In addition, Ashman herself took on the role of Ursula, appearing in her famous “Poor Unfortunate Souls” song at the latter’s request. Pat Carrollwho voiced the villain in the original movie.
“He immediately put on the coat, sang the song,” remembers the actress the 2006 documentary Untold Treasures: The Making of the Little Mermaid“and I watched his every move. I watched everything, I watched his face, I watched his hands, I ate him!”
In the same documentary, Waters, who often features Divine in his films and credits her as his muse, explains the fiery nature of Ursula’s origins.
“I thought it was great, it was the ultimate irony,” said the filmmaker. “I’m sure if you went to the Disney executives before they made this movie and said, ‘We have a very big character in the movie, it’s not a small, small part of the ingénue, and we’re going to. base it on God.'”
Referring to the famous drive through the Walt Disney studio lot, he joked, “On Dopey Lane, that doesn’t fly!”