Originally posted on Part Time Monster:
The Sea Witch — the undisputed villain of Disney’s The Little Mermaid –– holds a somewhat different role in the Hans Christian Andersen tale by the same name. In both she serves as an important character, providing the Little Mermaid a way to reach what she wants, but the characterization is so different.
Ursula, her Disney name, is a power-hungry creature, out for vengeance and willing to (quite adeptly) manipulate the situation to get what she wants. She lives in what appears to be the rib-cage of a deceased sea-creature, the only path to her home is through a garden of reaching, grabbing creatures of her creation.
All her actions (except for one notable point) are directed to one goal: revenge against…
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