Spring Sprite

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PORTRAYED BY
Helena Bonham Carter

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CHARACTER INSPIRATIONS
Art noveau paintings, life-death-rebirth entities
ALIASES
The Beautiful Girl, Mother Nature, The Mother Nature Girl, Sprite of Spring, Sprite, Spring Spirit, Spirit of Spring, The Forest Goddess, The Legendary Spirit, lady
ORIGIN
Fantasia 2000
OCCUPATION
Nature Spirit
POWERS AND SKILLS
Magic to make flora grow, grow plants, trees and flowers, and bring life, Insect communication, climbing, swimming, running, healing tears (when she cries), healing showers, flight, her color appearance may change depending how the forest fairs.
HOBBY
Helping, Nature, Life and birth, Insects, Animals, beauty, rides on the Elk's antlers, flowers, blossoms on trees, twigs of leaves on her hair, her home forest, singing
GOALS
To bring the new life of spring to the mountainside (succeeded)
FATE
Restores her forest, and disappears in a flash of light while laughing joyfully.
TYPE OF CHARACTER
Nurturer
Fairy
Deity
Goddess
Damsel in Distress

“I am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die.”
—Spring Sprite's description on her concept art

The Spring Sprite is a legendary green female spirit, enchanted creature, and beautiful young girl who can make everything grow in the forest. She appeared in Fantasia 2000 segment, "The Firebird suite" or "L'oiseau de feu", inspired by the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens, as the main protagonist.

Background

Personality

The Spring Sprite is a benevolent force of life and creation. She loves the forest and its creatures, and is happy to bring spring every year. As a force of creation, she has a creative and artistic side, seen when she forms a flower, has a second thought, and then turns it into a dazzling sight, and revitalizes a barren tree with gorgeous blossoms.

The Sprite displayed a distinct sense of curiosity, as she was puzzled as to why she could not make flora grow on a mountainside, and studied, only to unintentionally unleash her polar opposite, the Firebird, a living primal force of destruction, and horrified by the destruction that followed.

Once the disaster ceased, she was crippled with grief at the loss of so much life, and guilt-ridden for causing it by awakening the Firebird. Her friend, the Elk, however was able to cheer her up and give her hope when she saw her tears began to heal the land, and rejoiced when she was able to restore the forest.

All in all, the Spring Sprite is truly a loving being of creation and life, and found strength and hope in realizing that no matter how much is lost to Destruction, Creation is limitless, as is the constant renewal of Life.

Physical appearance

The Sprite is an attractive young woman-like creature. In her most common form, she has light green skin and long bushy hair, that flows down her back to the ground, of the same color. Her eyes have the color that stands between yellow and light orange, and above them are thick black eyebrows. She is slender. Sometimes, between her hips and arms is a kind of curtain made ​​of leather, that she uses to make flight easier, but she can remove it if she want. Her size varies, but she usually the size of a young girl. Considering she is a nature spirit, she has no clothing and walks around naked.

Depending on her surroundings, she can take on various forms and colors; in water form, she is blue, in ice form, in rain form, she is light blue, in nature form, which is her most commonly used form, she is green, in the end of the sequence, she is yellowish green; even brighter, and in ash form, she is dark gray. When in ash form, if smoke is around, she is light brown, and when fire is around, she is Red/Orange, after the forest was burnt and destroyed, she is cool gray.

Powers and Abilities

The Spring Sprite has all sorts of abilities all mammals and human beings can do. For examples, when in the water, she can swim just like fish and mermaids. When in the air, she can fly afloat just like birds. Like human beings, she can walk or run. Like squirrels, she can climb up walls and trees. However, she has different abilities of magic. While spreading her curtain connected to her arms and hips, she can make layers of flora and grass grow. She can grow plants like flowers, trees, and lots of others. Depending on her surroundings she changes colors. Her tears can heal the the forest that was burned to ashes. Having to restore the forest, she makes huge showers of rain from her curtain. And she can communicate with insects. Huge and long twigs of leaves can mostly grow on her hair.

History

The Sprite first appears in the sequence where snowmelt drips down in a hidden pool. In the form of a Water Sprite, she merges from the pool to meet the Elk and he leads her out of the hidden alcove and she gets to work, her body turning green and melting the snow away for the coming of the Spring season, covering the forest in fresh foliage. Going up a nearby mountain though, her abilities aren't following her up the slope. Curious as to what's going on, she looks inside the massive crater of the mountain at a small volcanic stone. Touching the stone, it awakens the Firebird, who rises from the ash, smoke and magma to attack the Sprite and destroy the forest. Running for dear life from the flames and lava flows, the Firebird eventually chases her up a tree where the monster rises up for one final attack. Cutting to the aftermath where the landscape has turned grey and ash-covered, the Elk finds a burnt out and grey Sprite, in Ash form. The Elk helps her up and gives her a ride on his antlers as the Sprite cries from the destruction she unleashed. Soon she realizes her tears are healing the land and takes back to the sky in a Rain form, bringing a healing shower down upon the valley. Continuing her work, she bring the plant life back to the forest, restoring the trees and finally covering the volcano in a fresh layer of grass, her confidence fully restored. After doing so, she magically disappeared in a flash, after bursting out a joyous laughter.

Relationships

The Elk

This Elk is the only who can seem to awaken her from slumber after the winter has come to an end. A loyal friend, this creature accompanies and protects the sprite as much as he can. Guiding her to the trees that need her attention the most.

Forest Insects and Animals

Like most of the Disney princesses with animal kindness, the Sprite can always count on her insect and animal friends to help her through tough times, while she brings the life of spring to the forest. She communicates with butterflies, dragonflies, honey bees, bumblebees, ladybugs, mosquitoes, beetles, birds, fish, and every other forest creature she likes.

The Firebird

While not exactly an enemy of the sprite, she is fearful of coming near him again after what happened. Knowing very well that he's able to destroy her home in a heartbeat. Closer than the outer wall of Mt. Saint Helens she won't go because of that. Afraid she would disturb him again and events will repeat themselves.

Quotes

  • "Oh... Finally... I... have been... reborn... after awakening... from my wonderful slumber... at last..." - First words as she was awakened.
  • "[giggle] Hello there... [hugs the Elk] I thank you so... very... kindly much for bringing me to life... from my peaceful slumber... with your breath... my savior... I am the Spring Sprite; The legendary spirit... and beautiful young girl... of Nature... beauty... love... life... renewal... and rebirth... And I lived in this forest... as a woman-like creature bringing my season to life... It's wonderful to meet you... " - when she first greeted the Elk who resurrected her from slumber.
  • "[giggle] Yes... I look beautiful... but I feel beautiful, too... Look at me... I am all formed out of water... with beautiful yellow eyes... a leather curtain hung onto my arms and hips... and lovely, bushy hair flowing down my back all the way down to the ground... But I'm also quite nude, and sexy... And that's what I love being... [giggle] I was so bored cooped up in shelter of that gigantic hallow tree for quite a very long time, because of being sealed away... But I love spending all of my time in the forest... communicating with insects... and making plants... Of course... I spend my time running the forest." - to the Elk about herself
  • "It has been such a long winter... Since winter has come to an end... the moment I have awakened.. has finally brought me joy to my magical heart and soul; Springtime is only about to be the beginning... Now... if you would move aside, please... you shall witness me... and my magic... as I bring the beautiful life of spring... to my forest... " - before she departs the lake to bring the life of spring to her home.
  • "[giggle] Why.. hello... my little friends..." - meeting her insect friends.
  • "There we go... this golden flower is much better..." - after rethinking for a better flower.
  • "This tree seems very barren... I believe it should be added with beautiful blossoms..." - before adding pink blossoms to a tree
  • "Strange... the grass won't follow me on the ground anymore... This doesn't make any sense... This is Mount Saint Helens... right...? Maybe... something is wrong... " - before ascending to the top of the mountain
  • "I wonder what's down below the mountain...?" - curiously investigating what's in the mountain
  • "I don't know why the grass won't follow me up the mountain... but one little touch on that stiff rock can't hurt..." - before accidentally awakening the firebird.
  • "Oh my...! Wh-What is that...?!" - upon her first sight of the firebird.
  • "Oh no... It's burning everything...!" - before she was chased by the lava burning the forest.
  • "I cannot believe it... My home forest burning like this...? [The Firebird appears chasing her] EEK...!! Mr. Elk... Help me...! I can't get away...!" - being chased by the firebird.
  • "Aaaaaahhhh...!!!"- as the firebird makes its final attack.
  • "Oh... [sob] I couldn't... escape... my opposite counterpart... [sniff] the Firebird... has... caused destruction... to .. my forest... [sob, and sniff] I had no idea... how bad.. this would.. be.. when disaster struck... [sniff, and sob] I'm crippled... [sob] Oh... I just.. don't know what to do... [sobbing]" - about the destruction of her home forest, after she was resurrected from the ashes.
  • "[gasps in relief] My goodness... How wonderful...! I feel SO much better seeing life heal the forest... I feel peace, hope, and prosperity returning to the world.. I thank you so much, for cheering me up... And of course, resurrecting me again... Elk... [giggling] Now... I shall make a magical rainstorm... to heal all of what's left of the forest... and I shall cover the mountain with grass... once again...!" - before lifting off from the Elk's antlers to make healing showers.
  • "[Bursts out a joyous laughter] There is no need to thank me yet... [laugh] ...because I might not be finished... [laugh] ...but although my confidence has been completely restored... [laugh] I have so much more to do...! [laugh] I shall see you again... [laugh] ...at the end of next winter...! [laugh] Sayonara...! [continuously laughing joyfully then fades away]" - last words before disappearing in a flash.

Trivia

  • She is voiced by Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Character animation supervised by Anthony DeRosa.
  • Her live-action reference is provided by Sherri Stoner.
  • The original ending of the sequence had the Sprite taking on a Sun form and shining over the valley.
  • The Spring Sprite behaves in ways similar to animals by the various ways she moves. Sometimes she soars like a bird, floats like a fish or mermaid, climbs like a squirrel, and runs upright like a human, and even moves in a flowing motion akin to water.
  • Interestingly, the spring sprite bears an extremely vague resemblance to Miriam, Moses 'sister from Dreamworks' The Prince Of Egypt and Merida from Disney / Pixar's Brave according to a few remarks.
  • The Sprite is similar to Ariel (Curious about new things, not able to speak like Ariel in one point of the movie, but can also swim.), Jane Porter, and Rapunzel (Artistic, and creative).
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