Sorry, Episode VII. The biggest box office smash in Chinese history is The Mermaid, the latest film from Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer). An environmentalist tale with a harsh message about humans exploiting the oceans and mistreating other life forms, The Mermaid has made an estimated $431 million in two weeks.
Renee Nault's lovely watercolor mermaid paintings often depict full underwater scenes, showing off not just her mythological creatures, but also the real life creatures swimming and growing beneath the surface.
In so many supernatural boy-meets-girl stories, the supernatural creature abandons their world (or vice versa) in the name of romance. But in the charming animated short High Tide, a boy from under the sea find something else on land worth pursuing.
The notion of the inverted mermaid usually comes up as something of a joke, Hannah Yata's gorgeous and grotesque paintings give us lovely ladies with fish for heads while evoking mythology, Renaissance era painting, and beauty and monstrosity of the natural world. Artful nudity and fish vomit below.
Cats rule their humans in Yasmine Surovec's crazy-eyed webcomic Cat vs. Human, and it seems mermaids are not immune to their aloof charms. In her retelling of The Little Mermaid, a young mermaid wants to pet a cat and seeks the aid of the Sea Witch to become a cat cuddling human. Naturally, it doesn't go well.
David Foster Wallace once wrote that "Every love story is a ghost story." Which sounds awfully pretentious, until you come across a book like Mark Siegel's graphic novel Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson and you realize just how intertwined the two genres really can be. It's a tale of lust, desire and lost…
What if the evil stepsisters had perfectly sized feet? What if Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was ten minutes long? What if Cruella de Vil evaded the authorities and those animal hoarding charges?
Underneath our skin all people are the same — unless, that is, you have tentacles instead of legs, a fishtail where your waist ends, or a long, elegant beak springing from your face.
We all know that the original story of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, a dark tale that includes sea-foam stabbings, and magical hair-cutting. But are we really ready for a dark Little Mermaid reinvention, with less singing and more suicide?
We recently talked to Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, who plays the main mermaid Syrena in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She told us about her mermaid history and what makes Syrena different from mermaids we've seen before.
Atonement director Joe Wright is making a real life Little Mermaid film. We're flipping our fins over this, but will his version have the dark ending Hans Christian Andersen originally intended for the Mermaid?
Hayao Miyazaki's latest film Ponyo may be inspired by "The Little Mermaid," but amidst its stunning underwater scenes and raging storms, it's less a tale of romantic love than of strong, self-sufficient characters eager for new adventures.