8. The Little Mermaid
There’s a few Disney movies which have a bit of a dark underbelly, but most of them weave this darkness into the storytelling. The Little Mermaid certainly has this, with the grim imagery around Ursula, Ariel trading in her voice because there’s a handsome boy and Ursula’s grisly death.
What happens after the ending though is so rarely discussed, and it might just be the worst part of all.
First off, let’s look at the facts. Eric meets Ariel, hears her sing, but doesn’t get a good look at her. When he meets her again, he thinks it’s her, but the lack of voice causes some doubt. He then kinda sorta falls in love with a woman he can’t communicate with, which suggests there’s not all that much of a connection there.
Following that, his head is turned by Vanessa, AKA Ursula in human form with Ariel’s voice, before he switches back to Ariel now with her real voice at the end of the movie. It doesn’t take a genius to know that he’s definitely going to cheat on her in their future relationship. Plus, there’s the whole ‘never seeing her family again’ angle too.