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2023-06-09 06:58:19

    JODI BENSON, the original singing and speaking voice of ARIEL in THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) recounting her memories on working with lyricistHOWARD ASHMAN. For Jodi, the production of ‘Mermaid’ was not an easy one as she was going through a legal separation, experiencing intense suicidal thoughts, and, at one point, she even had to stay at animator Glen Keane’s house while she was ‘figuring it out’. The situational anxiety, along with her potent struggles with insecurity, even resulted in her telling Howard that she wanted to step down from the titular role. Howard inspired her to keep going, closely collaborating with her on the character, and the result was legendary. Jodi’s performance ended up being among the most iconic in the Disney canon, and she continues to perform as Ariel today in various Disney projects, live events, and conventions throughout the country. 

    “I was blown away by her. I was so impressed that she deals with everything with such graciousness and elegance. The more I worked with her, the more I realised how incredible she is and how born she was for this role.” - Jonah Hauer-King

    “She was the first person [to audition]. We said would you like to sing or read first and she said, "Well, I like to sing.” So she sang ‘Part of Your World’. I remember she shut her eyes and started to sing the song. By the end of the song I was in tears. I thought this is so moving. She’s so deeply connected to what she’s singing about and what she’s feeling. I remember turning to [John DeLuca] and saying “Have we found Ariel? This is the first person [we’ve seen].” We saw hundreds and hundreds of girls after that because we really needed to make sure this was the one. But she set the bar so high. With all of it. She had the incredible passion and stength but she also had vulnerability. A sort of other-worldliness, etheral feel and look. And naive. She was only 18 when she first auditioned for us. It was the full package. She came back [to audition] many times. We did a screen test but ultimately we didn’t have to choose. She claimed
    the role.“ - Rob Marshall

    AID (2023) Dir. Rob Marshall


    “ We’re moving on. But just because we’re leaving, and that hurts, there are some people who are so much a part of us they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground. Our north star. And the small clear voices in our hearts that will be with us. Always. “


    This hit different in this context.

    I miss these characters and the show.