Monday, May 31, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 nets a mermaid

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has been cast as Syrena, a "beautiful and alluring young mermaid" in the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' according to various movie sites. It’s supposed to be released May 20, 2011. I had promised myself I wouldn't be seeing it as I didn't like the two follow up movies, mostly thanks to Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom. Good news (for me) is that they won't be in this one, so with promise of a mermaid and the return of Geoffrey Rush, I'll probably be seeing this one in the theatre.

EDIT***

Okay I just learned that Megan Fox is pursuing a role that calls for a sinister mermaid. According to word on the web, Megan “would play a mermaid who charms Captain Jack but she has a dark motive."
I'm assuming that this is a different mermaid.


The synopsis: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise –this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain ofYouth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sade as a mermaid

In the video for No Ordinary Love, singer Sade is done up as a mermaid pining for her love while under the sea!


Pearl Fishers 1570

Pearl Fishers 1570-72 Oil on slate, 116 x 86 cm Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
 
Allori was the follower of Agnolo Bronzino, and his style imitates the cool, smooth manner of his teacher. Exquisite male and female nudes, human and mythological, play about on rocks, dive off boats, and bring up shells overflowing with seawater and pearls. The Pearl Fishers is generally considered his masterpiece. He was one of the last notable exponents of Mannerism, painting in a style that had become outmoded by the time of his death.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Summer Beauty

Well it's almost summer and everyone is putting out new lines! Sephora has a cute new nail shade called Caliente Coral! It's a limited edition so it'll be gone by the end of summer. They've also got some lovely new blue colors  ( Teal We Meet Again, Caribbean Cocktail , and Midnight Mambo [pictured above]) which are part of their Havana Nights collection. In other "nail news'' Chanel has a pretty turquoise color for this summer that's bound to sell out and be overly expensive just like last summer's big color, Jade.


MAC has a summer line called To The Beach and everything is decorated with coral and seahorses and shells. Very mermaidish. I love the turquoise/green eye khol called Float On By, and will definitely be picking up the Sand & Sun (peach) eye shadow! There's also a really cute canvas bag but it's beyond what I'd want to pay ($50)!



The Float On By eyeliner is perfect for one of the hot trends this summer- blue/turquoise eyes! According to Sephora (and every other magazine I pick up) blue liner and eyeshadow are in! Of course there are wrong and right ways to do this look. Personally I think that a little blue goes a very very long way, so don't overdo it. Try Nars color Burn It Blue.



Another interesting trend that's supposed to be hot this summer (according to Vogue magazine), blue hair streaks! I've done this off and on for years with a wash out color by Beyond the Zone called Tripped-Up Turquoise. You can pick it up at Sally's for about $6. If you plan to try this look and your color isn't light-medium blonde, I recommend bleaching out the strands you want to dye, otherwise the color won't show up very well.



(By the way, the pic is not me!)

And one more look at the MAC shimmery sea palette! 
 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on American Dad


Recently, while rewatching American Dad (yes we watch lots of trash TV) episode Francine's Flashback, Venus and I spotted another dead mermaid joke.

Poor Ariel. What's everyone got against her?



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bob Hope meets the Mermaids

Cartoon Snap has high resolution scans of a comic about Bob Hope meeting mermaids!  Very cool and totally worth checking out!

Basically Bob needs money for rent so dives to the bottom of the sea for treasure and ends up meeting the queen of the mermaids!

They've got a link so you can download a PDF of the whole comic!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mermaid, Betty Boop

Betty Boop style mermaid in Time on my Hands 1932.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Every Mothers Son

Okay, so this post is in no way mermaid related but I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs with you all!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met

Who ever heard of an operatic whale?
Despite the less than happy ending this is a fantastic short. The most amazing thing about it is that Nelson Eddy did every single voice in the short. He sang duets with himself (picture two Nelson Eddys') and with help from technology finished the short as an entire choir of Nelson Eddys'.  Incredible!!





Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Merman Sighting on the Simpsons

Just in case you hadn't guessed, one of my favorite shows is the Simpsons! Most seasons have an episode that is a storyteller episode. It's usually got a theme (history, tall tales, sea stories) and is divided into three stories.
In the fourteenth episode of the thirteenth season, Tales from the Public Domain, Homer reads three stories to the kids. One of the tales he tells is the Odyssey. Homer is Odysseus and after destroying Troy he refuses to make a sacrfice to the gods who then curse him and his crew. They used the Sea Captain to be Poseidon. Later in the episode Marge's sisters Patty and Selma are the beatiful (sounding) sirens.

I just found this other version of Homer in the Odyssey from the simpsons comic.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mermaid Sighting 1947

In 1947 on the Island of Muck, in the Highland Region of Scotland, 80-year-old fisherman, Alexander Gunn,  reports seeing a real mermaid. ‘in the sea about 20 yards from the shore, sitting combing her hair on a floating herring box used to preserve live lobsters. Unfortunately, as soon as the mermaid looked round, she realized that she had been seen, and plunged into the sea’.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Isreali Mermaid Sighting


Whatever happened to that mermaid spotted in Israel last August?


Mermaid fever sweeps Israel beach town of Krivat Yam as many report sightings of fabled creature
BY Issie Lapowsky
Mermaids really do exist. So say a new wave of believers who swear they’ve seen the fabled fish in the flesh.
In the town of Kirvat Yam, Israel, where dozens of people have reported mermaid sightings, a $1 million reward is on the line for anyone who can prove by photo or capture that mermaids do exist, reports the Jerusalem Post.
“Many people are telling us they are sure they've seen a mermaid and they are all independent of each other," Kirvat Yam town council spokesman Natti Zilberman told Sky News.
Many of the sightings have taken place at sunset, attracting crowds of tourists and locals alike, hoping to snap a picture of the mythological creature.
"People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks, then disappears," Zilberman said.
Witness Shlomo Cohen was one of the first to identify the mysterious creature, according to IsraelNationalNews.com.
"I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way,” he said. “At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail. At least five of us saw it and we all couldn't believe it."
The town council, which is offering the reward, insists that the mermaid mania is not just a marketing ploy to attract tourists, though it does hope tourists will come out to try their luck at the $1 million prize.
"I believe,” Zilberman said, “if there really is a mermaid, then so many people and tourists will come to Kiryat Yam, a lot more money will be made than $1 million."



Friday, May 14, 2010

Merbabies again

Over at Animation Backgrounds there is a post about  the backgrounds used in Merbabies. While this is a Disney short, the boatload of the work was done at  the Harman-Ising studio, due to Snow White taking up everyone's time. Harman and Ising worked for Disney back in the Oswald/Alice comedy days.


Animation Backgrounds also has several posts from the Little Mermaid (not enough undersea shots IMO), a few  of the underwater panels from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (I'd love to see more) and while I didn't find any from the undersea (or 'in the whale') portion of Pinocchio I'm sure it'll happen eventually! Honestly if you have even a passing interest in animation (as in, you watch it) you should check out this blog! What you'll see will amaze you!

See Merbabies and Waterbabies on my blog  here.

Even More Mermaid Ads

The title says it all!
Axe deodorant spray

Great towels?

Borrowed this from the Retrospace Tumblr

Mermaids know their pools!

And they're experts when it comes to travel!

And you can bet I'm calling this mermaid the next time I'm arrested for fighting with the Sea Captain (kidding, I'm kidding)

Well that's it for now!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cahoon Mermaids

Just in case you didn't know. Click on the pic to make it bigger.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mermaid Sighting 1830

The year was 1830 on the small island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. A farmwoman cutting seaweed with her neighbors on the shore was startled to see the fish-like form of "a woman in miniature" happily turning somersaults just a few feet from her.

Several men attempted to capture the creature as she splashed about, but were unable to. As she appeared to getting away a boy struck her in the back with a rock. Days later, the mermaid's dead body washed ashore. A careful examination was performed and documented by local officials. Everyone agreed that this was a mermaid and therefore partly human. As a result, there was a complete burial in a shroud and a coffin made by order of the chief magistrate of the island.

The corpse was seen and described in detail by Alexander Carmichael, a well-known scholar. 'The upper portion of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with an abnormally developed breast. The hair was long and glossy, while the skin was white, soft and tender. The lower part was like a salmon, but without scales.' 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sea Wees

Plaid Stallions has up the 1980 Kenner catalog pictures of Sea Wees!

Sea Wees were some of the first toys I remember having as a kid (really little, like three or four years) and actually being aware that you could buy them (well these and smurfs.) I remember having barbies and dolls and things but I actually remember hassling my parents to buy me Sea Wees. My favorites were the last of the line, the Bubble Ballet mothers and daughters.

I didn't just play with my girls in the tub either. I took them everywhere, including to my cousins house where his little brother proceeded to eat the heads off of them. I remember crying so hard! Fortuanately for me I didn't take all of them over and so I still have my Tropi-gals Flora with baby Finella and my Icy-gals Breezy and baby Rory. To be perfectly honest these girls still live in my bathroom!



You can still find these

 
on Ebay sometimes, but unless you can't live without them the price just might be to high! That said, I would love to have a MOC Taffeta and baby whirl!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Topp White Shark


Track an actual real live shark. What the widget says is supposedly true, although in a week I haven't seen any changes.

Atargatis

Atargatis (called Derketo by the Greeks and Philistines) is the Syrian fertility goddess of the earth and water who also happens to be the first mermaid. One Greek story says that Atargatis fell in love with a shepherd-boy. He, being a mere mortal, was killed by her divine lovemaking. When she realized she was pregnant she became distraught and remorseful. After the birth, and leaving the baby (Semiramis) on the shore, Atargatis threw herself into a pool to drown. Instead she was changed to a fish woman (mermaid.) Another story says that Atargatis was hatched from an egg that fell from heaven and landed in the Euphrates river, where some fish pushed it to shore. There on the banks, a dove incubated it and helped it to hatch. To show her gratitude to the fish, Atargatis persuaded Zeus to put an image of the fish in the stars creating the constellation Pisces.
As a goddess, Atargatis was worshiped throughout Syria and beyond, but mainly in the city of Hieropolis. At her temples there were fish ponds containing her sacred fish that only her priests were allowed to touch. Supposedly the fish knew their own names and would come when called. Glueck noted in 1936 that "to this day there is a sacred fish-pond swarming with untouchable fish at Qubbet el-Baeddwī, in Lebanon. She is often associated with Astarte, Ishtar, Venus Urania, Hera, Rhea, Cybele, Aphrodite.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on Sesame Street

Ethel Mermaid was a parody of Ethel Merman seen on Sesame Street. Ethel Merman introduced I get a kick out of you in the musical Anything Goes in 1934. Ethel Mermaid sings I get a kick out of U as a parody. I haven't found a video yet, but I'll keep looking!

Announcer's voice: Ladies and gentlemen and sardines, Miss Ethel Mermaid!

I get no kick out of A
B, C and D are just letters to me
And E makes me endlessly blue
But I get a kick (she kicks a fish with her tail, as she does in each verse)
Out of U

I get no fun from an F
G, H and I merely cause me to sigh
And J really makes me boo-hoo
But I get a kick
Out of U

K, L, M, N
O, P, Q, R, S
Are nothing once you've seen them
'Though T and V don't appeal to me
I'm nuts for what's between them
W gives me no thrill
X, Y and Z are not my cup of tea
They just tell me the alphabet's through
But I get a kick
Out of U

All the fish: K, L, M, N
O, P, Q, R, S
Are nothing once you've seen them

Solo Fish: 'Though T and V don't appeal to her
She's nuts for what's between them

Ethel: W gives me no thrill
X, Y and Z are not my cup of tea
They just tell me the alphabet's through
But I get a kick
A really big kick
I get a kick
Out of U

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Mermaid's Pendant by LeAnn Neal Reilly

Surlalune Blog has an article on a book that you might find interesting. I'll do a review as soon as I've read it.


Product Description:
Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID'S PENDANT is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are -- and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure. Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic. Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers' journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind's aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an ex-pat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family. THE MERMAID'S PENDANT is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love. 

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mermaids-Pendant-LeAnn-Neal-Reilly/dp/0982687508?ie=UTF8&tag=thesurlalufairyt&link_code=bil&camp=213689&creative=392969

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sea Prince and Fire Child

Another of my favorite movies from childhood. For me before Romeo and Juliet there was Sirius and Malta. Long before they were born fire and water existed together and loved one another. The god of the winds caused them to turn against one another and forced them apart never to be together again. The prince of the sea, son of great Oceanus falls in love with a fire sprite, who happens to be the daughter of Hyperia, goddess of fire. Like Romeo and Juliet their love is destined for disaster. It's beautifully animated and like the Anime Little Mermaid end on a tragic note.



The entire film is on Youtube and it's lovely!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Blast from the Past

Denmark: Tears for a Mermaid Friday, May. 01, 1964

Of all the Sea King's six pretty daughters, she was the youngest and fairest. "Her skin," said Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen, "was as soft and tender as a rose petal, and her eyes were as blue as the deep sea—but like all the others, she had no feet. Her body ended in a fishtail."
She was The Little Mermaid. And of all the Sirens and Scyllas seen by all the storm-tossed mariners, she was the first and only daughter of her finny race to serve as Neptune's permanent, peaceful ambassador to the footed world. Inspired by the Andersen story, a sculptor gave her form. Her abode became a wave-washed rock outside Copenhagen's harbor; her sleek, demure figure personified the life-giving sea and sea-sustained Denmark.

Alas for The Little Mermaid! Peering in horror across the misty bay early one morning last week, a Danish laborer found that the Sea King's daughter had been most foully murdered. Where glistening head and neck had once bent yearningly seaward, there was only a jagged hole. As news of the deed spread through Copenhagen, Danes by the thousands came to stand and grieve along the waterfront. City officials assured Danes that Sculptor Edvard Eriksen's 50-year-old mold had been preserved; the mermaid would be recapitated within the week. Maybe. To earthlings who had come to love the Sea King's daughter, there was little comfort in the thought that welders could repair such wanton carnage. But, of course, The Mermaid is immortal, a creature of foam and sky. If tears were to be shed, they should be for the vandal—or, as Hans Andersen put it, for the "naughty child. And each tear adds a day to the time of our trial."
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