No, it was all because I could easily imitate the Little Mermaids singing voice. I have a passable singing voice and can sing in a normal octave range (I'm an alto almost leaning to tenor) and have a pretty good grasp of pitch (being able to read music sure helps).
But my real talent comes in my weird audible fixation. My hearing is by far my best tuned sense. I learn based upon what I hear. If I'm told something I'm much more likely to remember it than if I ever saw it or wrote it down myself. I tend to recognize an actor not based upon what he looks like but his voice first.
Okay this is where I'd include some samples of me modulating and changing my voice but uh I'm no where near my mac and its awesome built in mic and iMovie. Maybe later if someone demands proof.
Anyway back to the point. Like just about every girl my age I too fell in love with Ariel with her wild redhead loving to sing silly song ways.
This is not the Ariel I fell in love with:
This is super sexed up Ariel being targeted at tweens but probably hitting only the much younger girls who need everything princessey because Disney says they do. When did she give up her dreams of being free to discover a different world with forks in order to pose for Maxim, sorry I mean "Princess Style?"
It isn't just Ariel getting the weird magazine treatment, but I never felt the same connection to Snow White or Sleeping Beauty as I did the quirky red head.
Disney has tried to ret-con her to fit the more strict standards for females. She can't be goofy, she has to be come hither and sexy at all times. She is only worth something to get other women to realize they aren't perfect enough and should always be working hard to get great legs at any cost.
I miss the ol' care free days of things like popples, cabbage patch dolls and Little Foot (by far my favorite toy was a stuffed brontosaurus). I grew up with little to no sexed up toys and look at what happened to me. I don't give a shit if every single male on the planet wants to sleep with me and actually use my brain.
I'm the worst thing imaginable to the Advertisers and Big Business!
But really, I can do a mean penguin voice if you want.