I Watched "The Little Mermaid" As An Adult And I Am No Longer An Ariel And Eric Shipper
Trading your voice for a man you hardly know seems like a poor decision in hindsight.
So, one of my favorite Disney movies as a kid was The Little Mermaid.
It's been a long time since I've seen the movie, so I decided to rewatch it. And...guys, I hate to say it, but I am no longer an Ariel and Eric shipper. Allow me to explain:
So, their story starts with Ariel saving Eric's life. I'll admit that was very nice of her.
But then when Ariel is trying to figure out if Eric is alive or not, she just starts singing. Ariel, I know you want to explore the human world, and I respect that — but we have bigger problems here!
Luckily, Eric turns out to be alive. I guess he didn't mind her singing.
Still, this seems like a BIT much for someone Ariel has never actually had a conversation with. How do you know Eric isn't, like, a total dick?
We all know what happens next: Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch. But has anyone ever really stopped to think about what a TERRIBLE deal this is?
If you're gonna potentially sign your life away, shouldn't you at least read the contract?
I mean, does Ariel even have a plan to get Eric to fall in love with her other than just staring at him?
Imagine if Eric didn't like her back — this could have easily turned into the story of the creepy mermaid stalker.
Good thing for Ariel, Eric does seem to like her back — he just only recognizes her voice. As a side note, this reminds me a lot of Austin not recognizing Sam without her mask in A Cinderella Story.
Now, this brings me to my other big issue. Why doesn't Ariel just write Eric a goddamn note?!
Then again, Ariel thought a fork was a hairbrush, so...maybe she didn't know how to write? But wait, she signed the contract, so she clearly at least knows how to write her name. I need answers, Disney!
Somehow, Ariel and Eric manage to fall in love and get their "true love's kiss."
I guess I'm happy for them, or whatever. Still seems like a bit of a leap to jump straight into marriage, though. Ever heard of a date?!
ANYWAY. I still love The Little Mermaid, but I am strongly rethinking Ariel and Eric's relationship. In conclusion:
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Do you think Ariel and Eric are still together?
vote votesDuh, they're in love.
vote votesNah, they definitely divorced after the sequel.