The Loquacious Red Crab


This simpatico crab with a peculiar accent stepped into the klieg lights with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid, about the love between a mermaid and a human.

Sebastian, the red Trinidian crab, was the servant of King Triton whose mission was to keep the little mermaid away from humans.  Aside from being a crab, Sebastian is also known for his Caribbean accent.  He’s one of the well-known characters of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale called, The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name.

Sebastian, is assigned to watch over Ariel, the little mermaid, and be sure she does not visit the surface again where she can get in contact with humans who are considered predators.  Sebastian tries to convince her that it’s better to live under the sea than in the human world.

Sebastian the red Trinidian crab is the servant of King Triton and the film’s deuteragonist. The character was developed solely for the film, and is not derived from the original Hans Christian Andersen story.  In his appearances in film and television, Sebastian is voiced by Samuel E. Wright. When the film opens, Sebastian is announced as being the “royal court composer”, and conducts a concert that King Triton’s seven daughters are supposed to perform.

Panama City Hall decided to display Sebastian at the highly visited Cinta Costera.  Take a look at this appealing red crab at the Villa Navideña in Panama City, Panama.  Here we go.

Photograph of the charismatic crab from the movie, The Little Mermaid, created by the Disney people. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Before I call it a day, let me wish you and your loved ones the Best New Year of all.  May all your aspirations become true in 2011.  Oh, and please drive safely, your family is waiting for you at home.

4 thoughts on “The Loquacious Red Crab”

  1. Buenos días, Omar. I didn’t know Sebastian’s background. And so now I know “the rest of the story.” 🙂 Good picture of Sebastian. I suppose he is one crab I would feel guilty eating for supper. My children might say, “What???…you can’t eat Sebastian!!!”

  2. Hola Michael:

    I can imagine you with a cup of steaming black coffee enjoying the sounds of the mountain and the smell of the flowers. You are indeed an early bird. So am I.

    I’m sure your children would fight tooth and nail to save Sebastian from the boiling water. 🙂

    Thank you for your early comment, and enjoy the New Year activities. I’m sure you will take every opportunity to make 2011 one of the most exciting years of your life.

    Happy New Year!

    Omar.-

  3. Omar:
    Feliz Ano a usted y a su familia. Continue con la energia y elocuencia de sus “post”. Ahora, no haga lo de Don Ray que va a a escribir una vez a la semana, por favor. Los panamenos en el exterior necesitamos mantener este contacto con nuestro terruno.
    Gracias mil por su blog!
    Jaime^

  4. Hola Jaime:

    Mientras tengamos algo de aliento de vida seguiremos con nuestros escritos sobre el turruño como Usted dice.

    Entiendo que Don se va a descansar al Hotel Decamerón por unos días. Eso está bien Jaime, hay que sacar tiempo para descansar.

    Yo seguiré aquí al lado del cañón como bateador designado. Espere más fotografías de las Villas Navideñas
    en la Cinta Costera durante un par de días más. Me parecen muy divertidas y de un colorido inigualable.

    Gracias por sus alentadores comentarios. Feliz Año Nuevo a Usted y a todos sus seres queridos le deseo de todo corazón.

    Abrazos,

    Omar.-

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