Though she appeared in the film while it was in theaters she has been removed from all releases of the film since due to perpetuating a racist stereotype. Contents Background Personality Sunflower appears to be a very young Centaurette because she is smaller than the other Centaurettes. She is kind but can become angry if the other Centaurettes are not groomed properly. Appearance Sunflower is first seen shining the hooves of one Centaurette and then scrubbing it with a cattail.
In the original story, the sea witch is a neutral enabler, but for Disney's animated adaptation, the character was modified into a full-fledged antagonist and plays a larger role in the overall story. During pre-production, Ursula was not originally designed as a Cecaelia; a legendary hybrid of human and octopus.
It was thought that she would be another species of sea creatures, such as a rockfish or lion fish, or would have a snake-like appearance, as revealed in The Disney Sketchbook.
The production team then saw a documentary about octopi and decided that their multiple arms and imposing appearance would be perfect for the character they were creating.
Ursula is only drawn with six tentacles, due to the studio's budget and difficulty in coordinating eight tentacles though she has eight limbs if you include her arms. Pat Carroll has stated that this makes her a squid, though biologically she still resembles an octopus far more than any other sea-creature.
Moreover, a squid has ten tentacles, not six. Her basic look was based on the Drag performer Divine, but Divine died before they could get his voice. The character has been compared to Madame Medusa from The Rescuers in terms of style, dramatics, and choice of minions. Pat Carroll, Ursula's voice actress, envisioned the character as "part Shakespearean actress, with all the flair, flamboyance and theatricality, and part used-car salesman with a touch of con artist.
Vanessa During development, Vanessa's, Ursula's human alter ego, story arc went through radical changes as revealed by a leaked script online. Originally, Vanessa's method of hypnotizing Eric Legendary disney characters different; instead of suppressing his free will and eliminating his capability to display emotion, she let him have a broader range of Legendary disney characters and gave him some free will.
The point of this sort of hypnosis was to influence Eric in Vanessa's direction and accept her over Ariel on his own, emphasizing deception over the brute force from the final film. After Vanessa hypnotizes Eric, he introduces Ariel to her on the morning of the third day, announcing that they will be married by sunset.
This is vastly different from the final film where Ariel eavesdrops on their announcement before running away, never getting a good idea at who Vanessa is until Scuttle tells her.
To better conceal herself due to her being so close to Ariel, Vanessa wears a scarf in the original script as a way to hide her nautilus necklace and not arouse suspicion from Ariel. And when Ariel runs away, Eric is about to run after her, but Vanessa pulls him back and kisses him; using Eric's fake love for her as a way to intimidate him.
The scene inside the cabin is exactly the same as the film, but the wedding itself has noticeable differences. In the original, Vanessa was actually eager to marry Eric and was impatient about the wedding being done before sunset suggesting some ulterior motive aside from just taking Ariel.
In the original script, she also gets to actually say "I do" unlike in the final product. Vanessa isn't able to kiss Eric again, though, as the ceremony is disrupted by an explosion off the side of the ship and Scuttle's small army shows up and begins to attack Vanessa.
Vanessa fights back in the original version, much like in the film, but quickly stops when she realizes she is blowing her cover as a sweet innocent girl. She then begs Eric to protect her, which he does. Since Scuttle can't get close to Vanessa, he intends to reveal her true form to Eric by bringing up the mirror from her cabin.
He crashes into a pole and the mirror breaks, but Eric is able to see Vanessa for what she is the reflection of the water the sea creatures brought on board the ship. This breaks the illusion and he rejects her for Ariel. At this point, Vanessa's voice returns to sounding like Ursula's, presumably because the spell has been broken, and Eric and Ariel are about to embrace.
Much like in the final movie, the sun sets before they can kiss, and Vanessa turns back into Ursula, dragging Ariel back with her under the sea. In this ending, Ariel does not get her voice back until the very end, which changes the dynamic of the scene entirely.
No explanation was ever offered as to why this half of the ending was changed. On a separate note, early storyboard concept art revealed that Vanessa and Eric would have originally been married at the castle instead of on a ship, with Ariel lurking above in observance.
This change may have been made to add a sense of urgency for Ariel to stop the wedding by having it take place somewhere else. It also may have been done to create a better transition between the wedding scene and the final battle underwater.
Vanessa's role in the film is inspired by the original Andersen tale. In that story, after the prince has been rescued by the mermaid, he is found on the beach by a princess whom he believes to have saved him.
Later on, after the mermaid becomes human, she discovers that the prince will be marrying the maiden.The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.
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