I keep seeing the same criticisms of "The Little Mermaid" pop up over and over again on the internet, mainly that Ariel doesn't "learn her lesson," which makes the movie bad because "character arc" and "want vs. need" and such. Something I never see addressed in these critiques is her friendship with Sebastian. He starts out the film very much like these critics, frowning upon Ariel's impetuous nature, but slowly over the course of the film, she wins him over. He starts out as Triton's sidekick and by the end, he's Ariel's sidekick. Sebastian is sort of a portable version of the part of Triton's brain that tells him to "keep her under tight control." And by the end, he's telling Triton "children got to be free to live their own lives." ("You always say that?!") So Sebastian is the one who "learns his lesson" and passes that along to Triton. There's kind of a parallel with the friendship of Snow White and Grumpy. "Snow White" introduced the world to the Disney fairy tale feature and
Attn. fellow "Dinosaucers" fans -- the history of the show was recently covered on a YouTube series called "Toy Galaxy." Very interesting. I never knew much about its origins.
The show also mentioned a fan-created version of the toy line by MasterTurtle Customs. I joined Instagram just so I could like his stuff:
I had a dream I was in the toy department of some store and hanging there was a brand new toy of Ichy from the obscure 80s cartoon "Dinosaucers." It was a tiny, tiny plastic figure in a package. I said, "I must be dreaming!" (I was right.)
I didn't see any other "Dinosaucers" toys, but there was another toy that was supposed to be a cloud-like Super Mario bad guy. On the package was a testimonial from a Dutch mom who said her son liked this character because it had a Dutch name, which was supposed to mean "just a little mist." (I don't remember what the supposedly "Dutch" name was. I don't speak Dutch.)
Anyway, of course I woke up and there was no Ichy toy 😔. Oh well...maybe there'll be a reboot someday with an accompanying toy line. Preferably not so tiny.