This disney papercraft is the Ursula, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and its spin-off television series. The papercraft is designed by Gus Santome. Ursula is the main antagonist of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and its spin-off television series. She is voiced by Pat Carroll in all of her appearances. Over the years, Ursula has become one of the most popular and famous of all Disney villains.
Ursula is based on the “sea witch” character in Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Little Mermaid”. In the original story, the sea witch is a neutral enabler, but for Disney’s animated adaptation, the character was modified into a full-fledged antagonist and plays a larger role in the overall story. Ursula is a cecaelian sea witch who “helps” unfortunate merfolk to achieve her own goals. Her appearance is of an obese purple-skinned, white-haired female human and from the waist down has black tentacles. The character has been compared to Madame Medusa from The Rescuers, in terms of style, dramatics and choice of minions.
Ursula is a very dark and sinister villain. Aside from this, she has a large sense a humor. Ursula is very manipulative and has a talent of making great sense and making great points when trying to strike a deal. Unlike many Disney Villains, Ursula puts her henchmen Flotsam and Jetsam before anything and everyone else. Ursula treats the eels like children and refer to them as “babies” or “poopsies.” When the eels are killed accidentally by Ursula because of Ariel, she mourns and takes all of her anger and sadness on Ariel and attempts to kill her once and for all. She is known to fill the heads of merpeople with deceptions; she feeds Ariel with the lie that men on the surface like silence in women, when in fact Prince Eric loved Ariel’s voice. Despite using contracts to get her way, Ursula has little regard for following her end of the bargain. This is demonstrated when after Triton signed away his freedom for Ariel’s safety, Ursula claims she’d have no qualms killing Ariel and gleefully tries to in the final battle, as well as her attempts at ruining Ariel’s chances at getting Eric by transforming into another maiden with her voice when it became apparent that Ariel was going to succeed with the deal.
When Ursula first appears in the film, she states through monologue that she once lived in the royal palace of King Triton, the king of the underwater city of Atlantica. She was banished from Atlantica and made her home in the remains of a leviathan where she waits the chance to get her revenge on Triton and become Queen of Atlantica.
The entrance to Ursula’s leviathan home is lined with a garden of writhing polyps which were merfolk who had been previously gone to Ursula for help, but found themselves unable to fulfill their side of the bargain, leading Ursula to claim them as her own and added them to her collection. The garden of polyps are part of the original fairytale, but are simply guards of the way to the sea witch’s home, and not condemned merfolk.
Ursula commands her minions, moray eels Flotsam and Jetsam, to watch Triton’s youngest daughter Ariel, whom might be “the key to Triton’s undoing”. Opportunity arises when Ursula learns that Ariel has fallen in love with a human, against Triton’s explicit rules. Flotsam and Jetsam lure Ariel to Ursula’s lair, claiming that only Ursula can help her.
Through the song Poor Unfortunate Souls, Ursula proposes an agreement where she will transform Ariel into a human for three days, during which time, she must recieve the “kiss of true love” from Eric. If Ariel succeeds, her transformation into a human will be permenant, but if she fails, she will turn back into a mermaid and be bound to Ursula for eternity. The price for the transformation is Ariel’s voice. Ariel agrees and signs a magical contract, so her voice is magically pulled into Ursula’s Nautilus shell necklace causing Ursula to laugh gleefully as her plans begin to unfold. Ariel’s tail is split into legs. In comparison, the original fairytale involves the sea witch taking the little mermaid’s voice by cutting off her tongue, and her tail was transformed into legs by a magic potion which the mermaid was to drink on the beach surface.
When Ariel comes “too close” to succeeding in her task, Ursula takes the form of a beautiful human female with Ariel’s voice in order to sabotage her relationship with Eric. Ursula adopts the name of “Vanessa”, and when in this form, her voice is provided by Jodi Benson, who also voices Ariel. The concept of the beautiful dark-haired rival for the prince’s affections is another plot point adapted and modified from the original fairytale.
As Vanessa, Ursula bewitches Eric to marry her, but the wedding is disrupted and the Nautilus shell containing Ariel’s voice is broken, breaking the enchantment and returning Ariel’s voice back to its owner. However, the sun sets before Ariel and Eric can kiss and Ariel changes back into a mermaid. Ursula, restored to her normal form, grabs Ariel and jumps back into the sea, where she is confronted by King Triton. She reveals her true goal, and forces Triton to choose between his freedom and his daughter’s. Triton agrees to take Ariel’s place, and Ursula takes the crown and magical trident, making her the Queen of the Seven Seas. Ursula grows large and creates a storm and whirlpool. The Sea Witch then imprisons Ariel at the bottom of the whirlpool, and decides to test her new powers by killing the princess. Ursula fires multiple destructive blasts at Ariel, and the princess just barely manages to avoid them. Ursula laughs and prepares an unavoidable blast that would destroy Ariel forever. But right when she’s about to fatally blast Ariel, Eric impales Ursula through her belly, and the powers of the trident backfire on her. When Ursula was defeated, all the merfolk that had been under her power, including Triton, are released from their bonds.
Ursula appears as a recurring villain on the The Little Mermaid prequel television series. The episodes she appears in are “Against the Tide”, “Tail of Two Crabs”, “Heroes” and “Ariel’s Treasures”. In all of these episodes, she executes various plans to antagonize King Triton and take over Atlantica.
Ursula doesn’t appear in this direct-to-DVD film, but she is mentioned various times, mostly by her sister Morgana, also a Cecelia. She is seen as a picture in Morgana’s lair. This picture sinks with Morgana when she is turned into a block of ice by King Triton at the end of the movie.
Ursula appears in the Hercules: Animated series as she tries to sell perfume to Hercules and Hermes.
Ursula made numerous cameos in the series often seen alone or with Ariel. In “Ask Von Drake”, she was seen popping out of Ariel’s giant shell during the Ludwig Von Drake Song. In “Pete’s House of Villains”, she replaced Daisy at her desk after Pete took over. In “Jiminy Cricket”, Jiminy gives Ariel advice resulting into taking her voice back from Ursula. She was one of the lead villains in Mickey’s House of Villains and seen in Mickey’s Magical Christmas telling Mickey she wants his voice for Christmas. Her mode of transportation was seen as a wave vehicle. At the end of Max’s Embarrassing Date, Ursula is seen in an advertisement attempting to steal the voice of Max Goof’s girlfriend Roxanne. In Mickey and Minnie’s Big Vacation, Ursula was one of the many guest to be annoyed when the Pink Elephants are briefly released.
Revived by the powers of darkness, Ursula returned in Kingdom Hearts II without the Heartless and Maleficent on her side. She told Ariel that she could help her be with Prince Eric, by turning Ariel herself into a human. Ariel agreed, and signed a contract with Ursula which stated that: if Ariel was able to kiss Eric before the sunset of the third day, then she could stay human forever, but, if she didn’t obtain a kiss, she would turn back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula. After Ariel signed the contract, Ursula took Ariel’s voice and turned the princess into a human girl.
After three days had passed and Ariel still hadn’t obtained a kiss, Ursula turned herself into a human girl and used Ariel’s voice to hypnotize Eric, taking him away from Ariel. Sora and the others saw through Ursula’s disguise and broke the amulet in which Ariel’s voice was being kept, thus releasing Eric from her grip and returning Ariel’s voice. But it was too late, the sun had set and Ursula dragged Ariel into the sea with her. King Triton tried to stop Ursula, but not even he could break the contract, so King Triton signed over Ariel’s name and took her place. This allowed Ursula to have possession over the Trident once again, and she used its power to become gigantic one more time. With the trident, Ursula turned King Triton into a lowly sea creature.
After a battle, Sora knocked the Trident off Ursula’s hand and it landed on the boat which Prince Eric was on. He then threw it at Ursula and the Trident went through her chest in a beam of light, defeating her once more. The battle against Ursula in Kingdom Hearts II is a staged performance in song.
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