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.
I drew my abusive stepmom a picture of Ariel when I was 13 and it turned out looking pretty great and realistic and I put so much effort into it and a few days later I found it in her room in the wastebasket. I ended up crying myself to sleep that night. No matter what I did growing up I never made her happy, making me believe something was wrong with me. It didn’t ruin the movie for me, but I always remember what she did whenever I watch TLM
I grew up with a lot of Disney and became a big reader in Middle School. When I first read the original Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Little Mermaid I started crying. I later felt better because I saw how Disney puts both light and darkness in their films. Fans talk harshly about the inaccuracy and I wish they took into consideration the fact that watching these movies is the only thing that lets people feel hope when life grows uncertain–as good or bad as the execution may be. I appreciate Disney more because of the once bad endings.