From Andersen to Disney

This mermaid—afraid to die and dissolve into sea foam, lovesick, dreaming—pulled an audience to her irresistibly. Walt Disney saw. ‘I look for a story with heart,’ Disney said of his scouting eye. ‘It should be a simple story with characters the audience can really care about. They’ve got to have a rooting interest.'”

Salon.com on the evolution of Ariel

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