The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

The film poses more in-depth questions around the human desire to subsume identity. The need to escape the confines and boundaries of humanity, to shed our skins and inhabit the body of another is certainly part of the appeal, but beneath it all is a buoyant and empowering sense of freedom. This charming and big-hearted film is a gorgeous, glamorous tribute to the siren sea creature in all of us. Jump in! The water is fine. -JB

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Mermaids are water-based creatures traditionally imagined as having a top half indistinguishable from humans and a fish-like lower half, usually in the form of one tail with caudal fin at the end. There are many variations, though, which are largely of recent nature, and there is anride amount of overlap with other aquatic creatures, such as water monsters and sirens . Mermaids are predominantly thought of as female and male ones tend to be given the designation of "mermen", or the creatures are degendered with terms like "merfolk" or "merperson". The nature attributed to mermaids ranges from murderous, for either entertainment or food, to saviorhood of children and sailors.

The Monster High cast of mermaids includes Sirena Von Boo and her mother as well as Finnegan Wake and Finn . There's also a Create-A-Monster set shaped like a mermaid , but marketed as a siren . Similarly, while presented as a siren, Madison Fear has the form of a legged mermaid. And while they aren't characters, Monster High has introduced two cilophyte-like creatures in the webisode " Falling Spirits ".

The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

The film poses more in-depth questions around the human desire to subsume identity. The need to escape the confines and boundaries of humanity, to shed our skins and inhabit the body of another is certainly part of the appeal, but beneath it all is a buoyant and empowering sense of freedom. This charming and big-hearted film is a gorgeous, glamorous tribute to the siren sea creature in all of us. Jump in! The water is fine. -JB

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The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

The film poses more in-depth questions around the human desire to subsume identity. The need to escape the confines and boundaries of humanity, to shed our skins and inhabit the body of another is certainly part of the appeal, but beneath it all is a buoyant and empowering sense of freedom. This charming and big-hearted film is a gorgeous, glamorous tribute to the siren sea creature in all of us. Jump in! The water is fine. -JB


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