My favorite childhood movie

Like most little girls, I was pretty into Disney movies growing up.  Princesses, and singing, and dancing.  What wasn’t to like?

Most of my friends were into the classics.  They wanted to watch Snow White.  Or Cinderella.  Not me.  My favorite was The Little Mermaid.

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I think I liked this movie because, like me, Ariel was a redhead.  It’s hard to find redheads in TV and movies.  Even as a child, I knew my red hair made me different, and I latched on to anyone who looked like me.  Even if she was a cartoon with fins instead of legs.

But just as Ariel wanted to be human, I wanted to be a mermaid.  She might have wanted to walk on land, but I wanted to swim all day.  How fun would that be?  When I would go swimming in the lake or ocean, I used to pretend I was mermaid.

Of course, now my adult logic gets in the way.  I realize if I really was a mermaid, my skin would get all wrinkly from being in the water all the time.  I don’t particularly like that feeling, so that would have been an issue.  Plus, what would I have eaten?  I love chicken, but there are no chickens under water.  And no, sorry Jessica Simpson, Chicken of the Sea doesn’t count.

So, OK.  Maybe my favorite movie influencing me to want to be a mermaid wasn’t the best idea.  But then again, I maintain that wearing glass shoes and eating apples from strangers aren’t exactly great ideas either.


11 thoughts on “My favorite childhood movie

  1. Scarlet wants to be a mermaid right now.
    And we’re going to the princess breakfast (actually lunch for us) at Epcot next week and she’s all, “I don’t want to go if Ariel isn’t there!”
    Enough about her.
    I loved the movie. It came out when I was ten or so. It made me breathless.
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  2. I was OLD when that movie came out…I think college. I remember babysitting kids when I was in med school and they had this movie on DVD to watch over and over again…so it had to have been out for a while by then. I was a Snow White girl growing up, but you make a good point about the apple thing. If she’d been available when I was little, I’d totally have been a Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I always had my nose in a book. –Lisa

  3. I don’t remember ever watching this movie when I was a kid. I think maybe because I was in middle school when it came out and I thought I was too grown to watch cartoon movies. Or something! Someone gave The Little Mermaid to my daughter when she was a toddler…and I more than made up for it, because she must have made me watch it 5,000 times over the years :)
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    1. That’s awesome! When I was a kid, I wanted to be the Little Mermaid for Halloween one year, but it was always waaaay too cold where I grew up for a mermaid costume.

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