Kay Nielsen, a Danish illustrator who was popular in the early 20th century, the "golden age of illustration", contributed artwork for many Disney films, including concept paintings for a proposed adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid
. The adaptation was to be part of a package film containing various segments based on Anderson's fairy tales. The film, however, was not made within Nielsen's lifetime and his work went unused until production started on the 1989 film. [more inside]
Tourists have been visiting
the roadside attraction since 1947. Don Knotts
filmed a movie there, and Supergrass
made a video. A few men
have tried to join, but mostly it's a women's (underwater) world at Weeki Wachee
. Now the New York Times visits The Last Mermaid Show
Isle of Spagg...
On the other side of the Vertic Sea where things are distinctly fishier, lives the proud fisherman Inger and his half-mermaid (but not the half you'd expect) daughter Herring. When the least
respected old character on the island dies, conflict ensues and a favorite garment is ruined. Meanwhile two haberdashers with a checkered past deal with their own loss. Can Dr. Beez or one of the Oracles help? Can the Isle's 15 minstrels make music to make things better? And what about little Claude? It all happens in a 30 minute cartoon from the Brothers McLeod
, Greg and Myles, who have also animated (scroll down for video clips) Fuggy Fuggy
for MTV, Pablo and Frankensheep
and Quiff and Boot
for the BBC, Billy
for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Existential Pleading of the Inner Heart
for anybody who wants it and other very random stuff.
"One day a little boy came up, he must have been about four and he saw me taking off my (prosthetic) legs and he started with the 'why' questions, you know, 'why haven't you got any legs', etc. And I said 'have you heard of The Little Mermaid?' and he said 'yes' and I said 'I'm a mermaid' and he got this look on his face and he said 'wow that's cool' and ran off to tell his dad.
I'll have to turn up to that beach again sometime with my tail - just in case he's there."
are the special effects team behind the costumes, weapons and creatures of the Lord of the Rings
and even a sonic screwdriver prop
that could be making an appearance on the next season of Doctor Who. In 2009, they created a fully functional mermaid tail pro bono
for Nadya Vessey, an Auckland woman who is a double leg amputee
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may be responsible for the seizure-inducing style known as Animutation
, but his little sister Emmy
makes comic-strip gems like this delightful short about a mermaid who just wants to make some friends
Disney's The Little Mermaid - WMV W/NSFW Audio by Out of Bounds troupe, Brown University
The inimitable Coney Island Mermaid Parade
. OK, it was a month ago, but these photo galleries make for some fun browsing. Planning your costume for next year? Our resident mermaidologist
offers some inspiration. (some nudity - it's mermaids after all!)
The Little Mermaid Explodes.
This is only the latest in a long series of indignities
suffered by Denmark's national symbol. Why are people so into this sort of thing