Questioning Everything Disney Little To Much

Bad image For Girls?

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In Disney’s film “The Little Mermaid“, Ariel longs to be on land, and when she sees Prince Eric. His ship hits a storm and he gets knocked out and would have drowned without her help. So she saves him and sings him awake. He wakes, kind of sees her and decides he has to find the girl who saved him and marry her. Now, Ariel,  not knowing anything about him really, she decided that she has to be with him. So, she meets Ursula, the sea witch, and asks Ursula to help her. Ursula offers her a deal: “I give you legs, and you get three days to get dear old princey to fall in love with you and get him to kiss you. If you don’t get him to before the suns sets on the third day, you turn back into a mermaid and I own you. All I want is your voice as payment.”

Now at that point, I’d be thinking, “Uh, hell no. I’ll find some other way. I’m not giving a piece of me for some guy I barely know and there’s no guarantee that it’ll work.” But Ariel doesn’t think like me obviously. Because she takes the deal, get’s her legs, and gives up her voice. No more talking, singing. Zip. She get’s on land, and by chance, Eric finds her, thanks to his dog Max. But since she can’t talk and he knows that the girl who saved him was singing, he figures it can’t be her. So he just decides to help her anyway. and for three days, Scuttle and Sebastian are trying to help her and to no avail, and during the second night, Ursula sees that Ariel is getting close so she disguises herself as a human named Vanessa, hypnotizes Eric, and gets him to marry her. Ariel’s heart broken. But Scuttle finds out it’s Ursula in disguise and tells Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder. Scuttle and other sea creatures stall the wedding and Ariel get’s there just in time for Ursula’s necklace, containing Ariel’s voice to break and Ariel gets her voice back and Eric’s hypnotism is broken and he realizes she’s “the one” and goes to kiss but the sun sets before he can and she goes mermaid. Long story short, Ariel and Eric kill Ursula, Triton, Ariel’s dad, realizes she does love Eric, and turns her into a human. Ariel gets what she wanted.

Now I get a couple things from this. One: change everything for a guy you want but hardly know. That’s a terrible message to send to girls. Ariel gave up everything for Eric when there was no guarantee that she’d get the prince.

Second: Disobey your parents. Don’t worry, you’ll get what you want in the end. Triton forbade her to go to the surface and she disobeyed him and when he finds out,instead of punishing her like a parent should, he gives her what she wanted. Talk about spoiling your kids.

Thirdly: How do we know that they had true love? I mean, he didn’t get to kiss her before the sun set. I mean, love, sure. But true love? I don’t know. And you have to think there’d be a lot of issues in that relationship, seeing as she grew up in the sea and is probably vegetarian and won’t eat seafood. And Eric’s kingdom obviously must rely mostly on  seafood. Meaning Eric probably grew up on a steady diet of Ariel’s friends. Hhmmm. Probably not the best match in my opinion.

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