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About: Since my Racebent Rapunzel was so popular, I figured I would imagine other characters as filipino too. (:
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|Why are Ariel and Aurora included in your fav. princesses? Ariel gave up her family,life, her voice (literally) for a guy who didn't know her. Aurora slept for most of her movie so you don't really get a feel for her personality but she seemed nice. Just wondering.|
I think you’ve misconstrued Ariel’s story quite a bit, and we’ve talked about it a lot.
Just remember that she was fascinated by the human world and wanted desperately to have legs long before she ever saw Eric. “Part of Your World” establishes her motives prior to Eric’s introduction. And she only goes to Ursula after her father destroys her most prized possessions like literally every material possession she cared about, at the same time massively disrespecting her lifelong dream, passions and interests. Yeah, it’s convenient that she ended up with Eric as well, but she’d been just as happy without him. You have to remember that it’s Ursula, the villain, who frames the deal as having to kiss Eric before three days. She doesn’t go to Ursula to GET Eric, she goes to become human and everything that comes with it. But Ursula knows that using Eric as a variable gives her a leg up in the bargain, because humans are unpredictable.
As for Aurora, I’ll let Alex answer this but I know personally that I find the music to be beautiful and the animation of the film is awesome too!
I’m shipping you… and me!
I just wasted a lot of time in photoshop… bleh
This was made for Alex and I<3
|I think personally that Mulan is the bravest because, well, she saved China, but she also did it romantic interest directly affecting her or moving her to do so, differently than Pocahontas that a lot of the things she did were for John Smith, and Ariel for Eric|
Tbh I disagree with you a bit.
First, Pocahontas’ (the character not the real person obvs) was always first and foremost concerned with the welfare of her village. Yes, she does fall for John Smith but don’t for a second believe that getting to know him didn’t also mean finding a way to reconcile her village (and the surrounding villages that come to their aid) with the Jamestown colony. She knows exactly what will happen if war starts between her village and the colonizers. She’s seen their weapons, she watched Kocoum die from a bullet. She’s heard John Smith talk about their strength. And she tries her damndest to make peace between the two groups. When she throws herself down on top of John Smith, yes it’s partly because she loves him and doesn’t want him to die, but she also knows that the minute Smith dies, that the colonizers will fire on her people and that her people will not win the fight. She wants the well being of her people, desperately. It’s not about John Smith. Smith has just become the figurehead for the colonizers the way that Pocahontas was the figurehead for her people.
And need I remind you that even after Smith sacrifices himself to save her father and then asks her to come back to England with him, she declines and says goodbye to her love interest in order to stay behind and take care of her village by fostering a good relationship between her village and the Jamestown colony. She’s the only princess who has a love interest (a prince in the merchandise) that she doesn’t end up with. She’s the only one who doesn’t get the stereotypical happy ending. And the reason for that is that she sacrifices her personal feelings for her people, over and over again.
As for Ariel, I think Triton destroying her collection drives her to Ursula more than Eric ever did. Ariel dreamt of the surface her entire life. Yes, she fell in love with Eric but the surface world was so much more than just one man to her.
Anastasia and Ariel
"It sparkles like the ocean!"
Photo shoot with Ariel in her new dress!
Someone asked for this.
So here we go!
I would like to take this moment to say I will happily create femslash art r edits at request.
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Also request art you say???
Why yes! I do say!
I am taking all Disney Femslash requests here, movies, sequels, and shows!
There’s a reason The Little Mermaid is one of my fave Disney films, even as an adult. There’s scenes and themes that make me tear up no matter how old I am. The most prominent of these is the “Part of that World” theme that’s Ariel’s driving motivation throughout the movie. Leaving aside the polarization of the human and mer-world, and the problematic siphoning of Ariel’s desires and dreams into heterosexual marriage, I want to appreciate the song ‘Part of your World’ for a second and what it means to me not only as a girl who’s always wanted more, but as a brown grl living a diasporic life. Firstly, look at Ariel’s face here
Look at how excited she is, how full of dreams. I mean this is a girl that’s lived her entire life under the Sea and yet is brave enough to want to walk on land, and be part of the human world, and learn and grow. She doesn’t hesitate to say “I want more” and that’s pretty damn amazing because how often do young girls get to see their desires and dreams validated? How often does a movie give us celebrations of a young girl’s ambition, her curiosity, her desire? I remember this feeling exactly. This was me at 14 reading Shakespeare and Wordsworth for the first time and dreaming of England. This was me winning all the essay contests at my school and still hungering for more, knowing there was more.
And really, Ariel, like me, had consumed every bit of knowledge she could access: the ‘gadgets and gizmos’, the ‘who’s its and what’s its’ and “thingamabobs”, but it’s not enough, she wants the authenticity of her own experience, she wants to touch and taste and feel and live the things she’s read about. Girls are often encouraged to remain content with experiencing life through a window; it’s boys who go forth and get bruised and experience things. But here’s Ariel saying I WANT THAT TOO and i want it really badly and I’m going to sing about it because my desires matter.
Now look at these:
She wants to learn, to know, to understand. Education is what she values. As an immigrant girl I can’t stress enough how much this speaks to me. When you grow up in the Third World you grow up knowing that education is your lifeline, it’s what’s gonna open the doors of the world for you, it’s what’s gonna help you survive. You value it and treasure it and suck up every drop you can because even this resource is limited, and monopolized elsewhere by people with more power and wealth. Ariel touching the candleflame in this painting is particularly poignant - the painting is Magdalene with the Smoking Flame by Georges de la Tour - because it symbolizes women’s struggle for education and enlightenment. Just like the Magdalene, Ariel has only been privy to watching, not doing. The Magdalene’s pensive, waiting posture mirrors her own life as a mermaid looking up at the world she wants. It’s even more amazing that Ariel touches the flame, signifying her desire to experience knowledge rather than just witness it; she does what the woman in the painting can’t, she’s breaking a historical barrier and taking what she wants.
I wanna talk about the reprise of “Part of your World” too because there’re some beautiful,amazing moments. First, this:
the way she says “he’s so beautiful.” How many times do we get a disney princess saying that about a man? How many times in media do we get this, even in adult media? Not often! And the yearning and wonder in her voice isn’t downplayed at all, it’s there in all its sensual and innocent beauty.
And then, when she’s watching him walk away, just look at her face, LOOK at the yearning and the determination all trembling there because that’s it, that’s all she has: her desire and her courage
I mean this part always makes me tear up because that was ME, that was me when I was 17 and looking at college applications and dreaming of countries three oceans away, countries I’d never been to, countries I’d seen in countless movies and read about in books, countries where I was convinced I HAD to be in order to follow my dreams. Shailja Patel, the Kenyan desi poet, writes about the trembling desires of young brown immigrant kids so well when she says:
" the shilling falls against the pound / college fees for overseas students / rise like flood tides / love is a luxury / priced in hard currency / ringed by tariffs / and we devour prospectuses / of ivied buildings smooth lawns vast / libraries the way Jehovah’s witnesses / gobble visions of paradise / because we know we’ll have to be / twice as good three times as fast four times as driven / with angels powers and principalities on our side just / to get / on the plane"
and then, the next clip:
Look at her it’s like she’s preparing to launch herself off the rock, out of the sea and into the human world, she’s literally ready to propel herself into a new life, her posture embodies the fierce desire she’s been singing about, and this, right here, in this scene, is when Ariel is the most beautiful to me, because it’s where I see myself in her.
There’s a lot about Disney I hate, and they do a ton of fucked up shit. But one of the few things they got right was this song, and this girl’s yearning, something that’s still radical after all these years.
For all the dreaming mermaids out there, the diaspora kids and the immigrant grls: go get ‘em bb grl xoxoxoxox
good post from you, as always :)
i promised sofiyah some disney a while ago and recently i’ve also had this pressing urge to draw some mermaids of color so here is a racebent ariel!!!