Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disney Mermaids

Our first story today is about the mermaids in Disney's Peter Pan... the original Peter Pan animated film from the early 1950's.

In a recent article at Deja View, Andreas Deja shares several graphics that show the development of mermaids in the film.

"This cel set-up was made to announce the later arrival of the film during the holiday season of 1952. The background is lovely, but the quality of the drawing and inking leaves a lot to be desired."

Near the end of the article, you can see how actresses were used to preview a scene that influenced how the scene would look in the final animation.

Mermaid Anime

Did a 1975 anime version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid inspire Disney's Little Mermaid?

"This beautiful Toei Animation film, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, was part of a Japanese film festival in 1975, and later reached the U.S. in 1979."

Read this short article by Leigh Alexander at BoingBoing and decide for yourself. The article includes a 1 hour, 8.5 minute video which begins with background information on Denmark and Hans Christian Andersen, and ends with the full The Little Mermaid anime.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Peter Pan Mermaid

Cara Delevingne will be playing the part of a mermaid in PAN, the mid 2015 Warner Bros release in the Peter Pan universe.

Felicity Kinsella has the story in an article at i-D Vice.

"PAN is set to be the best-looking bedtime story since Hook."

The article includes the official trailer for the movie, though Ms. Delevingne is only shown briefly.

Mermaid Hair Flick

What is the latest photography trend in social media? The selfie is out, the mermaid hair flick is in!

You can see a number of fine examples in this article by Sarah Carty for The Daily Mail Australia.

"In true Willow Smith fashion, girls are whipping their hair back and forth in an attempt to capture the ultimate mermaid hair flick."

Read the article to see who won the mermaid hair flicking competition run by The Mermaid Society.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Underwater Monster

The deep sea anglerfish, also known as the Black Seadevil, is not one to be observed up close.

"I mean, damn, this thing is beyond terrifying. Mother Nature and Evolution team up to do some really crazy things."

In an article found at Sploid, Casey Chan shares a video of the first time this particular species was caught on camera. Frightening to say the least. We merfolk should probably stick to swimming with dolphins.

Water Lamp

What better way to read those mermaid novels than with a water lamp? This lamp by French designer Arturo Erbsman uses water to diffuse light.

"The Atmos has an aluminum base that houses the light source, and a handblown glass bulb that contains an inexhaustable water reserve."

Don't get your credit card out just yet, though. The article by Anthony Domanico at C|Net explains that the product isn't available to the public at present. There will be a limited product run, so be sure to watch Mr. Erbsman's projects page for news on this and his other projects.

Interview Wanted

It has been quite a while since I featured a mermaid or merman interview in this blog. If you are a professional or otherwise active mermaid/merman and would be willing to answer some questions via email, please contact me at the address below.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at)

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