The Little Mermaid
Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.
This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the villainous sea witch Ursula.
The Little Mermaid marked the beginning of Disney’s renaissance under the stewardship of Katzenberg and proved to be the template for practically every Disney film that succeeded it in the following decade. However, with it fast approaching its 25th anniversary is it beginning to show its age? Sadly, the answer to that question is a yes, but then I’ve never been a huge fan of this particular animated adaptation.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale it tells the story of Ariel, an inquisitive and free spirited mermaid, who falls in love with a human prince. Making a bargain with an evil sea witch she is offered the chance of a new life with her two-legged love, but at…
This is where all the cards come down on the table. I'm a 25 (26 in a few days) year old heterosexual man who thrives on horror, damnit, but this movie is still immortal to me. It's ingrained into me since childhood, and now, after more than two decades, I come back to it again. The Little Mermaid is not the best Disney film technically or artistically - it stumbles in quite a lot of ways actually, but the main story and the way it is told through song is still legendary to this day.
The story, Disneyfied from HC Andersen, tells the tale of King Triton of the sea, and his willful daughter Ariel, a mermaid that longs to…
I find this disturbingly easy to masturbate to.
The Little Mermaid is one of those films that I know for a fact I have seen before, but I couldn't remember a thing about it besides some of the more obvious stuff, like some character names and a song or two. When I was a kid, for whatever reason, this film was written off in my mind as a "girl movie", and my Disney passion was focused entirely on The Lion King. Between that animated classic and my adolescent Star Wars obsession, I had little time to try and actually appreciate other fantastic Disney films.
One of the awesome parts of being a parent is the fact that you can pretty much do as many child like things as…
Who would’ve thought there was an entire world out there with people just like us: people who love, people who hate, people who dream. There is only one difference, albeit a crucial one: those people go to movie theatres and sing along to films.
I approached the invitation to come to San Francisco’s legendary Castro Theatre’s The little mermaid sing-a-long with a mixture of reluctance and curiosity. The reluctance was twofold: I do not care much for the Disney movies – thinking of them as relics of a bygone era – and my singing skills lie squarely in between the Hollywood’s definition of the most annoying sound (c.f. Dumb and dumber), and that of the scientists (an actual Journal of…
25 years on and its still as timeless as ever. There is an undeniable charm to this film that always keeps me coming back to it. A classic.
A favorite from childhood that thankfully still holds up.
I absolutely adore this film, from Fathoms Below to the end credits, it's a Disney masterpiece through and through.
I don't think I'd seen all of this before. Animation is very good. Ursula is a good villain. Don't care for the story that much though.
The story is a fairly bland romance, veers little from the Disney formula and Ariel remains a very dated role model. What makes this watchable however is a return to the musical format with great secondary characters, a great villain and memorable songs. Samuel Wright's Sebastian is the highlight of the film and Under The Sea his calling card, but not far behind Pat Carroll's Ursula is both menacing and fun. But it is Ashman and Menken's influence on the music that stands out here, unsurprisingly very reminiscent of Broadway songs, with Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls and Part of Your World. Their importance to the renaissance of Disney films here cannot be underestimated.
Again, not exactly a go to Disney film for me as a kid and I remembered the least from The Little Mermaid out of all the Disney films I've rewatched going in. Somehow I still knew all the songs word for word and all the characters seemed so familiar.
Just like The Beauty and the Beast, the animations aren't great. The supporting characters are what make The Little Mermaid good for me. Sebastian and Scuttle are hilarious and I think I always wanted to be Flounder as a kid.
A pretty girly Disney film and I think Eric is better off without Ariel in my opinion. He's being lied to. You can't tell me Ariel is a smoking hot red head (they don't exist), and then show me that she has zero freckles. Not buying it. She either colors her hair or she's a witch like Ursula. Fuck that noise.
What a wonderful film. Filled with characters that will have you laughing many times throughout. This is a film that is perfect for all the family.
This was the first time I watched this.
It's not as good as some other Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, but there is some great music and animation. Although it's story isn't as strong as others.
Among Disney Animation's 2nd Golden Age, nothing beats Beauty and the Beast for me, but The Little Mermaid is indisputably among the best the studio ever did. It generally gets put slightly beneath Beauty and the Beast, and I think that's because not every single song is a home run, but most of them are. "Part of Your World", "Under the Sea", and "Kiss the Girl" are enduring classics, and I'll freely admit that there are moments in this movie that make me get all misty-eyed.
Also, the Blu-ray version isn't just a great restoration, but it really shows off the gorgeous aesthetic and the impressive ability of the animators to realistically recreate underwater movement (especially with regards to Ariel's…
This is the movie that started a Disney Renaissance. The animation is a huge improvement from their films before this, and the characters here are charming and fun to watch. Alan Menken's score is catchy and sets a great tone for the film, and with classic songs like "Under the Sea" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls", you can't help but sing along. A childhood classic!