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The Little Mermaid is evil.
 

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Why is the Little Mermaid evil, Jen?
I have a particular distaste for the Disney version. I see it as someone selling her soul to get her man. Throw in yet another bumbling Disneyesque parental figure, lots of innuendo inappropriate for the target audience, some subtle fat jokes and well, yeah.
 

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Yes I tend to despise the disney treatment that reduces women to simpering weak girls who only want a husband. All those qualities of cleverness and resourcefulness seem to go out the window in favour of pining for a prince. The original Anderson story is more interesting as she goes to the prince to gain her a soul and have eternal life.

I feel that way about teh 1939 wizard of Oz. It takes away most of Dorothy's heroic qualities and makes her a crybaby.

(off topic, sorry)
 

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What type of innuendos are in The Little Mermaid? I don't recall anything like that.

On the positive side, TLM contains one of the (very few) sympathetic depictions of "sea life" trying to avoid becoming a "seafood dinner". In one scene, Sebastion the crab frantically escapes a chef who is trying to boil him.
 

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On the positive side, TLM contains one of the (very few) sympathetic depictions of "sea life" trying to avoid becoming a "seafood dinner". In one scene, Sebastion the crab frantically escapes a chef who is trying to boil him.
YES! That was most notable in my brain when I was little. Sebastion's predicament made me avoid my (then) beloved shrimp and crab meats for nearly a year after watching that movie. My parents thought I'd gone mad.
 

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I have a particular distaste for the Disney version. I see it as someone selling her soul to get her man. Throw in yet another bumbling Disneyesque parental figure, lots of innuendo inappropriate for the target audience, some subtle fat jokes and well, yeah.
yes you're right. but, i used to have an Ariel shower curtain in my bathroom...i guess when i was little i didn't notice the things in Disney movies that now kinda piss me off. those kind of things can shape attitudes of children to some degree. TV and movies have a powerful effect on kids, especially young ones because they tend to believe the characters and stories to be real. i used to re-enact the stories with my dolls.
 

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Savannah, precisely why my parents refused to take me to see Disney's animated movies. The few I've seen are the ones I went to with my niece and nephew when they were kids, or watched on television (Dumbo). I've never seen The Little Mermaid, or Bambi, even.
 

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The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I can see all the things you guys are saying about it (except the sexual innuendo). But for me, then, it was about a mermaid wanting to be human, and the cute guy was the bonus. She wanted to be human before she saw him, didn't she? She was always swimming near the surface, which she wasn't supposed to do, and checking out human stuff that had fallen to the ocean floor.
 

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i also used the villians like Scar, Cruella DeVille, Ursuala and Maleficent etc. interchangeably in my doll re-enactments or stories that i would play with my mom or sister or dad. they were 'the bad guys' whom i was always striving to defeat, being so heroic and all hehe. sometimes when i was older i got to be Shan Yu and my sister was Mulan, so then i was playing the villian lol, but i was almost a teen by then
 
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