Thing-a-ma-bob box used by Ariel (Auli'i Cravalho) and nautilus “voice catcher” shell, fish skeleton pen, atomizer used by Ursula (Queen Latifah) in 'The Little Mermaid Live!' (2019). Courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives
So, what exactly are we looking at here? For those unfamiliar with the Little Mermaid story, mermaid princess Ariel, played by Auli’i Cravalho, collects human trinkets and “thing-a-ma-bobs” because she longs to leave her ocean home and join them on land. This desire leads her to villainous Ursula, played by Queen Latifah. Looking for a way to become queen, Ursula convinces Ariel to sign away her voice in exchange for three days on land. Ursula captures Ariel’s voice in a seashell that she then uses in her master plan of deception.