Mermaid serves prince who doesnt appreciate her

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mermaid serves prince who doesn't appreciate her sacrifices for him he marries someone else mermaid becomes sea foam she is allowed to spend the next 300 years as an invisible spirit doing good deeds then she will earn an immortal soul mermaid's period of service is contingent on behavior of children mermaid's family is royalty, but pagan merpeople = invisible to humans upward social mobility through suffering unwilling to return to own kind has beautiful voice parallels to HCA never fully accepted not seen as someone to marry fond of them, but like a dog sleeps on a bed by the door prince and mermaid he cross-dresses her as a page never realizes that she has saved him he doesn't meet reqs of the deal with the sea witch 4/9/13 Disney's Little Mermaid -planned since 1930s -animator Kay Nielsen prepared sketches for several Han's Christian Andersen's stories -movie appeared 1989, took 4 years -beginning of new era for Disney -not just for children -directed at adolescents and adults -more sexual innuendo -active, adventurous princess -wants to get her man -teenage girl's sexual awakening and rebellion against father's control -music and overall concept -Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
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-patterned on broadway musicals -music helps advance the plot and personalities -theatrical -HCA/Disney differences -got rid of downbeat ending -created strong female villian -good triumph over evil -girl's dreams come true -becomes about romance/happily ever after -added animal sidekicks -characters get names -no grandmother/supportive sisters -expanded roles of triton, ursula, eric -intro of cosmic struggle (ariel is a pawn) -male vs female rule of the sea -mermaid becomes: adventurous, active, upbeat, determined, rebellious, defiant -mermaid's goal wants true love instead of a soul -true love introduced earlier and then ursula tricks him later -female companions become male companions -pain/suffering eliminated -ariel always dressed like a girl -ariel get's her man with her father's blessing -hidden sexual items -phallus in the palace -happy priest at wedding 4/11/13 Disney’s Little Mermaid Cont. Disney & Gender -everything is gendered (animals, flowers, etc) and in couples Ursula -patterned on a drag queen (Divine) -“unnatural” drag queen -original sketches follow pattern or other Disney villains (nails, green eyes, teeth) -voiced by Pat Carroll (known for cross-dressing) -masquerade, performance of gender = camp (taking something of bad taste and performing it as if it were good taste) -she says men want: don’t talk to much body language compare to Gaston’s song from Beauty and the Beast The Disney Kiss 4/18/13: Cinderella Scottish tale: “Rashin Coatie” -first recorded by Andrew Lang (1878) -much older in origin -king + lovely daughter -stepmother and 3 ugly girls (envious of king’s daughter) -made her sit in kitchen nook -gave her garment of rushes to wear
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-magical red calf: fulfilled all her wishes -stepmother had calf butchered -dead calf said to daughter: take me bone by bone and put me by the stone -wishes still granted
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