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Aquarianne is a mermaid who appears in the eighth episode of the third season of Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, in the section titled "Water Way to Go". She is found washed up on the shore by Sunni Gummi and Augustus "Gusto" Gummi, the latter of whom finds her artistically inspiring. Aquarianne later rescues Sunni from drowning and is captured by Duke Igthorn, but is rescued by her new-found friends.

Background

Physical Appearance

Aquarianne is one of Disney's pre-Renaissance mermaids, as the episode featuring her aired between 1984's Splash! and 1989's The Little Mermaid. With the character and her show (Adventures of the Gummi Bears) being aimed at a younger audience, she is not entirely topless like the former film's Madison, and neither does she display what was described as Ariel's quality of being "innocently sexy." Rather, Aquarianne has a tail whose scales cover her like a moderately-conservative evening gown, wholly covering her torso and breasts and forming a finned decolletage about her lower neckline. Increasing the busyness of this neckline is a necklace adorned with scallop shells and a conch shell which she uses as a very important whistle.

This whistle summons the whale-like leviathan known as Finwithit, who serves as Aquarianne's constant protector. The rest of Aquarianne's appearance suggests that she is accustomed to a somewhat sheltered existence, for her features are somewhat childlike. Her human parts are softly shaped, her long blonde hair is naturally downy and voluminous, and her gentle eyes suggest both intelligence and innocence.

Personality

If ever a character could be described as "cautiously adventurous", it is Aquarianne. A great deal of mystery surrounds her, beginning as soon as she is found washed up on the beach, but she always carries herself with an air of quiet, gentle confidence, even when frightened or despairing. Like dolphins and other cetacean nonhuman persons, Aquarianne is altruistic and will swiftly rescue anyone she perceives to be drowning, regardless of species or general bent towards good or evil. Unfortunately, this impulsive kindness often leaves her vulnerable. 

Fortunately, Aquarianne has Finwithit - a massive sea creature easily 20-30 feet long - to come to her rescue. It is unknown whether he was assigned to be her guardian by her merfolk society or if they met in some other manner, but Finwithit is a companion whom Aquarianne has come to depend upon very much. Finwithit provides a little intriguing insight into Aquarianne's world, for despite her adventurous innocence she is acutely aware of her nigh-helplessness on land and is swift to call upon his aid; nevertheless, Aquarianne never abuses this privilege and clearly cares about Finwithit deeply.

Aquarianne's attitude toward the surface world is somewhat unique among depictions of mermaids. She is, of course, not a predacious monster like so many mermaids seen in recent years, but neither is she quite so much like Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid as other mermaids of years past. She may look like a classic animation of said mermaid, but she harbors no preconceptions about surface life and is prepared to defend herself against threats therefrom. This makes her easily-influenced - as Sunni so swiftly discovered - but it does not dampen her heroic and kind spirit.

Abilities

Being a mermaid, Aquarianne possesses some special abilities not possessed by normal humans.

  • Mermaid Swimming: Having a mermaid tail, Aquarianne is capable of swimming more swiftly and efficiently than an equivalent creature with legs (that is why the legs and feet of whales and dolphins evolved into tails with flukes).
  • Aquatic Empathy: Aquarianne has the ability to speak or otherwise communicate with aquatic animals, though this may extend only to cetaceans. Not only does she communicate with Finwithit via her conch-shell whistle and speak with him as though he can understand her, but she also is able to enlist the aid of dolphins as mounts and companions.

Role in Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Aquarianne is first discovered while beached and partially covered by seaweed and flotsam with only her mermaid tail visible; thus she is initially mistaken for a large fish. Once the truth is revealed, Gusto becomes obsessed with using her as an artistic subject; so much so that he actually grabs her and Aquarianne, already at a serious disadvantage on land, becomes frightened and blows the small conch-shell whistle about her neck. This summons Finwithit, a huge cetacean perhaps related to the cachalot (sperm) whale, who routs both Gummi Bears. Now perceiving herself safe, Aquarianne calls off the pursuit and she and Finwithit examine Gusto's sketchbook, which he abandoned in his haste to escape. The mermaid is impressed by the artwork therein and resolves to return it to its rightful owner, yet as she is swimming after Gusto she is spotted by Duke Igthorn and his minions...

Aquarianne arrives at Gusto's home in time to rescue Sunni, who has fallen into the water, from drowning. Unfortunately, the sketchbook did not survive its underwater voyage, and Aquarianne wonders how she can make it up to Gusto. He tells her that he will be happy if she allows him to sketch her. Aquarianne agrees, yet Sunni - who had repeatedly offered herself as a subject for Gusto - becomes so jealous that she lies to her, saying that Gusto really wants to capture her so that he can eat her. Aquarianne believes Sunni, especially after Gusto promises to 'hang her over his mantle piece', and escapes into the water.

The mermaid shortly thereafter discovers Toadwart, who appears to be drowning. Always the altruistic heroine, Aquarianne attempts to rescue him, only to discover that it is a trap as Toad tries to overpower her. Aquarianne is able to send him flying with a flip of her tail, but Igthorn then catches her in a fishing net which he had prepared for this purpose. Though unable to escape by herself, Aquarianne knows that she has a protector to help her - until Igthorn takes her conch whistle from her. The Duke has Aquarianne taken back to his castle, for he plans to use the whistle to trick Finwithit into helping him seize Dunwyn Castle. Locked in a slave cart, a dehydrated Aquarianne falls into unconsciousness.

Aquarianne awakens with the feel of water on her body; Sunni has splashed her with a bucket full. At first she is frightened to find Gusto there too, yet Sunni explains her deception and he apologizes for causing her to feel neglected. However, he doesn't want to neglect the ogres of Drekmore Castle either, and thus he and Sunni work together to lift and carry Aquarianne out of the cart and - hopefully - out of the castle. They literally bump into an ogre, however, yet Aquarianne is able to stun him with a blow from her powerful tail. The ogre swiftly recovers and gathers his fellows, yet fortunately Aquarianne was being held in a courtyard and thus she and the Gummies are able to escape by leaping from the castle into the water.

To speed her party more swiftly through the water, Aquarianne enlists the aid of dolphins to serve as mounts for herself, Sunni, and Gusto. Together they reach Dunwyn Keep just as Finwithit is breaking through its outer wall, unaware that his captive companion was in another castle. Gusto's feathered companion is able to cause Toadwart to drop the conch whistle, however, and it is returned to Aquarianne. She uses it call off Finwithit's attack, and he rewards Igthorn and his companions with a swipe of his tail which creates a wave knocking them all into the river. Aquarianne understands Sunni's feelings of jealousy and forgives her easily; the two then pose for Gusto in one another's arms.

Gallery


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Media

Adventures of the Gummi Bears | Comic strip | Videography

Books

Cubbi Finds a Friend | Gummies to the Rescue | Tummi and the Dragon | Zummi's Magic Spell

Characters

The Gummi Bears: Zummi | Gruffi | Grammi | Tummi | Sunni | Cubbi | Gusto | Buddy | Gritty | Chummi Gummi | Sir Gallent | Sir Thornberry | Ursa
Other Characters: Cavin | Princess Calla | King Gregor | Sir Tuxford | Artie Deco | Loopy | Gryphons | Aquarianne | Finwithit | Chillbeard | Chillbeard Jr. | Real Dragon | Sir Gawain | Prince Yen Moon | Princess Marie | King Jean-Claude | Doctor Dexter | Madame Placebo | Ramas | Victor Igthorn | Nogum | Giggilen | Abbot Costello | Tree Folk | Cliff Dragons | Gustav the Giant
Villains: Duke Igthorn | Toadwart | Tadpole | Ogres | Lady Bane | Evelyn and Emmadrille | Trolls | Troggles | Carpies | Airiels | Spinster | Floogel | Jabberflies | Slugger | Gargoyle | Hunter | Malsinger | Angelo Davini | Lord Willoughby | Flint Shrubwood | Zorlock and Grot | Marquis de Bouillabaisse | Marzipan | Dreaded One | Mysterious Knight | Unwin | Giant

Episodes

Season One: "A New Beginning" | "The Sinister Sculptor" | "Zummi Makes it Hot" | "Someday My Prints Will Come" | "Can I Keep Him?" | "A Gummi in a Gilded Cage" | "The Oracle" | "When You Wish Upon a Stone" | "A Gummi by Any Other Name" | "Loopy, Go Home" | "A-Hunting We Will Go" | "The Fence Sitter" | "Night of the Gargoyle" | "The Secret of the Juice" | "Sweet and Sour Gruffi" | "Duel of the Wizards" | "What You See is Me" | "Toadie's Wild Ride" | "Bubble Trouble" | "Gummi in a Strange Land" | "Light Makes Right"
Season Two: "Up, Up, and Away" | "Faster Than a Speeding Tummi" | "For a Few Sovereigns More" | "Over the River and Through the Trolls" | "You Snooze, You Lose" | "The Crimson Avenger" | "A Hard Dazed Knight" | "Do Unto Ogres" | "For Whom the Spell Holds" | "Little Bears Lost" | "Guess Who's Gumming to Dinner?" | "My Gummi Lies Over the Ocean"
Season Three: "Too Many Cooks" | "Just a Tad Smarter" | "If I Were You" | "Eye of the Beholder" | "Presto Gummo" | "A Tree Grows in Dunwyn" | "Day of the Beevilweevils" | "Water Way to Go" | "Close Encounters of the Gummi Kind" | "Snows Your Old Man" | "Boggling the Bears" | "The Knights of Gummadoon" | "Mirthy Me" | "Gummi Dearest
Season Four: "The Magnificent Seven Gummies" | "Music Hath Charms" | "Dress for Success" | "A Knight to Remember" | "Gummies Just Want to Have Fun" | "Color Me Gummi" | "There's No Place Like Home" | "He Who Laughs Last" | "Tummi's Last Stand" | "The Crimson Avenger Strikes Again" | "Ogre Baby Boom" | "The White Knight" | "Girl's Knight Out" | "Good Neighbor Gummi" | "Top Gum" | "Gummi's At Sea"
Season Five: "The Road to Ursalia" | "Let Sleeping Giants Lie" | "A Gummi a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" | "Life of the Party" | "Bridge on the River Gummi" | "My Kingdom for a Pie" | "The World According to Gusto" | "Ogre for a Day" | "Princess Problems" | "A Gummi is a Gummi's Best Friend" | "Beg, Burrow and Steal"
Season Six: "Return to Ursalia" "Never Give a Gummi an Even Break" | "A Gummi's Work is Never Done" | "Friar Tum" | "Tuxford's Turnaround" | "Toadie the Conqueror" | "Zummi in Slumberland" | "Patchwork Gummi" | "Once More, the Crimson Avenger" | "Thornberry to the Rescue" | "A Recipe for Trouble" | "Queen of the Carpies" | "True Gritty" | "King Igthorn" | "Tummi Trouble" | "Rocking Chair Bear" | "Trading Faces" | "May the Best Princess Win" | "Wings Over Dunwyn" | "The Rite Stuff"

Locations

Dunwyn Castle | Drekmore Castle | Gummi Glen | Gummadoon | Quick Tunnels | Gusto Falls | Ursalia | Airiel Island | Xiang Wu | New Gumbrea | Pendragon Hill | Leviathan Mountain | Fangwood Forest | Willoughby Manor

Objects

Great Book of Gummi | Gummiberry Juice | Gummi Flying Machine | Gummi Digging Machine | Changing Hat | Love Potion | Gummi Bear Medallion | Gummiscope | Gummarine | Tall Tales of The Gummi Bear | Dragon Decoy | Magical Gummi Statue | Chummi Gummi's flying ship | Ursalia Horn | Doomsday Clock

Songs

Gummi Bears Theme | Gummiberry Juice | Rough, Tough, Burly Sailor Song

See Also

The Disney Afternoon | Disney Afternoon Soundtrack | Let's Go to Disneyland Paris

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