The Twisted Tale of an Obtuse Half-Human

1 May

Disney movies … they just don’t make them like they used to. I watched the newest Disney movie Tangled with a girlfriend this weekend, and it just didn’t speak to me in the way the classics used to. The late ’80s early ’90s Disney animated movies like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and above all, The Little Mermaid, weren’t expertly rendered in realistic-looking cartoons, but they were just better. The songs were catchy, the script didn’t try so hard to sound “cool,” and the characters were iconic.

You’re probably wondering about the title of this post, which is the real reason I wanted to write this. After watching several Little Mermaid clips on youtube, I looked up the movie’s profile page on IMDB to see what year it was released. I wanted to match my nostalgia with a specific age. All the movies’ profile pages have a short description, and The Little Mermaid description actually made me laugh out loud:

A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

I can just picture a parent reading that to their kid. “Well honey, it’s about an unscrupulous seahag, a real nasty bitch, and a quasi-human, a mermaid. The halfer makes a faustian bargain … wait, have you read any Goethe?”

It just seemed like an unnecessarily advanced wording of a simple Disney story line. But hey, maybe kids these days are reading Faust at a really young age?

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One Response to “The Twisted Tale of an Obtuse Half-Human”

  1. lisa 02/05/2011 at 11:06 am #

    That’s a hilarious description. It also prompts the question: Are there movies featuring seahags with scruples? I can’t think of any. Can you?

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