I relate to the song “One Step Closer” from TLM on Broadway. I’ve always loved ballet because I don’t have to sing or talk- which causes me a lot of anxiety- I just have to dance, and it’s so beautiful.
Every time I watch The Little Mermaid, I always make sure to sing Part Of Your World. When I do, I often find myself crying towards the climax. I, too, feel like I’m not living the life I signed up for and wish for better things for myself. All of my friends and loved ones have bloomed and blossomed into amazing people. When’s it my turn?
I’m disabled/chronically ill and spent most of my childhood not being able to walk. I would always watch The Little Mermaid because I related to her wish to have legs and be able to walk. I’m 20 now and still feel very connected to Ariel. She’ll forever have a very special place in my heart.
I know that Disney movies need an arch and what not, but in movies like The Little Mermaid or Coco, when the family destroys the main character’s most treasured possessions, it reminds me of how my parents destroyed my hopes and dreams. Those movies just give me false hope, I’ve tried so hard but my parents will never change.
Chef Louis might be a stereotype “French Chef” but I love him anyway because I got to play him in my high school’s production of The Little Mermaid. I actually got the role partially because I’m already French, so I didn’t have to put on a fake accent for the song. It was honestly so much fun, and now “Les Poissons” is my go-to song for entertaining my friends and family.
I can’t enjoy TLM as much as I want to because of King Triton’s behavior. My father was extremely abusive when I was a kid and I can’t help but see how similar the things King Triton does to Ariel are to what my dad did to me, like destroying her possessions and limiting her of her free will to make decisions on her own and putting her under strict supervision over stupid things. I want to not heavily dislike King Triton, but I can’t help it when he reminds me of someone who ruined my life.