The Little Mermaid by Thomas Kinkade
Disney Dreams Collection IX, February 2012
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Thomas Kinkade captures the emotional enchantment of Ariel’s first romance in Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Believe it or not, Thomas Kinkade is a huge fan of The Little Mermaid. He believes it is the film that sparked the renaissance in Disney animation coming out of the 1980′s. While Beauty and the Beast may be the most purely romantic of the modern-day Disney classics and The Lion King the most powerfully dramatic, The Little Mermaid is clearly the most enjoyably enchanting of these films and certainly best captures the innocent nature of first love. Thomas Kinkade remembers, “Watching my four daughters all grow into young women I have been privy to the emotional peaks and valleys of young love. I understand King Triton’s concern and desire to protect his youngest from a relationship facing so many obstacles. But, I also recognize the desperate love Ariel feels towards Prince Eric and the purity of her belief that their love can conquer all. Love is powerful, love is captivating and first love absolutely enchants!”
The creation of The Little Mermaid much like Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, presented special technical and aesthetic challenges that were not present in most of Kinkade’s other Disney paintings. Thematically, this film deals with the clash between two worlds and how to best integrate them together. So it was with The Little Mermaid. Kinkade had to bring the undersea world of Ariel’s childhood into peace with the land-bound life she so longed for with her beloved, Prince Eric. He felt the sea life at the bottom of the composition did this, allowing both parts of Ariel’s life, past and future, in all their regal and colorful glory. Thomas Kinkade truly hopes the loyal fans of the film enjoy his narrative tale of The Little Mermaid.