About a week ago it was the 25th anniversary of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. As a child this was always one of my favorite Disney cartoons. (Although I never owned that one on VHS for some reason…) But anyways, recently I was thinking about the character of Ursula and her origin story.
For those of you who do not know, the original story of The Little Mermaid is not as quite as happy as Disney’s version. The princess Aerial wants to marry the prince, not just so that she can be human, but because Mermaids do not have souls. When they die, they become the foam of the ocean. So Ariel has about three days to make the prince fall in love with her, and if she doesn’t not only does she lose her chance at having legs. She loses her chance of having a soul. In the original story, her prince falls in love with some other walking biped, and she dies in the end, returning to the foam of the ocean. OH, it’s sad.
However, in the original tale, Ursula is not so evil. In fact, she’s pretty impartial. She does help Aerial get to land, but she doesn’t trick the Prince into falling in love with someone else. He did that on his own. So, I recently took a portrait of myself as Ursula, and then I found out that it was the 25th anniversary! How fortuitous!
There was quite a bit that went into the making of Ursula in the Disney cartoon, and I can’t find the website that I was reading last week that went into details about it. If I can find it, I will post it later, In the meantime, here is my rendition of Ursula, the sea witch goddess.