why is Ursula shunned from King Triton’s society? does it have something to do with being more powerful than him? why does King Triton have a magical trident, being otherwise a pretty regular merman? Ursula is a witch, if anyone should have a magical artifact it should be her, did King Triton steal it?
and finally, Ursula didn’t do Ariel much wrong
Ariel wanted some legs (and a vagina) and Ursula told her flat out that in the surface world you can have a vagina or a voice, not both
i’d watch the hell out of a movie about Ursula
“Ursula told her flat out that in the surface world you can have a vagina or a voice, not both”
ohhhh shit though, ursula was being too real about the world
although perhaps a bit too literal
Okay, these were all excellent points and I’ll never see The Little Mermaid the same way again.
I laughed at that caption at first then the reality actually hit me
you can have a vagina or a voice, not both”
How about the part where Ursula explicitly preys upon the desperate (the “poor souls with no one else to turn to”), gives them an impossible price to pay, and then takes possession of them when they can’t pay up?
And don’t forget how Ursula spends the movie going out of her way to make sure Ariel cannot get the kiss that will make the transformation permanent—and if she turns back into a mermaid, part of the deal is that Ariel will belong to Ursula. The implication is that this is how Ursula put together her vast store of poor unfortunate souls.
Ursula is actually one of my favorite Disney villains because she’s just so damn fun to watch, but she’s explicitly BAD. There’s no way to justify the lengths she goes to to enslave merpeople, including Ariel. Sometimes a villain is just a villain, and the back bends people do to redeem them drive me nuts.
Did Triton steal Ursula’s trident? What??? No, obviously not, because it is part and parcel with his crown as a symbol of his rank, hence Ursula taking both when she takes his soul. (Also, if we’re going back to myth, he inherited it from his father Poseidon.)
And if Ursula is so misunderstood, I guess it’s cool that she hypnotizes Eric and then tries to flat out murder him and Ariel? That’s all fine?
Also yes yes I get the “vagina or voice” thing, it’s a powerful line, but it’s not a literal truth. Ursula didn’t NEED the voice to work the magic. She just named her price: Ariel’s greatest and most recognizable asset, the thing by which Eric would recognize her (because remember, Ursula has been explicitly spying on Ariel in order to manipulate her and take Triton’s kingdom). And she specifically chose the thing that would let her control Eric and undermine Ariel. She was never bargaining in good faith.
Ursula is my #1 favorite Disney villain, but there is a difference between someone being a good VILLAIN and a good PERSON and that’s really actually okay. Let Ursula be fabulously evil, and don’t drag the good guys through the mud in your haste to redeem would-be murderers and usurpers.