Disney's hit 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid had little girls back then (myself included) fantasize about having red hair and brushing it with a dinglehopper. Who could ever forget Ariel's long auburn locks?
Disney revealed that animators back then had a major reason to Ariel being a redhead. In 1984, mermaid film Splash was such a big hit, which starred blonde actress, Daryl Hannah opposite Tom Hanks. The team decided that if Ariel also had blonde locks, it would be too similar to Daryl's iconic character, Madison. Plus, red was complimentary to Ariel's green tail.
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