The Way We Loved The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid first hit theaters 24 years ago, and at that point in time it was the most important cinematic event in our young lives. The mermaids, the hair, the snarfblats—it all had us on the edge of our seats laughing, crying, wishing we had a fin. Go back in time with us for a moment and relive the way we loved The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid

During the intro, we immediately decided we wanted to be merpeople and live in this castle, and that no other lifestyle would suit us.

Castle from The Little Mermaid

We used to try to decide which of the sisters we wanted to be based on the colors of their tails…

The Little Mermaid

…until Ariel appeared on screen. Then all we could think about was how much we wanted her hair.

The Little Mermaid

We never did NOT do this if we were in water. Pools, bathtubs, sprinklers: all hair flips, all the time.

Ariel flipping her hair in The Little Mermaid

And we started brushing our bangs to the side for full “Ariel shelf bangs” effect.

Ariel's hair in The Little Mermaid

We also took to calling forks “dinglehoppers”…

The Little Mermaid

…and used them to brush our hair, much to the dismay of any adults at the dinner table.

Ariel brushing her hair in The Little Mermaid

AND THEN we saw Prince Eric for the first time.

Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

And we felt a little bit like this:

Ariel sees Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

But those warm, fuzzy feelings were soon replaced by total fear at how angry King Triton could get. Terrifying.

King Triton in The Little Mermaid

His temper tantrums definitely had us second-guessing our initial desire to become mermaids.

King Triton in The Little Mermaid

Luckily Scuttle was there for some comic relief. We cracked up at his Snarfblat demonstration.

Scuttle in The Little Mermaid

Flounder was cool too, and we just wanted to give him a big hug, even though he was kind of a guppy.

The Little Mermaid

We also took to calling all of our toys “thingamabobs,” of course.

Thingamabobs The Little Mermaid

And you couldn’t stop us from singing “Part of Your World” all the time, though we clearly didn’t have the same vocal range as Ariel.

Ariel sings in The Little Mermaid

We wanted to learn French so we could talk like this crazy guy:

French Chef in The Little Mermaid

And we were never more frustrated in our entire lives than when Eric refused to just kiss the girl.

Kiss The Girl The Little Mermaid

Okay, okay, slightly more frustrating than that missed opportunity was everything Ursula did.
Like this:

Ursula in The Little Mermaid

And this:

Ursula in The Little Mermaid

So we were cheering in our seats when Ariel’s undersea friends showed Ursula/Vanessa a thing or two.

The Little Mermaid

And in the end, we realized that King Triton wasn’t as scary as we first thought, and that he kind of had a soft side.

King Triton in The Little Mermaid

And soon after, we were planning our future wedding dresses to include puffy sleeves like Ariel’s.

Ariel's wedding in The Little Mermaid

Then we cried our eyes out for a while.

Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Then insisted on watching it again!

The Little Mermaid

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