!mine: jodi benson

“The thing that I enjoy about animation is the fact that it is unbridled and there are no boundaries. When you are in the room, you don’t have to focus on your clothing, make-up, hair, your choreography or your blocking. You really do have total freedom.

“It is that total freedom that I really enjoy, as there is no judgement and there are no critics there watching to see what you are going to do. It is just a free-for-all, and I really enjoy that process.

“When you are working with incredible directors, then the responsibility lies on them to do the product and get the story told. It takes a lot of pressure off me, and I just get to go in and have a play session.”

– Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid


Here is my Ooak Thumbelina.

I used a classic 2016 Ariel as a base.
They originally look alike and are both voiced by the amazing Jodi Benson so I thought it would be perfect. I created her little flowers and gave her a full re root and my friend made me the dress.
My partner did an amazing job on her eyes! The Ariel doll has really dark eyes.

Hope u guys like her, I totally LOVE her and she came out way better than I expected 😍


When Howard Ashman was coaching Ariel’s live-action reference model, Howard physicalised the now iconic extraction of Ariel’s voice to help her understand what she needed to express. “It was dance-like and very visual, clear and dramatic”, recalls director John Musker. When you see the voice extraction scene, in the moment that Ariel’s voice moves out of her body, you are watching Howard’s movement. 

“It really made me uncomfortable when I heard how Glen Keane is such a strong Christian, and how he inserted religious messages into movies like Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Tangled, because I’m worried if he’s homophobic. He hasn’t personally said anything about it, but he’s a Sunday teacher at a church that’s anti-gay. I know he was friends with Howard Ashman, but Jodi Benson was too and she apparently still thinks being gay is wrong.”