"The Little Mermaid" is widely considered to be one of the better animated Disney films.
But, there's a massive plot hole that came to light, and it might threaten the film's status as a great movie.
On Facebook, a fan named Mary Falls detailed her take on one bewildering issue within the flick. Basically, it boils down to Ariel's literacy.
Ariel is shown writing when she signs the contract with Ursula early on in the film.
Thus, there really is no good reason why Ariel couldn't write while on land and explain her situation to her suitor.
Ariel is even able to write in perfect cursive. This one just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Falls went on to write,
Essentially, the whole plot of the movie could have been skipped if Ariel just wrote Eric a note. For obvious reasons, that doesn't occur.
The writers and producers needed a movie. However, one would think they would find some elegant way around this issue. But, of course, that never happened.
Why did they ever need to show Ariel writing in the first place? The world may never know...
Citations: Theres One Big Plot Hole In The Little Mermaid That Would Have Changed Everything (Huffington Post)