Today's letter for the A-Z Challenge is U. One of my favorite monsters that Disney created is Ursula, an evil sea witch who's wicked character helped make the The Little Mermaid a classic animated film.
Essentially, Ursula's character was a sea witch. The original tale of The Little Mermaid, written by Hans Christian Anderson, has the sea witch and a "neutral enabler," who sells her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her voice. Disney, however, decided to change her role into a "full-fledged antagonist" when they created the animated version of The Little Mermaid, back in 1989. For information about Ursula see Disney Wiki.
Why I think she's a classic monster
Although, I think the original tale of The Little Mermaid is darker, Disney definitely brought this character to life. What I like about Ursula is she's memorable, evil and a little bit funny too. I like that she seeks revenge from King Triton, Ariel's father because he cast her out of the City of Atlantica. She's also treats her minion eels Flotsam and Jetsam, like her children. Remember that? I read how Disney, after watching a documentary on octupi, lead to the eventual creation of the nefarious character. It you remember, those who sought her help and made a bargain with the powerful witch, always lost and were turned into polyps. One of my favorite scenes is when she sings Poor Unfortunate Souls. Do you remember that song?
Sadly, Disney's merchandising department remade this classic animated character last year and released a slim down version of the doll. What a crime! See how the butchered her here.
What other monsters where you thinking about? I thought about the Undead and Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge.