gabriella in tv series, a deaf mermaid who used sign language (her octopus sidekick served as a translator) and appeared in two episodes. Fans see her adorable.love her, not just for being adorable but for being an example of positive representation in a kids' show.
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