First thoughts right after watching the Movie
My first thoughts right after watching the movie is that I think their love is extremely shallow, and most of it is based off of looks. Ariel and Eric barely have a conversation before they tie the knot, and they have this overly lustful look on one another. I am given no reason as to why they like one another aside from looks and other minor things. I do see chemistry, but as a couple, they don’t have depth and are not really much better than the Classic couples.
So it is Eric’s birthday, and he is celebrating it by having a jam with his fellow sailors and Grimsby (and his dog) on a ship. Ariel decides to swim up the surface. As soon as she lays eyes on Eric, she is mesmerized and is taken back. This happens hen he is playing his recorder. Scuttle flies to her and she mentions how handsome Eric is (the ONLY thing you will ever hear her mention).
Eric and the men make it off the boat, but he goes back to save Max. He tosses the dog, but Eric ends up falling off and drowning after a powder explosion ruins the boat. Ariel goes under the sea and saves him from drowning to death. Morning arrives, and she is worrying if he is dead. She sees him breathing, and then caresses him and goes on AGAIN about how beautiful he is. She then sings “Part of Your World”, meaning that she will get to him somehow and somewhere. He opens his eyes to see her, but she swims back to the shore when Grimsby and Max arrive to the scene. Max saw who the girl was, and Eric is now determined to get with the girl who saved his life, and is amazed by her voice. So we now know that Ariel is infatuated by him because of his looks, and he likes her because of her voice and for saving his life.
She plans to meet him on the surface, which causes Sebastian to sing “Under the Sea”, which she does not listen to, and eventually leaves because Flounder brought Eric’s birthday statue that he hates in her grotto. She rushes there, and her father approaches as soon as she pretends that Eric wants to run off with her. He loses his shit and blows the entire grotto up. They get into it about her loving a human, and she says that her father does not know him; NEITHER DOES SHE. Dumb broad.
So, she ends up going to Ursula to make a deal, so she can have a chance with Eric. So Ursula is telling Ariel that she needs to use her body to win Eric over. As Ariel is turned into a human and goes on shore, Eric is playing “Part of Your World” on a recorder, and it is revealed that in the past day, he has looked everywhere for the girl, and that he cannot get her stuck out of his head
thirsty much? You are alive. Move on
So as Ariel is taking a bath, Eric and father figure Grimsby are talking about Eric wanting to find the girl that saved his life, and as soon as the birthday boy starts to speak, his head lifts, mouth open, speechless, and eyes widened when Ariel walks in with her pink dress. She walks to the table, and he rushes to pull the seat out for her to sit on. He compliments her on her dress, and she blushes. So they are eating dinner, and Ariel combs her hair with the fork, which everyone is weirded out by, and she is embarrassed by, since she wants to impress him. They move on from that quickly and she takes Grimsbys smoker and blows it, which causes Eric to laugh. I took note that Carlotta said that this is the first time she has seen Eric smile or laugh in weeks. I will give them that she makes him laugh.
He offers Eric to take her on a ride around time tomorrow, which the couple likes and Ariel quickly accepts. So at this point, it is established that both are extremely lustful over one another, with Ariel establishing that when she is a mermaid, and Eric from when he takes her to his home. It is the end of the first night, and she watches him play with his dog from the balcony. He waves at her and she blushes as she meekly returns to her room.
So it is the next day, and they are on a horse ride. We have a segment of them spending the day at one another. So when they are on the boat, she is overly curious, looking over and all around the place, with her eventually hovering over the back of the seat, with her ass hanging right in his face. He looks at her like she is weird, not that she is funny and I like it. I am not saying he hated what she did, but it was a neutral reaction. She comes back to the seat, and when he offers for her to control, she does so, causing the horse to run crazily, them bumping on bumps and ducking trees. Eric is overwhelmed by this, but when things are calmed down, he puts his arms behind his head, enjoying the ride. Okay, so what I get out of this is that he was overwhelmed by her adventurousness, but got used to it.
They walk around the town and watch puppet shows, which Ariel is more than enthused by. They end up dancing, and enjoying one another a lot, though they cannot really communicate. They end up on the boat in the evening, and Eric is really curious and bothered that he does not even know her name. So he plays the guessing game, and fails at it. Sebastian tells Eric that her name is Ariel
how the fuck can Eric understand a crab? Anyways, he gets it right.
It is the end of the second night, and Eric is on his balcony, playing Part of Your World on the recorder. Grimsby approaches him to talk and says that he needs to give up on the girl that saved his life and go after the one right in front of him
like that is much better. After the pep talk, Eric throws the recorder to go to her room to do who knows what, but Vanessa arrives with Ariel’s voice and hypnotizes him.
It is the third day, and Scuttle flies in the room to congratulate Ariel on her wedding, which is happening in the afternoon. She wakes up and rushed downstairs, since she forgot that she was never proposed to, and she is crushed when she sees a robotic, emotionless Eric having another woman on his side, saying that they are going to marry as soon as possible. She is crushed and runs off to cry. It is revealed that she cried all day long, as sunrise is approaching, and she is watching the boat sail away. Scuttle flies to the crew and tells them that Vanessa is Ursula in disguise, which causes everyone to swim over to the boat to stop the wedding.
With the help of the animals, the wedding is stopped, and Eric is un-hypnotized, as Ariel’s voice returns to her. He runs and scoops his redhead up and they talk. He is thrilled that she is the girl that saved him, and she replies with her wanting to tell him, but could not. They are about to kiss, but sunset is over, and is turned into a mermaid again. Eric decides to immediately go after her, since he lost her once and is not going to lose her again. He goes underwater and cuts Ursula to protect her, with Floatsam and Jetsam trapping Eric. So after Ariel kills the sidekicks, they run together and hold one another for protection. Ursula is about to kill Ariel, but Eric hops on the ship, and literally stabs a broken piece into the octopus, and she dramatically dies.
After everything is done, Eric is laying on the sand, and Ariel is watching him longingly, thinking she will never see him again. Thanks to Triton, she is changed back into a human, and walks to her man with a metallic blue dress, and he scoops her up, where they share their first kiss.
My concluding thoughts are that while they are infatuated with one another, there is not enough there to consider it love. There is an overwhelming lust and infatuation, but they still barely have a conversation (based on the circumstances). They like to have fun together, but you need to have those conversations to have a bigger bond. I do not see how this is much better than the Classic couples, and I just do not see undying love when I look at them. It is clear that they care for one another, as they spent 3 days with one another, but I cannot get over that the thing that stands out to them are shallow stuff like voices and looks. I am so sorry Ariel and Eric stans
not really, but I do not see them as a strong couple, and I think they rushed things. I see chemistry with them, but I am not a hard shipper of these two. They are both shallow.
12 thoughts on “D Couples: Ariel and Eric”
Just happened to catch this post!
In comparison to most of the other Renaissance films, this probably has the least developed romance (which is why I will never love TLM as much as BATB or Aladdin), but I think Confused Matthew gave an interesting point of view on it. The romance consists of Eric finding his true love without even realizing it. He starts to get to know Ariel as a stranger, then as a friend, then as a romantic interest. Like CM said, it’s a unique way of bringing two characters together because it’s very honest.
I would say that there are a few that may be a bit less developed (Esmeralda and Phoebus maybe), but the difference is that the latter know that they are not heading for marriage soon, and are getting to know one another, while Ariel and Eric rush everything.
I guess Eric does get to know Ariel as in acquaintance, friend, etc. but it is not like they have much interaction.
At least they had a little more time together than the classics couples, who just shared one scene together in their films. It wasn’t until BATB that the romances would be more fleshed out.
Can’t wait for your “Robin Hood” review, BTW! I have a feeling you’re not exactly gonna have much positive to say about it, though.
I don’t bash the film, nor do I praise the film. It is one of those eh movies.
True, they do spend more time together. I literally just finished the BatB review yesterday, and finishing the Aladdin review as we speak, and those relationships are definitely better.
Regarding “Robin Hood”: I haven’t seen the whole movie, but my only complaints would be the mediocre animation and wimpy villain.
Regarding Couples: I’ve seen a review of “The Little Mermaid” on YouTube where he has the same basic criticisms you have for the romance. I’ll post it here if you’re interested.
Ahh I love this movie so much how could you call Ariel shallow? Jk.
I think the biggest problem with this relationship is the fact they tell you it happened in 3 days. I read the comments, and I actually think TLM developed the romance much better than Aladdin. Aladdin too made the mistake of explicitly stating that Jasmine has 3 days to marry someone, and they almost kiss upon their first encounter. This is much faster than TLM, and of course, only matters if duration is indeed a factor in determining whether someone loves each other.
Yeah, the 3 days never sat well with me, but think about it; it is in all animated films.
I would disagree on that. Aladdin and Jasmine actually have conversations, and you know why they like one another. Their first encounter was VERY lustful, as they were ready to make out on the rooftop. They talk then, and they talk in A Whole New World.
My issue with Ariel and Eric is that I can’t find another reason outside of lust as to why they like one another.
Maybe lust was the reason why Ariel and Eric got to know each other in the first place, but even that seems a bit more honest than pretending people don’t consider looks at all when it comes to talking to people. In any case, the whole Ariel can’t talk is indeed a deal-breaker for most people, but as you pointed out in your review, Eric did get to figure out a lot of things about Ariel before wanting to kiss her. She’s adventurous! She’s a little weird, she’s excitable, etc. Not saying that your necessarily wrong or anything, but I’m just wondering what you have to think about the concept of communication without words.
In light of your feelings about this, her canon pairing, I have to ask: what are your thoughts on Ariel/Jim Hawkins, or for that matter Vanellope/Hiro, Merida/Hiccup, or Elsa/Jack Frost?