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The little Mermaid was released on November 17 1989 and is largely accredited with being the film that heralded the beginning of the 디즈니 Renaissance. With the average production time of an animated 디즈니 film being 6 years this film was developed in the height of the 80’s.


The assignment of designing the heroine Ariel was left to animator Glen Keane who would go on to animate other 디즈니 characters such as the Beast, 알라딘 and Tarzan. He wanted the heroine to be reminiscent of the traditional 디즈니 Princesses while at the same time being relatable to the ‘modern girl'. A common misconception is that Ariel was only modeled after a young Alyssa Milano. Other 모델 includeding Glen Keane's wife were sources of inspiration.
Sherri Stoner

While the live action model for Ariel was an obscure actress named Sherri Stoner, Alyssa did exemplify the 80’s teenager, which was reflected in Ariel. So the assumption is only partly true because Glen Keane did in fact referr to such young girls as Alyssa Milano to see what hair styles were in and what was considered beautiful in teens at the time.
의해 John William Waterhouse

Glen Keane also turned to classical artwork for reference material. Although the reason for Ariel's bold red hair color is unknown, it is highly reminiscent of one of the most famous mermaid paintings 의해 John William Waterhouse in 1901. Waterhouse was known for his depictions of fictional female characters from mythology, literature and fairytales. This mermaid is combing her hair; an iconic image that would make its way into the 디즈니 film as the dinglehopper.
의해 Edvard Eriksen

Another 출처 of inspiration was The Sculpture of the Little Mermaid created 의해 Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksenwho shared a name similar to that of Prince Eric (though 더 많이 likely named after animator Eric Larson) Animators ended up deciding against the double finned look in this piece and resorted to the traditional single fin. However the sculpture did not go forsaken as it is the last pose Ariel takes as a mermaid in the film.

For the sake of maintaining a G-rating, it was easy enough to slap on a clamshell bra but what would Ariel wear when she became human?


When it comes to Ariel’s land attire, not much is original. While the time period is clearly the late 1700's Ariel's outfits are very much misplaced. This being the first 디즈니 Princess film in nearly 20 years the animators decided to pay tribute to the first three princesses; Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora. Much like Gizelle in the recent film Enchanted, bits and pieces of her princess predecessors were incorporated into Ariel’s clothing.




Not many people are aware that Ariel’s 담홍색, 핑크 evening 겉옷, 가운 was directly inspired 의해 all three 디즈니 Princesses prior. Her puffed shoulders are the same 디자인 of Snow White’s dress. The shoulder line and long sleeves come from Aurora. Then the bust cut, large 치마 and overlaying fabric on the sides are from Cinderella’s ball gown. The soft 담홍색, 핑크 color was chosen not from Aurora’s dress but Cinderella’s original 담홍색, 핑크 dress that got destroyed 의해 her stepsisters.




The blue dress that Ariel wears to town with Eric is also a woven mush of dresses prior. The 상단, 맨 위로 half was taken from Briar Rose’s peasant outfit, the length of the 치마 is the same as Snow White’s, the low neck line and the blue color scheme is of course from none other than Cinderella. (who, 의해 the 1980's was being advertised as having a blue dress)




But what doesn’t scream the 1980’s 더 많이 than giant puffed sleeves? 더 많이 identifiably ‘modern’ at the time, Ariel’s wedding dress still had features borrowed from Aurora, most notably the lacing trim where the waist meets the 치마 and, once again, the long sleeves.





In the end it is Ariel's glittery slip of a dress which reigns as the most original in the entire film. Like Ariel herself, it is completely unique and equally chic 의해 even today's standards. Ariel has come to be one of the most 인기 of 디즈니 Princess to 일 and rightfully so. No matter how much her clothes resemble those of princesses past, she is a true 디즈니 Original. Through her, 디즈니 emotionally explored a character's soul like it had never done before and effectively created a character in which young children all over the world can share in the aggravating angst of wanting something that we all feel at some point in our lives.