History YMMV / TheLittleMermaid

13th Dec '17 9:39:02 AM Pichu-kun
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: In ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'', the titular mermaid wants to gain an immortal soul like a human. A mermaid can gain a soul if they fall for a human. The mermaid just happened to fall for a prince. However, does the mermaid actually love her prince or is she using him to quell her fear of the CessationOfExistence?
7th Dec '17 7:49:37 PM Wingnut
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* JerkassWoobie: Ursula is one of the more ObviouslyEvil villains in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, but she's also a BenevolentBoss to Flotsam and Jetsam, and when [[spoiler:they get killed in a misfire]], her reaction was...not pretty.
5th Dec '17 10:07:18 AM Give1Take2
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** Speaking of "the whole deal with Ursula," for many viewers Ariel accepting Ursula's deal is this. ''Yes'', Ariel was devastated by [[KickTheDog her father destroying her treasures]], and thus wasn't thinking clearly. ''Yes'', Ursula is a {{manipulative bastard}} who deliberately waited until Ariel was at her most vulnerable to strike. ''And '''yes''''', Ariel is an impulsive teenager. And no, it's not portrayed by the film as "a good thing." However, for many viewers Ursula's status as an ObviouslyEvil DevilInPlainSight offering an almost literal DealWithTheDevil, coupled with the [[ImpossibleTask nearly impossible terms of her contract]] and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty harsh penalty for failing]], makes ''any'' deal with her come off as this. (It's even lampshaded in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXaeH0R0Rzg&t=279s deleted scene]].)
5th Nov '17 4:23:36 PM Pamina
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** Like the original story, this version can also be viewed as a gay allegory. Ariel's love is forbidden by her society, and like all too many gays and lesbians, she's forced to leave her prejudiced family behind and risk her very life (the threat of Ursula serving as a stand-in for hate crimes or AIDS) in order to truly be herself and love who she wants to love. She also faces the risk of Eric not returning her feelings (e.g. not sharing her orientation), or returning it but choosing a more "conventional" partner like "Vanessa" instead. Even though the happy ending is a hetero marriage, it can be seen to represent LGBTQ equality, with Ariel attaining the secure love, joy and acceptance that Andersen (bisexual) and lyricist Howard Ashman (gay and eventually died of AIDS) both undoubtedly longed for. The fact that it culminates in Triton making a ''rainbow'' appear over the newlyweds only enhances this vibe.

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** Like the original story, this version can also be viewed as a gay allegory. Ariel's love is forbidden by her society, and like all too many gays and lesbians, she's forced to leave her prejudiced family behind and risk her very life (the threat of Ursula serving as a stand-in for hate crimes or AIDS) in order to truly be herself and love who she wants to love. She also faces the risk of Eric not returning her feelings (e.g. not sharing her orientation), or returning it them but choosing a more "conventional" partner like "Vanessa" instead. Even though the happy ending is a hetero marriage, it can be seen to represent LGBTQ equality, with Ariel attaining the secure love, joy and acceptance that Andersen (bisexual) and lyricist Howard Ashman (gay and eventually died of AIDS) both undoubtedly longed for. The fact that it culminates in Triton making a ''rainbow'' appear over the newlyweds only enhances this vibe.
5th Nov '17 4:21:52 PM Pamina
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** Like the original story, this version can also be viewed as a gay allegory. Ariel's love is forbidden by her society, and like all too many gays and lesbians, she's forced to leave her prejudiced family behind and risk her very life (the threat of Ursula serving as a stand-in for hate crimes or AIDS) in order to truly be herself. She also faces the risk of Eric not returning her love (e.g. not sharing her orientation), or returning it but choosing a more "conventional" partner like "Vanessa" instead. Even though the happy ending is a hetero marriage, it can be seen to represent LGBTQ equality, with Ariel attaining the secure love, joy and acceptance that Andersen (bisexual) and lyricist Howard Ashman (gay and eventually died of AIDS) both undoubtedly longed for. The fact that it culminates in Triton making a ''rainbow'' appear over the newlyweds only enhances this vibe.

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** Like the original story, this version can also be viewed as a gay allegory. Ariel's love is forbidden by her society, and like all too many gays and lesbians, she's forced to leave her prejudiced family behind and risk her very life (the threat of Ursula serving as a stand-in for hate crimes or AIDS) in order to truly be herself. herself and love who she wants to love. She also faces the risk of Eric not returning her love feelings (e.g. not sharing her orientation), or returning it but choosing a more "conventional" partner like "Vanessa" instead. Even though the happy ending is a hetero marriage, it can be seen to represent LGBTQ equality, with Ariel attaining the secure love, joy and acceptance that Andersen (bisexual) and lyricist Howard Ashman (gay and eventually died of AIDS) both undoubtedly longed for. The fact that it culminates in Triton making a ''rainbow'' appear over the newlyweds only enhances this vibe.
31st Oct '17 12:01:59 PM RandomUser74
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** In Finland, the movie was dubbed twice. Fans can get quite intense which dub is better.

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** In Finland, the movie was dubbed twice. Fans can get quite intense about which dub is better.
31st Oct '17 12:00:52 PM RandomUser74
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** In Finland, the movie was dubbed twice. Fans can get quite intense which dub is better.
30th Oct '17 11:59:46 PM Pamina
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* Most of these interpretations can also apply to the Disney film, but with a more optimistic spin. The Disney version also has some interesting possible interpretations all its own: see below.

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* ** Most of these interpretations can also apply to the Disney film, but with a more optimistic spin. The Disney version also has some interesting possible interpretations all its own: see below.
30th Oct '17 5:34:36 PM Pamina
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** This can also be viewed as a story about growing up. In this interpretation, the merfolk's world represents childhood, while the human world represents adulthood. Like most 15-year-olds, the mermaid is eager to grow up and experience new freedom and adventures, especially romantic love. But when she actually enters the human/adult world, she faces tragic [[InnocenceLost loss of innocence]]], subjected to pain and hardships she never expected and never able to go back to the safe, happy world of her childhood. In this light, the story can be seen as a warning to children and teenagers not to go chasing after adulthood too soon and particularly to young girls not to [[DefiledForever throw away their innocence]] too soon for a man.

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** This can also be viewed as a story about growing up. In this interpretation, the merfolk's world represents childhood, while the human world represents adulthood. Like most 15-year-olds, the mermaid is eager to grow up and experience new freedom and adventures, especially romantic love. But when she actually enters the human/adult world, she faces tragic [[InnocenceLost loss of innocence]]], innocence]], subjected to pain and hardships she never expected and never able to go back to the safe, happy world of her childhood. In this light, the story can be seen as a warning to children and teenagers not to go chasing after adulthood too soon and particularly to young girls not to [[DefiledForever throw away their innocence]] too soon for a man.
30th Oct '17 5:34:20 PM Pamina
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** This can also be viewed as a story about growing up. In this interpretation, the merfolk's world represents childhood, while the human world represents adulthood. Like most 15-year-olds, the mermaid is eager to grow up and experience new freedom and adventures, especially romantic love. But when she actually enters the human/adult world, she faces tragic loss of innocence, subjected to pain and hardships she never expected and never able to go back to the safe, happy world of her childhood. In this light, the story can be seen as a warning to children and teenagers not to go chasing after adulthood too soon and particularly to young girls not to [[DefiledForever throw away their innocence]] too soon for a man.

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** This can also be viewed as a story about growing up. In this interpretation, the merfolk's world represents childhood, while the human world represents adulthood. Like most 15-year-olds, the mermaid is eager to grow up and experience new freedom and adventures, especially romantic love. But when she actually enters the human/adult world, she faces tragic [[InnocenceLost loss of innocence, innocence]]], subjected to pain and hardships she never expected and never able to go back to the safe, happy world of her childhood. In this light, the story can be seen as a warning to children and teenagers not to go chasing after adulthood too soon and particularly to young girls not to [[DefiledForever throw away their innocence]] too soon for a man.
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