What’s a Warner Brothers character doing in a Disney movie?
In 1964, Warner Brothers released “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” staring the hilariously talented (and future Disney veteran) Don Knotts. The story, partly animated and partly live-action, follows the story of one Mr. Limpet and how, after falling into the ocean, he is magically changed into a fish and becomes a WWII hero, using natural sonar to aid allied ships in the war effort.
The film was a hit, but what does Disney have to do with all of this? Mr. Limpet’s character designer and animation director was Disney veteran Vladimir “Bill” Tytla, well-renowned for bringing to life such Disney legends as the demon Chernaborg in Fantasia, the puppeteer/villain Stromboli in Pinocchio, and even when baby Dumbo takes a bath in Dumbo!
Later on, in the late 1980s, when Disney was hard at work on the Little Mermaid, animators working on the film couldn’t help but pay homage to a legendary artist who helped inspire them to carry on the legacy of animated excellence. Thus, at the end of the “Under the Sea” number, when all the fish are in their frozen pose, one can spot the incredible Mr. Limpet among the school of fish.
But Mr. Limpet’s story doesn’t end there! Later on, when imagineers were building “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” attraction at Disney’s California Adventure, a Mr. Limpet animatronic gets to play his part as well!
In the “Under the Sea” scene, just after you past Ariel, behind and to the right, hidden behind a clamshell and seaweed is the indelible Mr. Limpet, watching with his iconic Don Knott’s grin as Flounder dances with the Carmen Miranda fish.
Disney believes in its past and is optimistic for its future. It remembers those who played a role, even if they have gone on to other things, and continues again and again to pay homage to the people who laid the groundwork for what they are accomplishing today!
Ursula's appearance was largely inspired by American actor and drag queen Divine. Clements eventually decided to place Ursula's head on top of the body of an octopus instead, which ultimately resulted in her current design. The animators then studied the way in which octopuses move, explaining, "There was a very kind of seductive and yet scary aspect", which they incorporated into the character's own gait. "There’s no limit to how low Ursula will stoop to achieve her goals"; the character often relies on a combination of sorcery and deception to achieve them. "A bargainer of the worst kind", Ursula only agrees to help the less fortunate when she's confident that she can gain something from them in return. as a sea witch who is scheming to take advantage of the ambitions of King Triton's youngest daughter Princess Ariel in order to usurp the throne and turning merpeople into polyps for her garden. When Ariel saves and falls in love with a human named Prince Eric much to her father's chagrin, Ursula temporarily grants Ariel's wish to live as a human for three days in return for her voice.
Ariel and Sebastian are BFFs.
While Flounder frolics under the sea, these two share funny stories and a brisk walk through Prince Eric's garden. Ariel loves using her land legs, if you remember the previously posted Kiss the Girl photo shoot.
"You are hopeless, child. You know that. Completely hopeless."
"I hope that you appreciate what I go through for you, young lady! Now, we got to make a plan to get that boy to kiss you. Tomorrow, when he takes you for that ride, you gotta look your best! You gotta bat your eyes like this."
“The seaweed is always greener, in somebody's elses' lake. The human world, it’s a mess.”
"And don’t you shake your head at me, young lady! Maybe there’s still time. If we could get that witch to give you back your voice, you could go home with all the normal fish and just be."
Morgana is the younger sister of the wicked sea witch named Ursula, whose place she takes as the main antagonist of Disney's 2000 direct-to-video animated sequel film The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, the sequel to Disney's 28th full-length animated feature film The Little Mermaid. Like her sister, she is a cecaelia, a species of water-dwelling (near mermaid-like creatures) but with the bottom half of an octopus and appears in the second Little Mermaid movie together with her minions Undertow, Cloak and, Dagger. She is Melody's arch-nemesis.
Morgana is very skinny, closer to a squid than an octopus. She is younger than her sister, and her skin is light green. Morgana's octopus arms are green instead of purple like Ursula's. Also, her bottom portion of her body resembles a black gown. She can release ink from her tentacles.
When Morgana was young, she was liked less than Ursula by her mother. Morgana was criticized for her jealousy of Ursula. Their mother soon died as revealed by Morgana when she, herself, usurped King Triton's throne, becoming queen herself. A picture of Ursula and Morgana's mother was seen in the deleted scene "Gonna Get My Wish". It is less likely she was banished from King Triton's kingdom like her sister Ursula was.
The party celebrating Melody's birth is interrupted by Morgana attempting to prove her superiority over Ursula. She attempts to feed Melody to Undertow but fails when Prince Eric and Ariel rescue Melody. So, Morgana and her two manta rays, Cloak and Dagger, leave in a huge funnel.
Morgana, Undertow, Cloak, and Dagger live in an iceberg lair. Morgana is trying several attempts to change Undertow back into a shark, but all fail. Morgana believes that Trident is too powerful for her. It is revealed that Morgana does not like being criticized because her mother criticizes her and tell her she should be more like Ursula. It is also revealed that their mother favored Ursula more than Morgana. Morgana and Undertow argue about whose fault was what about hiding in the lair. Suddenly, Morgana's orb shines and shows her Melody discovering her grandfather's locket, inciting Morgana to use Melody to her advantage.
Like her older sister, Morgana is oppressive, cruel, sarcastic and manipulative. She shows that she hates being criticized in the film when she berates Undertow. She wants to steal the trident to prove her superiority over her sister. However, she lacks her sister's deviousness and gets easily upset when she is told that she is not as good as her when using potions, as shown when Morgana fails all attempts to turn Undertow back into a shark, much to her embarrassment. Morgana is shown to have twisted sense of humor, such as at the beginning when she grabbed Eric's advisor, Grimsby and said: "Now, is that fair Gramps, I asked you.". She tickled Grimsby's chin with her fingers and with a nice smile. She then said, "But then whoever said we had to play fair?". Though Morgana's personality is different, she does have the same objective as Ursula. Many people think that she was less interesting than Ursula. However, at the same time managed to hang on to the trident longer than her.
Although she ultimately desired vengeance against Ariel and Eric for their role in Ursula's death, she also simultaneously disliked and envied her sister due to her neglect from her mother, as the latter favored Ursula far more. This dislike is shown when she is shown to have a picture of her late sister where instead of treasuring said item, she fired darts at it out of spite when remembering their mother favored her. Also in a deleted song, she sung about how her sister "blew it!" and lost the trident to Ariel which led to her defeat before stating it was her time to take power.
Loungefly Ariel Dress and matching Loungefly handbag. The beautiful dress is part of the Dress Shop collection.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".