Disney Villain Countdown: 1/40
**Spoiler Alert! Some villains are revealed in plot twists, so if you haven't seen all the movies...**
When I'd finalized the rankings, my husband took a peek. "Ursula's on top, eh? THAT'S a surprise." He dripped with sarcasm. What the heck? Ursula isn't my favorite villain. "Yeah, but you talk about her like she is, and you defended her so hard against Ariel." Huh. I did, didn't I? I'm not saying it wasn't a close race, because it was: less than 5 points separate the top 5, Ursula just manages to edge out the win by not having any comparatively low scoring categories. I also find it fascinating that the film that yielded the poorest Disney Heroine yielding the best villain. It just goes to show, Little Mermaid was Ursula's movie, everybody else was just supporting staff.
The sea witch. Ursula is physically intimidating, but she's also SMART. At least, compared to the merpeople she is... maybe she just seems smarter, because Triton and his daughters are so comparatively dense? Either way, she's managed to manipulate her way to a whole garden of slave seaweed, so she is not to be effed with.
It's like Divine got turned into a purple skinned octopus. Seriously, what more could you possibly ask for? She even transforms into GIANT MECHA URSULA for the climax! Not good enough, you say? Fine, she transforms herself into Vanessa (why do all animated bitchy girls have names that start with V?), a gorgeous seductress who manages to ensnare doofy Eric in moments. The Gozer the Gozarian hair, the incredibly expressive face, every wave of her hand it genius. Perfect score, and bravo.
Wit & Quotability
Seriously, the smartest person in the film by miles. She manages to manipulate her way to very nearly being queen of the ocean, and only loses because SOMEBODY chooses to violate their contract. Just sayin'. Love you, Queen! Perfect score.
There is NOBODY like Ursula. That voice, those eyebrows, those bouncing hips. Ursula owns the screen. She's also funny and clever and infinitely more likable than the heroine. Her back story is only hinted at, that she was banished from Triton's kingdom, but for what? Ahhh that air of villainous mystery. I want an Ursula prequel. I want it more than that dopey Maleficent movie. Seriously, Disney, URSULA MOVIE TIME!
Though not a low score, it's as low as Ursula gets in any category. Flotsam and Jetsam are wonderful with their weird glowing eyes and raspy lisps, there's just not a LOT to them. Also it needs to be said: when Ursula gets manipulated into accidentally killing her own pets? THAT was what pushed her into going all murderous mecha-bitch, and wouldn't you? Seriously, she's so darn sympathetic! I'd have wanted prince and mermaid head on a platter after that, too!
Poor Unfortunate Souls, lyrically and visually, is a masterpiece. It's a testament to who Ursula is: she's just trying to help people out, it's not their fault that they don't read the fine print or fulfill their contracts. Seriously, IT'S NOT. If you are dumb enough not to read the fine print on your contract, I have no sympathy for you and neither does Ursula. Ursula also sings a little ditty as Vanessa, getting to borrow Jodi Benson's heroic vocal chords. It's charming, and it keeps Ursula in the A territory.
Soooo.... THAT'S IT! Months of research and it's all out there. What do YOU think? Who's your favorite villain? Anything else you want me to give the scoring treatment? Let me know, and thanks for reading.
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