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Well, ok, the ONLY time I drew Disney's "Ariel" from THE LITTLE MERMAID, was in this brief 1.7 second shot, a series of three that were among the first scenes I got to animate on the movie.
I was working with supervising animator Duncan Marjoribanks on his "Sebastian" character, (the crab) and in the song "Under the Sea" I did a series of shots where he leaps off Ariel's lap, springboards off her tail, and lands next to a big blue lobster who plays the "marimba" clamshells with him.
Ariels is basically one pose, a "moving hold" (two barely different keys with a long chart in-between), I think her hair and tail animated slightly. No doubt Mark Henn, who was the supervising animator for Ariel in this sequence, and his assistant Jun Fujimoto made sure it was on model even still. But all the same , I can say I got the rare chance to draw this character for a little over a second and due to fate, it became one of the first color stills to promote the film in print & merchandise. This is from a postcard I found in my files recently.
The movie LITTLE MERMAID was a real challenge and thrill to work on. It's always nice to see how many people love it still, despite the advances in film and animation since then. It carries its charm and impact even to young people I meet who weren't old enough to see it in the theater!