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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Thomas from "Pocahontas" (1995)

A callow youth, Thomas epitomizes the changing mood of the settlers. When we first see him he is kissing his mother goodbye on the dock in London - they may never see each other again. Within an instant, however, he is enthusiatic about the challenge of the voyage and door the prospect of serving with the great "savage" slayer John Smith. Later Smith saves his life as, during the storm at sea, Thomas very courageously attempts to...
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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Character beschrijving of Ursula from "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

The Emmy-winning Pat Carroll, who voiced the part of the sea-witch (spelt with a b), is a very experienced actress on both stage and screen. Carroll envisioned the role as "part Shakespearean actress, with all the flair, flamboyance and theatricality, and part used-car salesman with a touch of con artist". She deliberately deepend her own voice, especially for the singing (she's naturally a contralto); in an interview with Lou Cedrone...
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 Jodi Benson.
Jodi Benson.
It's often been zei that good things come to those who wait. But no one knows that axiom better than voice actor Jodi Benson. Who had to wait a full jaar after handing in her The Little Mermaid audition tape before Jodi then learned that she had won the role of a lifetime.

"Back in the Fall of 1986, I was appearing in Smile, a Broadway musical that Howard Ashman had written with Marvin Hamlisch. gegeven that Howard and Marvin were such huge talents, everyone thought that this toon would run forever. But that isn't what happened with Smile. It closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre after just 48...
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 Roger Ebert's Review of "The Little Mermaid" (1989)
Roger Ebert's Review of "The Little Mermaid" (1989)
Roger Ebert: **** (4 Stars)

Walt Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is a jolly and inventive animated fantasy - a movie that's so creative and so much fun it deserves comparison with the best Disney work of the past.

It's based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a prince, but the Disney animators have added a gallery of new supporting characters, including an octopus named Ursula who is their most satisfying villainess since the witch in "Snow White."

Watching "The Little Mermaid," I began to feel that the magic of animatie had been restored to us. After the...
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 The beautiful Vanessa
The beautiful Vanessa
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules door
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Vanessa from "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

When Ursula adopts human guise in order to ensnare Eric romantically (with the aid of Ariel's hostage voice), she takes for herself the name Vanessa. Vanessa so strongly resembles Ariel that it is easier to note the differences than the similarities. Some are superficial - the hair colour, for example - and others much meer fundamental. A curious feature of Vanessa is that, even though Ariel is in theory still a little...
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Disney’s Most-Requested Animated Treasure
Finally Comes Out Of The gewelf, kluis -- October 3, 2006!


Walt Disney home pagina Entertainment Proudly Announces
The Long-Awaited Two-Disc Special Edition DVD Debut of
The Little Mermaid

Huge Company-Wide Initiative Highlighted by
Disney Consumer Products Partnership To Take Retail UNDER THE SEA
With Over 2,000 New Licensed Merchandise Products


BURBANK, Calif., February 6, 2006 – On October 3, 2006 Walt Disney home pagina Entertainment proudly opens the gewelf, kluis to debut a spectacular new two-disc Special Edition of the most-requested Disney DVD titel ever, the Academy Award®...
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 The young Thumper, ready for mischief and impertinence.
The young Thumper, ready for mischief and impertinence.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Thumper from "Bambi" (1942)

Thumper, animated door Ollie Johnston; Frank Thomas and others, is probably the ster of the movie. To a great extent this is because of the unconscoously brilliant voicing of the part door young Peter Behn, zei to have been discovered door two of the animators when visiting a friend’s house. (David R. Smith has checked with Johnston and Thomas, who say that Behn was instead discovered at an audition. As with so many matters concerning...
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 Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's unspeakable stepmother.
Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's unspeakable stepmother.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Lady Tremaine from "Cinderella" (1950)

Although she porssesses no known magical powers, it is hard to no see Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine as anything other than a witch, the counterpart of the Evil Stepmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - indeed, she even has a familiar, in the shape of the cat Lucifer. Curiously, she was principally animated door Frank Thomas, much better known for his soft and sentimental scenes and characters, such as...
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 The handsome Gaston
The handsome Gaston
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Where the Beast is ugy on the outsider but proves to be beautiful within, Gaston is the exact reverse: his devastatingly handsome exterior conceals a vile interior. His supervising animator, Andreas Deja, has recounted how at first he had some difficulty getting to grips with this: his natural inklination was to give Gaston something meer of the looks of a villain. Then it was put to him that it was crucial for the movie...
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 Esmeralda, one of Disney's most sexiest heroines ever!
Esmeralda, one of Disney's most sexiest heroines ever!
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Esmeralda from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996)

If Quasimodo is Disney's ugliest hero, Esmeralda is indubitably the company's sexiest - apart from Jessica Rabbit. Esmeralda, the gupsy dancer who performs in the straat in order to earn coppers to feed herself and her pet goat Djali, has a huge mane of black hair, turquoise eyes that flash whenever her ire is roused, a risqué sense of humor, and an approach to life that is underlined door an attitude of steel....
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 The beautiful Pocahontas
The beautiful Pocahontas
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

A recurrent characteristic of the Disney animated features over the past few years - at least since 1989's The Little Mermaid - has been the presence of a strong female character in a central role. Belle, jasmijn and Esmeralda are other examples. None of these, however, can compare with the figure of Pocahontas: She is the movie, to the extent that, when everything else might be forgotten, her image persists in the memory. The reasons for this phenomenon are multiple, involving not only her conceptualization...
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 Belle as she appears in the beginning of the movie.
Belle as she appears in the beginning of the movie.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Character beschrijving of Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

It was decided early that the movie's heroine should display a lot meer spirit than the somewhat passive virtue of the character in the original fairy tale. The liveaction performance for the animators' reference was supplied door Sherri Stoner, the actress who had not long before served the same funtion so very excellently for The Little Mermaid's Ariel, another feisty female part. Belle's part was spoken and sung door Paige O'Hara, a...
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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules door
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Jake from "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990)

The character of the Australian Mr. Competent, Jake, has a very difficult role to perform: he must be simultaneously an adventure hero and a comical figure; moreover, he mustn't be krokodil Dundee. This last point the animators seems to have taken very much to hart-, hart for, although Jake's persona has many of the macho, tough-guy attributes of that hero and countless other Australian stereotypes, the core of the characterization...
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Since "Parks and Recreation" wrapped, I've worked on a lijst of Disney characters that I believe closely match our most cherished Pawnee citizens in terms of personality and (sometimes) looks.

Anna -- Leslie Knope: A bubbly go-getter whose optimism is infectious. Oh, and they both happen to love consuming large amounts of sugar+would do anything for those they love (including their ungrateful public).

John Silver -- Ronald Ulysses Swanson: This self-sufficient, intimidating gentleman is a man of self-dictated principles which are usually at odds with his surroundings. Although he doesn't believe...
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 The good-hearted Quasimodo.
The good-hearted Quasimodo.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Quasimodo from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996)

In a way, why Esmeralda should choose Phoebus as her lover rather than Quasimodo is something of a mystery. One is left with a slight puzzlement at the end of the movie, as if suddenly discovering that the romantic heroine whose adventures one has followed entranced throughout a long novel actually has a lousy taste in men. There is also a feeling of confused morality, since the primary theme of the movie - as...
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 The beautiful Princess jasmijn
The beautiful Princess Jasmine
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Princess jasmijn from "Aladdin" (1992)

Mark Henn, who created the look of jasmijn for the movie, had various inspirations. One was a theme-park guest at Disney World in Florida, whose long thick mane of black hair sparked off an idea. The most important, however, was his sister Beth - although an actress called Robina Ritchie did live-action modeling to help the animation. Linda Larkin, who gave jasmijn her speaking voice, and Lea Salonga, who sang for her, looks...
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The Little Mermaid Early Original Script


It is a bright, sunny morning. Scuttle is excitedly flying toward the palace.


INT. ARIEL'S BEDROOM


Ariel is asleep in her bed with a happy smile on her face. She is dreaming of romance with Eric. Sebastian is also asleep, on the stand beside the bed, SNORING loudly. Scuttle swoops through the window and enters the bedroom.


SCUTTLE
(shouting)
Ariel! WAKE UP!!!


Sebastian wakes up with a jolt in reaction to Scuttle's screaming. Scuttle flies over to Ariel and frantically pulls at her clothes and her hair. She wakes up groggily.


SCUTTLE (cont.)
I just heard the news!...
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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of The Prince from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

If Snow White is, as it were, a "strong cypher", the Prince is a weak one. For an important central character he appears on the screen for an astonishingly short period of time - once early on when singing "One Song" with Snow White and the other time right at the end when his kiss wakes her from her otherwise endless sleep. Strangely enough, although he has only a few lines, his voice part proved the most...
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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character beschrijving of Cruella De Vil from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961)

What can u say about Cruella De Vil, probably the finest Disney villain of them all? Well, over the years, people have zei quite a lot about her, most notably Marc Davis, whose screen creation she was. The reviewers and the public agreed, for once, on a Disney character. As one critic put it:

"The real triumph of the film is Cruella De Vil. She is the most sophisticated of the Disney bad guys."

She is...
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 Snow White
Snow White
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey muis to Hercules by
John Grant

Character beschrijving of Snow White from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)

Snow White in the Disney version is, strangely, not in fact very beautiful - although extremely attractive. Presumably deliberately, Disney opted for girl-next-door prettiness rather than out-and-out beauty. Moreover, Snow White appears to be extremely youthful, aged perhaps between 12 and 14 (although modelled door 18-year-old Marjorie Belcher), and still with a trace of early adolescent plumpness. However, framed by...
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