Which 1980s TV favorites almost voiced Ursula the Sea Witch for Disney's The Little Mermaid

January 13, 2015 8:11 PM

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As you read through the liner notes for Walt Disney Record's Legacy Collection version of The Little Mermaid soundtrack (which is this terrific 2 disc exploration of the Academy Award-winning score that Howard Ashman & Alan Menken wrote for this 1989 Walt Disney Animation Studios release), there's an anecdote in there that's sure to blow pop culture fans' minds. It reveals how Ashman (who not only wrote the lyrics for this John Musker / Ron Clements film but also helped shape its story & characters) wanted Ursula the Sea Witch to be ...

Which -- I know -- sounds kind of bizarre. But as Allan Neuwith revealed in his excellent behind-the-scenes book, Makin' Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Movies (Allworth Press, April 2003), Howard wasn't just looking for a Alexis Carrington clone.

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