Images of mermaids in films and television that are not The Little Mermaid

With the release of the new live action Mermaid trailer featuring Holly BaileyThe mermaids were everything everyone was talking about. The remake of the Disney classic has reignited worldwide interest in aquatic cryptids, especially around the beloved mermaid princess Ariel. But Ariel is certainly not the only beautiful depiction of a mermaid. Although Mermaid Perhaps the most popular, mermaid stories have existed for centuries in many different cultures and time periods. What better way to explore some of our favorite depictions of creatures in film and television? From scaly and devious to cute and magical, here are some of the most adorable mermaids that aren’t Ariel.

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Madison in Splash (1984)

splashfor many it was in The cult film about the mermaid of the 80s, five years ago Mermaid was released. The film was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Then relatively unknown Tom Hanks starred as Allen, a young man still in love with the mysterious girl who saved his life as a child. They later reunite and Allen falls in love with a woman (Daryl Hanna), not knowing that she is secretly a mermaid. Hannah’s ludicrous but sweet performance as the gorgeous mermaid Madison is absolutely adorable, and you can see why Allen is head over heels in love with her. She was so loved that the name Madison became popular and is now considered one of the most popular names for girls.

Aquamarine in Aquamarine (2006)

Every kid in the 2000s was obsessed Aquamarine at some point in their lives. Two best friends, Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna “JoJo” Levesque), find and befriend a mermaid (Sara Paxton) stuck in a seaside resort. A mermaid seeking to prove that true love exists, enlists the support of two girls in exchange for granting their wish. What teenager didn’t want a mermaid’s best friend? Especially with cool blue streaks in your hair, dolphin friends and starfish earrings that whisper compliments in your ear. It’s worth watching just for the zeros nostalgia.

Cleo, Ricky and Emma in H2O: Just Add Water

This goes for all of us Australian girls who have been playing mermaid at the local pool for years due to H2O: Just add water and arguing about who should be Cleo since she was clearly the coolest. Cleo’s three best friendsPhoebe Tonkin), Ricky (Cariba Heine) and Emma (Claire Holt) find themselves on the mysterious island of Mako and, finding themselves in a mystical pool on a full moon, turn into mermaids with incredible power over water. This wholesome series was a staple in the adolescence of most young girls (and tasteful boys) and has endured in popular culture. Did you even have a childhood if you didn’t pretend to be a mermaid and act hysterical when the water touched your feet? (Oh naurrrrr!)

Rin in Siren

Siren is a mature take on the mermaid genre and breathes new life into creatures. In this series, they are not so cute and cute. In a coastal town that was once home to mermen, the mysterious Rin (Elin Powell) pops up and starts wreaking havoc in search of his missing sister. Rin is an ordinary fish out of the water, predatory and curious about the human world around her. She has real animal qualities, unlike the usual pretty mermaid girls. The Siren is powerful and seductive, luring you like a sailor at sea, and before you know it, you’ll dive into its crushing depths and swallow the entire series.

Siren in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Mermaids and pirates usually go hand in hand, but only in the fourth part. Pirates of the Caribbean a franchise in which we finally get to see adorable creatures. Captain Jack SparrowJohnny Depp) is looking for the Fountain of Youth, but the Fountain requires a mermaid’s tears ritual. Aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, they successfully capture the mermaid Siren (Astrid Bergé-Frisby), and along the way, the gentle Siren falls in love with a kind-hearted crew member. While not the best movie in the franchise, enchanting mermaids are a great addition to this fantasy world and everything you could want from a creature. It’s definitely worth watching, if only for the breathtaking mermaid battle scene and the beautiful rendition of “My Jolly Sailor Bold”.

Miley and Phoebe in Charmed

Charmed was (and still is) an adored ’90s show about feminism, witchcraft and sisterly love. “Witch’s Tail”, an episode of the 5th season, divided into two parts, is dedicated to the mermaid Miley (Jaime Pressly) who must receive a declaration of love from her human boyfriend within 30 days or lose her immortality due to the demonic Sea Witch. While trying to save Miley, the sisters cast a spell and accidentally turn Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) into a mermaid. In the supernatural series, the three witch sisters often turned into magical creatures (banshees, wendigo, vampire, etc.), and this episode was no different. In all its campy beauty, the episode manages to show the sensitive side of this mermaid story, exploring Phoebe’s struggles with her divorce and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) anxiety about her upcoming motherhood.

Mermaids in Peter Pan (2003)

Live Action Mermaids Peter Pan movies are very similar to those from mythology, enchantingly beautiful, but dark, scary creatures. Peter (Jeremy Sumpter) takes Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood) see the mermaids to find out if Captain Hook is (Jason Isaacs) captured her brothers. Wendy is completely enamored with them, though Peter warns that they would gladly drown her if the opportunity presented itself. They appear briefly, but command attention as some of the most beautifully rendered mermaids in film history. They have jagged teeth, cold blue skin, and webbed fingers, but they’re still so seductive that it’s no wonder Wendy almost followed them into the depths of the ocean.

Shim Cheong in “The Legend of the Blue Sea”

Another addition to the novels about people and mermaids, blue sea legend as cute, hilarious and squeal worthy as any other great Korean series. Inspired by the classic Joseon legend, the series tells the love story of Shim Cheong (Jun Ji Hyun), stupid mermaid and Heo Jun Jae (Lee Min Ho), swindler. Along with this, their history contrasts with that of their Joseon era incarnations. It has a slightly drawn-out start, like many Korean dramas, but it’s worth seeing how the story develops and seeing how the romance unfolds. There are also beautiful, eye-catching cinematography, especially in the underwater scenes.

Merliah in Barbie in a Mermaid Tale (2010)

Barbie has truly stood the test of time as a pop culture icon, especially with an extensive (and ongoing) list of Barbie movies. While Barbie the franchise has had its fair share of mermaid films, there is no doubt that Barbie in a fairy tale about a mermaid is the greatest addition. Barbie (Kelly Sheridan) plays Merliah Summers, a champion surfer who discovers she is part mermaid. However, like her evil aunt Eris (Kathleen Barr) has taken control of the underwater city of Oceana and wrongfully imprisoned her mother, Merliah sets off with her dolphin friend Zuma (Tabitha St. Germain) to restore peace. Although a little cheesy (like everyone Barbie there are films) Barbie in a fairy tale about a mermaid this is a sweet and touching movie. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice mermaid tail fashion montage and some fishy finned puns?

Mermaids in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Mermaids in Harry Potter movies appear in the wizarding world in different ways, but the ones we see in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire very different from the beautiful creatures we usually see. During the Triwizard Tournament of the fourth Harry movie (Daniel Radcliffe) completes the second mission, which involves diving into the Black Lake to save Ron (Rupert Grint) from its dark depths. There, he encounters a colony of mermen who are guarding four humans in an enchanted dream to be rescued by the champions of the Triwizards. The mermaids are only in a short scene, but they make an impression. The creatures are ugly and fish-like, with hair-like anemones and shrill voices. If anything, this is the film’s most realistic looking depiction of what a real mermaid would look like, especially in an environment as dark and dismal as Black Lake.

Gold and Silver in The Lure (2015)

Put the kids to bed as this Polish horror musical is one of the darkest retellings of the classic. Hans Christian Anderson story. bait tells the story of two mermaid sisters, Golden (Michalina Olshanks) and silver (Marta Mazurek) that leave the ocean and end up in a cabaret. While Golden discovers a bloodlust after killing a bar patron, Silver discovers a love for a member of a cabaret group. These mermaids are not your typical sweet and lovable creatures, they are downright vicious. Unless you’re a fan of gore and mutilation, I’d suggest sticking with something a little more laid back. However, bait hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, with a great original soundtrack that you’ll be listening to long after the movie is over.

Mia in Blue My Mind (2017)

Blue my mind is a dark fantasy, coming-of-age film from Switzerland that uses the transformation of a teenage girl into a mermaid as an allegory for going through puberty. 15 year old Mia (Luna Wedler) appears to be an ordinary teenage girl, but when she encounters strange body transformations such as webbed toes and bruised skin, she desperately tries to stop them, questioning the nature of her existence. For a movie about a girl who turns into a mermaid, Blue my mind cruel and not suitable for children. This is much more comparable to Thirteen how Mermaidwhimsy and magic are replaced with a realistic, minimal approach.

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