Disney fans have a long history of reading into Disney films. Especially where The Little Mermaid is concerned, fans have dug deeper, searching for hidden meanings, unexpected visuals, and connections to other Disney stories.
Perhaps that's why an Facebook user's unobtrusive fan theory about a plot hole in the Little Mermaid has set the Internet spinning over the past day. But is it really a plot hole? Let's take a closer look.
Facebook user Mary Falls spent some time on Saturday musing about a plot hole in the classic Disney film about a bubbly redheaded mermaid who trades her voice for a chance to win the heart of the human prince she's fallen in love with. Mary suddenly realized the entire plot could have been avoided with ease if only Ariel knew how to write:
Interestingly, although the original Facebook post only has 3 shares, it was picked up by Huffington Post, who contacted one of the animators who worked on the film, Tom Sito. He stated that of course Mary wasn't alone in wondering why Ariel didn't just write a letter: Many years ago, at least one child had asked the animation team the same thing. At the time, according to Sito, The animators smiled to each other and one said, " ... Next question." Well? Are we to assume the animators are t