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, The Magical Lady, Spirit
ORIGIN
Fantasia 2000
OCCUPATION
Nature Spirit
PERSONALITY
Sweet, fearless, kind, loving, mysterious, life-giving, nurturing, curious, peaceful, benevolent, godly, quiet, nature-loving, selfless
POWERS AND SKILLS
Magic to make floras of grass grow, grow plants, trees and flowers, and bring life, Insect communication, climbing, swimming, running, healing tears (when she cries), healing showers, flight, Color Transformations (Depending on her surroundings), size forming
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, being alone, being outdoors, dreaming, daydreaming, being rescued, protected, guided, and accompanied
GOALS
To bring the new life of spring to the mountainside (succeeded)
FATE
Restores her destroyed forest, and disappears in a flash of light while laughing joyfully.
TYPE OF CHARACTER
Nurturer
Fairy
Deity
Goddess
Damsel in Distress


The Spring Sprite also known as Mother Nature is a legendary green female spirit, 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", as the main protagonist.

Background

Personality

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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

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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, she is brighter blue, 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

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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

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“You shall become my loyal friend... Follow the trail to a lake where a dead hollowed tree stood... Find a snowmelt icicle in the tree's cave... and use your breath to exhale... and I shall awake... Only you can accompany... guide... and protect me...”
—Spring Sprite's sign message for the Elk.

This Elk is the only one 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

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Like most of the Disney princesses with animal kindness, the Sprite can always count on her insect 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, and every other forest creature she likes. When insects are on the sprite's hair, and her head my be hidden within it, before being shown again, she shakes her head, even when she's done communicating with many insects at times.

The Firebird

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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.

Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort

The Spring Sprite has a role in the World of Color show at Disney California Adventure where she begins the "Colors of Earth" sequence, where she drops into the lagoon, begins creating flowers before eventually creating an entire forest that leads into a sequence based on "Just Around The Riverbend" and appears as part of the character curtain call at the finale.

Tokyo Disney Resort

The Spring Sprite also appears in the Tokyo Disneyland parade Jubilation! as part of the Forest Friends float.

Quotes

“Oh... my... I... have been... completely... reborn... after finally awakening... by birth... from my wonderful slumber... at long last... [sigh]”
—Spring Sprite's First words as she was awakened from the snowmelt drop at the lake where the dead hallowed tree stood.

“Hello there... [hugs the Elk] I thank you... ever so... very... kindly much for bringing me to life... from my peaceful slumber... with your breath... my savior... That is why I contacted you... for the rescue... didn't I...? [The Elk really slowly and carefully lifts her out of the aclove] I am the Spring Sprite; The legendary spirit... and beautiful young girl... of Nature... beauty... love... life... renewal... and rebirth... But most people call me "Mother Nature"... And I lived in this forest... as an attractive woman-like creature... bringing my season to life... It is wonderful to meet you...”
—Spring Sprite when she first greeted the Elk who resurrected her from slumber.

“[giggle] Yes... I do look beautiful... and magical... but I feel magical and beautiful... as well... I mean... look at me... I am a magical human being... all formed out of water... especially from the snowmelt drop... with beautiful yellow eyes... a huge leather curtain hung onto my arms and hips... and lovely... wavy... and bushy hair flowing down my back... all the way to the ground... perfect for long twigs of leaves to grow on... But I am also quite nude, and sexy... And that is what I am always... meant to be... [giggle] I even change colorful forms depending on my surroundings... I was so bored... and lonely... cooped up... missing in shelter of that gigantic hallow tree for quite a very long time... because of being sealed away... into the lake... But I love spending all of my time... in my private outdoor home... communicating with insects... and making the grass grow... making plants... trees... and flowers... so...”
—Spring Sprite to the Elk about herself.

“It has been such a long winter... Since winter is about to come to an end... the moment I have awakened... after such a long time... has finally arrived... and 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 leave the lake... and bring the beautiful life of spring... to my forest... I shall cover the ground with huge floras of green grass... and make my season of such beautiful love... come to life... once again...”
—Spring Sprite before she departs the lake to bring the life of spring to her home.

“[giggle] Why.. hello... my little insect friends...”
—Spring Sprite meeting her insect friends.

“There we go... this golden flower is much better...”
—Spring Sprite after rethinking for a better flower.

“Your are right... Mr. Elk... This tree is very barren... I believe it should be added with beautiful blossoms...”
—Spring Sprite before adding pink blossoms to a tree.

“Oh... I love it when life at my home happens...”
—Spring Sprite enjoying her time at her forest bringing her season to life.

“Strange... and curious... the grass will not follow me on the ground anymore... And why won't it...? This is Mount Saint Helens... right...? Maybe... something is wrong...”
—before ascending to the top of the mountain.

“I wonder what's down below inside mountain...?”
—curiously investigating what's in the mountain.

“I do not know why the grass won't follow me up the mountain... but one little touch on that rock can't hurt...”
—before accidentally awakening the firebird.

“EEEKKK...! Wh--wha-What is that...?!”
—Spring Sprite upon her first sight of the firebird.

“Oh no... It's burning everything...!”
—Spring Sprite before she was chased by the lava burning the forest.

“I cannot believe it... My home forest burning on fire to ashes like this...? [The Firebird appears chasing her] EEK...! Mr. Elk... Help me...! I cannot get away...!"”
—Spring Sprite being chased by the firebird.

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH...!!!”
—Spring Sprite as the firebird makes its final attack

“[sob] I could not... escape... my opposite counterpart... [sniff] the Firebird... has... caused destruction... to.. my forest... [sob, and sniff] It is all my fault for awakening it... I had no idea... how bad.. this would.. be.. when disaster struck... [sniff, and sob] I am crippled... [sob] Oh... I just.. do not know what to do... [sobbing]”
—Spring Sprite 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... Oh... I feel peace... hope... and prosperity returning to all of the Earth... I thank you so much, for cheering me up... And of course, resurrecting me again... Mr. Elk... [giggling] Now... I shall make magical rain shower storms... to heal all of what's left of the forest... and I shall cover the mountain with grass... once again...!”
—Spring Sprite before lifting off from the Elk's antlers to make healing showers.

“[giggle] It is all safe... for you to come out... my little insect friends...! [giggle]”
—Spring Sprite summoning thousands of her insect friends.

“Goodness...! Everything is so BEAUTIFUL...! [laughing]”
—Spring Sprite finishing with adding pink blossoms to the dead tree again.

“[laugh] WHEE...! Everything is definitely happening...! [laugh]”
—Spring Sprite restoring the deserted forest.

“[Bursts out a joyous laughter] There is no need to thank me yet... [laugh] ...because I might not be finished... [laugh] ...but I thank YOU ever so much again... [laugh] ...for coming to me... [laugh] bringing me back to life... [laugh] and guiding... rescuing... and protecting me...! [laugh] I shall see you again... [laugh] ...at the end of next winter...! [laugh] Sayonara...! [continuously laughing joyfully]”
—Spring Sprite's last words before disappearing in a flash.

Gallery

Misc.

Fanart

Disney Parks

Cosplay

Screenshots

Original Ending Screenshots

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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