Create Your Own Familiar

We've been traveling around the country visiting schools and at each one the students have created their own Familiar Story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flotsam and Jetsam

In the spirit of March Madness, here on the blog this month we will be holding the first official Familiar Madness Tournament. 16 of the all-time great familiars from literature, film, and television will face off in a single elimination tourney to decide who is the greatest of them all.

8. Flotsam and Jetsam - Flotsam and Jetsam are the minions of the sea witch, Ursula, in Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

Named after the driftwood wreckage of a boat or ship, Flotsam and Jetsam are a pair of moray eels who frequently “speak in unison, finish each other's sentences, and intertwine their bodies, almost like they're the same entity, divided into two. Often used as spies, the pair (like evil twins), each had a glowing eye (one for right-sided, the other for left-sided), that they used to allow Ursula to see anything in their vicinity. Ursula would remain in her lair, working from behind the scenes, and watching everything from her crystal ball.” (IMDB)

Two of the meanest of the mean, these evil sidekicks give familiars a bad name… in a good way. They’re double the trouble, and a force to be reckoned with if you’re sporting flippers, not feet. Any poor, unfortunate soul who crosses their path should swim for the surface, as Ursula is never far behind.

Who do you think are the most ruthless Disney henchmen? Could F and J make a run in this tournament? How far?

Tomorrow: Take a ride atop the steed of an Amazon warrior princess.


  1. Oooh...they are a pretty evil dynamic duo there. They also remind me a bit though of The Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp. Double the trouble for certain!

  2. You could have at least asked me before taking my Flotsam and Jetsam pencil illustration from deviantART. Does the word art theft mean anything to you?!? The internet is full with screencaps, clipart and so on... why did you steal my drawing? Please remove it and replace it with another picture. It would a decent thing to do. If not I'll have to contact google about it and ask them to delete this post.