Well, this explains where Ursula got her eyeshadow ~look~ from.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

9 Nov 2016 - 12:12 PM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2016 - 1:08 PM

Disney's Moana directors, John Musker and Ron Clements, have revealed that everyone's favourite sea witch is actually based on the very iconic drag queen, Divine.

Speaking to SBS' Maria Lewis, the pair discussed how The Little Mermaid helped revitalise Disney's then "declining" audience. 

Noting that Disney "hadn’t done a fairy-tale... in 30 years, since Sleeping Beauty in 1959", Musker added that "the music has made that film last as much as the story and the characters, it still sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago."

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Clements agreed, saying that after "26 years later... it's still around".

Of the drag industry's love for bad gal Ursula, Musker revealed that it only made sense, because "her origins were with Divine," the drag queen once dubbed the "Drag Queen of the Century" by People magazine.

Calling Divine (real name Harris Glenn Milstead) "the great actor from Baltimore", Musker revealed that one of The Little Mermaid's writers, Howard Ashman, knew Divine and had Rob Menkoff - one of the film's principal animators - to do "some drawings that were based on Divine".

"Even though it’s sort of disguised, it’s based on the character [of Divine]," he said.

"It just fit the character," agreed Clements. "She was outrageous, theatrical..."

"She was a little mix of Divine and Joan Collins," Musker said, revealing that Ashman was a fan of Joan Collins and saw The Little Mermaid as an opportunity to do "Dynasty in animation".

There you have it. Slay, queen!

Watch The Feed Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm on SBS Viceland for more with John Musker and Ron Clements