Watched this for the first time tonight. Got me right in the feels.
Somewhere along the line this became a Disney appreciation blog.
Say what you will about this book, it has a perfect opening paragraph.
The Little Mermaid (1989). Ariel is a mermaid with a fascination for the human world. She lives in Atlantis with her single father and six older sisters. After a storm, she rescues a human man - Prince Eric - and falls keenly in love with him, causing her to make a bargain with the sea witch to get legs in order to be with him. As a part of this bargain, she loses her voice - the only part of her that Eric remembers. With the Sea Witch’s deadline, Ariel has to woo Eric in three days to keep her legs and her life.
This film means a lot to me on a whole lot of different levels and one day I’ll write about that properly. But not now. Now, just know that this is a great film, a pinnacle, I believe, of Disney’s Golden Age and a wonderful representation of strong women, love, father-daughter relations and faith, not in higher powers, but in each other. It’s beautifully directed, written and scored and actually, a helluva lot better than a lot of the films nominated for bigger awards this year. But I’ll get to that. Eventually anyway.
Long story short - watch this movie.
YES YES YES!! I love this. FOREVER REBLOG!!
YOU GO GIRL!
I’m going to point out again for those who don’t click links: This young woman was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of women’s rights in Pakistan.
She is fifteen years old. She is also still alive. It is likely that she will suffer lifelong language and coordination difficulties given where she was shot (left side of her head) but she hasn’t given up her fight.
While Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a Fatwa against the men who tried to murder her, the Taliban has re-iterated its intent to murder her and her father.
I can’t express how much of a hero this woman is. She’s only fifteen, and yet she’s faced such impossible odds, and she’s still fighting. I just wish there was something I could do to help her.
This girl is an absolute hero. If I had even one tenth of the courage she had, I’d be proud.
Women At Work, art by Leonard Dove. Detail from March 22, 1952 New Yorker Magazine.
“You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts.”