Disney's The Little Mermaid
The Kids of King Triton and Queen Athena
King Triton and Queen Athena's Daughters
King and Queen of the Sea
History About The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is Walt Disney Studios' 28th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series that was released on November 14, 1989. It is based on the Danish fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson.
The Little Mermaid is about a mermaid named Ariel, who the seventh and youngest daughter of King Triton - the ruler of the seven seas. The development for The Little Mermaid began shortly after Walt Disney Studios' first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Swarfs in the 1930s, but it was put on hold for various reasons.
Arista, Andrina, Aquata, Adela, Alana, and Attina are usually just in the background of the movies, except in The Little Mermaid: A New Beginning. The movie gave Ariel's sisters more of a major role and showed more of their personalities.
The villainess, Ursula the sea witch, was modeled after the famous actor and drag queen, Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead). Originally, Ursula was meant to be Ariel's aunt, but Disney animators decided to just make her a sea witch instead.
The Little Mermaid has a total of seven princesses, even though Disney does not recognize the other six. In the Disney Princess Franchise the Atlantican princesses should be just as popular as Ariel. Perhaps they should even get their own television show.
In this hub we'll explore the personalities of the Atlantican princesses to get a better understanding of Ariel and her sisters. I've also added some information about King Triton, Queen Athena (King Triton's deceased wife), their daughters, and Ariel's daughter, Melody.
How to Draw King Triton
Ruler of Atlantica
King Triton is the king of Atlantica in Disney's 28th animated feature film, The Little Mermaid. King Triton was voiced by the late Kenneth Mars in the first two Disney Little Mermaid films and by Jim Cummings in the third film. He's similar to Poseidon, the Greek sea God in Greek Mythology.
Before Queen Athena dies, Triton was a loving, free-spirited and devoted husband and father. He then becomes more strict because of his wife's death and decides to ban music from Atlantica. Eventually King Triton comes to terms with the death of his wife and allows music and dancing in Atlantica.
Triton is a caring father, but he is very strict. King Triton has a xenophobia against humans which is what starts most of King Triton and Ariel's spats. King Triton has a very explosive temper, but he feels very guilty after he and Ariel argues.
We don't see too much interaction with King Triton and his other daughters, mostly because Ariel is the main character of Disney's The Little Mermaid. In Disney's The Princess and the Frog King Triton appears as a parade float during the Mardi Gras Parade.
It seems as if Disney shows a lot of mothers dying in their movies. Among Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and Jane (from Disney's Tarzan), Ariel's mother also dies before the original Disney movie begins. Unlike Belle, Cinderella, Jane, and Jasmine's mothers, Ariel's mother is actually depicted in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning and even shows how Queen Athena dies and reveals her name.
The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel's Beginning - How Queen Athena Died
Ariel's Memories of Queen Athena
The Late Queen of Atlantica
Queen Athena is very beautiful with green eyes, a blue tail, and long auburn hair styled similarly to Ariel's hair. Queen Athena is mentioned several times throughout the Little Mermaid Franchise, but she is first seen in The Little Mermaid: A New Beginning. The name Athena is the name of the Greek Goddess of wisdom.
Queen Athena's oldest daughter, Attina is a variant of Athena and possibly is the reason why Attina sounds like her mother. Queen Athena saves Attina's life when the pirates show up and destroys the mermaid frolic that was going on in the sea when Queen Athena dies.
Not much is known about Queen Athena except that she seems to be a great mother who loves to sing and her family. Her first daughter, Attina, looks like her, but her youngest daughter, Ariel, looks like her. Personally, I would love to see more of Queen Athena and her backstory.
Daughters of Triton
Attina Makeup Tutorial
Princess Attina is King Triton and Queen Athena's eldest daughter, the first heir of Atlantica. In The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, it is revealed that as a result of Princess Attina's fin getting stuck in a rock, Queen Athena couldn't escape danger fast enough to save herself because she dislodged her eldest daughter's fin from the boulder to save Attina instead of herself.
Attina's name was created after a play that Alan Menken worked on prior to the creation of Disney's The Little Mermaid. In a Disney Princess Magazine it was revealed that Ursula was trying to ruin Princess Attina's wedding, and Princess Attina is confirmed to be the eldest, as seen in the scanned photos below.
Aquata Makeup Tutorial
Aquata was speculated to be the eldest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, but in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, Aquata is actually said to be the fourth oldest, even though some Disney experts claim that she is the second eldest of the princesses of Atlantica. Aquata is characterized as having brown eyes - even though in the first movie her eyes were blue like all her sisters - and hair with a blue seashell bra and blue fins. Not too much is known about Aquata, or her place in Atlantica's royal lineup of princesses.
Andrina Inspired Makeup
Some Disney media claims that Andrina is the second eldest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, while other claim that she is the third or fourth. Andrina has blonde hair and hazel eyes with a magenta seashell bra and a dark lavender tail. She is portrayed as the athletic princess - being into sports and gymnastics. In the prequel, Andrina is the sister that seems to love teasing her other sisters, which makes some believe that perhaps she is the eldest royal daughter.
Arista - Cause I'm a Blonde
Arista has blue eyes and long, pale blonde hair that's tied up into a ponytail with matching red bra and tail. She seems to have a natural talent for playing the saxaphone and to be a bit of a ditzy kleptomaniac in the prequel movie. She is also shown to argue with Aquata on several occasions and bumps heads quite often with Ariel. It is unknown as to why she - nor Alana - made an appearance in The Little Mermaid 2 at Melody's celebration.
Adella has a chartreuse yellow tail with a chartreuse green seashell bra. She has long brown hair tied into a ponytail in the back with her bangs in a ponytail as well. Adella is portrayed to be vain and shallow and boy-crazy about the merboys underwater. Media release since 1989 states that Adella is the fifth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, but features from the prequel stated that Adella is the third princess of Atlantica.
Disney portrays the Atlantican princesses as different ages and can't seem to decide the order of the daughters of King Triton. Addella blatantly states that she is two years older than Ariel, which makes her 18 in the original Disney's Little Mermaid. It's speculated that Arista and Adella are twins because Arista was also seventeen in the third film. Disney has made Adella slimmer through the years as opposed to her robust size in the original Disney feature film.
Alana has violet eyes with a pink tail, purple bra, and black hair with a pink tiara on top. Disney media stated that Alana is the sixth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, but in the prequel movie, she is the second eldest after Attina. Alana is said to be shy and that she likes to spend time tending to her sea garden and has a pet sea turtle. Along with Arista, Alana was not at the christening of their first niece, Melody.
Though Princess Ariel's sister's exact ages and place in the line of Disney Atlantican Princess are misinformed, one thing is for certain, Ariel is the last and youngest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena. To read more about Princess Ariel and other Disney Princesses, read Disney Princess Franchise.
The Little Mermaid Princesses
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Ariel & Melody Singing - For a Moment
At first sight, Princess Melody is the basic average tomboyish 12-year old girl who is seeking to find out who she really is and fascinated by the ocean - especially because her mother banned her from ever touching it.
Melody inherited her father - Prince Eric's - hair color, skin color, and eyebrows, but the way her hair falls is all Ariel's. Her facial structure, curiosity, and her singing talent also comes from her mother.
Melody is shy, adventurous, tomboyish, headstrong, and sassy. Melody is the first Disney character to be the offspring of a Disney Princess. Melody - despite being a Disney Princess - isn't included in the official Disney Princess Lineup.