The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Publish Date: February 2012

Sizes: 12x18, 18x27, 24x36, 28x42

Believe it or not, I am a huge fan of “The Little Mermaid.” I honestly believe 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. 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
The creation of “The Little Mermaid” much like “Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland”,
presented special technical and aesthetic challenges for me that were not present
in most of my other Disney paintings. Thematically, this film deals with the clash between
two worlds and how to best integrate them together. So it was with my painting. I 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. I 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. I truly hope the loyal fans of the film enjoy my narrative tale of “The Little

                                                                            -Thomas Kinkade

Thom enjoys hiding characters from his previous Disney Dreams Collection images into each new image of this collection.

Can you find them all?

• Beast (Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love)
• Cinderella (Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream)
• Pinocchio (Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star)
• Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty)
• Snow White (Snow White Discovers the Cottage)
• Thumper (Bambi’s First Year)
• Timon (The Lion King)
• Tinker Bell (Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland)

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