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Ursula's Necklace
General information
Feature Films The Little Mermaid
Mickey's House of Villains
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Television Programs The Little Mermaid
House of Mouse
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Ariel's Story Studio
Park Attractions Fantasmic!
Starlight Dreams
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Designer
Inspiration
Background information
Other Names
User Ursula/Vanessa
Purpose To hold Ariel's voice, and hypnotize Eric
Location Ursula's fortress
Success Takes Ariel's voice and hypnotizes Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid)
Final State Destroyed by Scuttle, when Max bites Vanessa, freeing Ariel's voice (in the film)
Get's destroyed by Sora (in Kingdom Hearts II)
Ursula's Necklace is an enchanted objected featured in The Little Mermaid.

Appearances

The Little Mermaid

In the original movie, the necklace is used to hold Ariel 's voice when she sells it to Ursula in exchance for legs.

During Poor Unfortunate Souls, Ursula asks for the voice, officially because men want silent women, but secretly in an attempt to make sure Eric won't be able to recognize her, to which Ariel agrees, and signs a contract. Ursula commands Ariel to sing, as she summons up a pair of hands from her magic cauldron, which slowly approach her as she sings, and her voice pulsates wildly in her throat. The hands then rip Ariel's voice from her throat, still singing, and proceed to place it inside the necklace, silencing it.

The necklace is then used later in the movie, during the night of the second day, to hypnotize Prince Eric into marrying Ursula, disguised as the beautiful maiden Vanessa. She approached him on the beach singing, as the necklace glowed golden, and bits of Ariel's voice enter Eric's eyes, keeping him under Ursula's control.

During the wedding of the third day, Vanessa's plans go awry when Scuttle and his army of animal friends stormed the wedding ship. As Vanessa is soaking wet from dolphin spit, Scuttle approaches her and screams in her face, provoking her anger. She seizes his throat, trying to strangle him, and in retaliation he snatches her necklace up in his beak and starts yanking at it, trying to force her to let him go. The two are locked in a stalemate, until Eric's dog Max bites Vanessa's butt and she is unable to grip Scuttle anymore. The necklace snaps off her neck, breaks on the deck, and Ariel's voice is set free.

The Broadway Musical

Although her necklace does not actually appear in the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid, a similar item known as the Nautilus was a major plotpoint in it, and it was mentioned that Ursula inherited the Nautilus from her father Poseidon on his deathbed, and with it granted enough power to rule half the sea. It was destroyed by Ariel, and took Ursula with it.

It's power versus the Trident was never stated, but Ursula exclaimed that she would use it to store items, and seeing as how its destruction killed Ursula, it's assumed that it was what gave Ursula all her powers.

Kingdom Hearts series

Ursula's Necklace also appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series of games in which it appears on Ursula's neck.

In Kingdom Hearts II, the necklace played a major serves the same purpose as it did in the movie. Ariel gives her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs, and Ursula then uses the voice to hypnotize Eric as Vanessa.

In the end, it's the necklace which gives away Vanessa's identity, and in retaliation Sora uses his keyblade to destroy it.

Disney Princess Magazine

In an issue of Disney Princess magazine, while the necklace is not directly used, several seashells are used to perform a similar feature in capturing the voices of Ariel and her sisters. In capturing the voices, Ursula states that her desire is to have every sweet voice in the sea so she doesn't have to hear the music.

Ariel manages to defeat Ursula in the end and gives her sisters the shells, which returns their voices.

This issue also implies that all shells can do this, as King Triton stated, "The sound of the sea is captured in every single shell."

Errors and Goofs

  • Multiple times during the movie, the necklace will change size between shots. For example, when Ursula transformed into Vanessa, the necklace was big enough for her to cup in both of her hands. In the scene where Vanessa giggles at the necklace, it is small enough for one hand to wrap around it.
  • In the game, Ariel's Story Studio the necklace plays the same role as in the movie, only that after the wedding, where the necklace breaks, the necklace reappears again on Ursula's neck, even when she's become a giant.
  • In the Little Mermaid TV series, Ursula's necklace would often be miscolored. In the episode, "Against the Tide", it was miscolored gray.

Trivia

  • In the original book, the mermaid has her tongue cut off in exchange for legs. In the movie, this was changed to having her voice represented by a glowing orb, most likely to make the scene gentler for the audience.
  • In the original ending of the movie, the necklace isn't shattered until after Ursula is defeated.
  • In the comic adaptation, Vanessa is singing in her cabinet without the necklace, implying that she can still use Ariel's voice as long as the necklace is intact.

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Media
Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Musical
Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics| Disney Comics

Disney Parks: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Ariel's Grotto | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters

Characters
Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople | Washerwomen
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin
Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Stormy the Giant Seahorse

Objects: Prince Eric's statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper

Locations: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave

Songs
Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | Down to the Sea | For A Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series Songs: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess With Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only (Quartet) | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea | The Disney Afternoon

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