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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.
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1989, a wonderful year for Disney; a moment where they have broken through their two decade slump, unable to make a film that captures the pure magical essence that universally captured the hearts of youths and adults. Enter the Disney Renaissance, a wave of films that brings Disney back to the top tier level that they were once known for. The wait was definitely long, but given the products that they have throughout the final decade of the 20th century, it was without a doubt, worth it. Starting off the Renaissance is The Little Mermaid, a film that I once dismissed as one of the worst films of the era, given…
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…
25 years after it was released, I got to take my daughter to see The Little Mermaid at the cinema tonight. While the driving force behind seeing it was her desire to go, the appreciation of experiencing this film on the big screen was not lost on me. In fact, I have raised my rating of the film as a result.
The animation and the music all seemed to be a tad more magical in a theater setting, as if I was really seeing it for the first time despite multiple previous home viewings.
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 fairy-tale which began Disney's Renaissance Era must have been a classic flick of its time but looking back now, The Little Mermaid doesn't feel as impressive as it did years ago. The story concerns Ariel; a young mermaid princess who falls in love at first sight with a human prince on board a ship & aspires to become human so that she can spend her life with him. But it all looked hopeless until she meets the sea witch, who offers to fulfil Ariel's wish but it's part of her big evil plan to become the new ruler of the underwater kingdom.
The 2D animation has somehow managed to stand the test of time & makes striking use of colours in…
This gets back to the timeless Disney feel that Oliver and Company lost. But as good as The Little Mermaid is, I can't help but feel that it's a little bland. It seems silly to judge a Disney movie for being "safe" when they've essentially set the status quo for populist animation. But throughout this Disney marathon (which I've been doing on and off with my little sister since 2013), the biggest lesson has actually been how often the studio has taken chances and created unique, creative works. Dumbo is one. Sleeping Beauty is another. The Little Mermaid sadly isn't. It's super entertaining, but with the underwater premise that's so full of potential for creativity, it feels like a missed opportunity.
One of my favourite Disney movies of all time. Ariel captures a lot of the struggle that people (particularly kids and teens) feel to be free and become themselves.
This is about a father learning to let go of his daughter.
Disney classic with not one dull moment.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My ability to rate or review this movie with any sort of critical distance is negligible. The nostalgia factor is just too strong.
BUT, this rewatch was at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, bringing me full circle from the first time I saw the movie in 1989--my first ever at a movie theatre. I was three, and my dad took me to the Capitol Theatre in Chatham where, after a particularly scary scene (Triton destroying Ariel's collection of human things) he taught me that animated movies are "just drawings." WELL, that blew my tiny mind, and thus began the 15-year period in which I seriously considered becoming an animator or illustrator. I watched and rewatched our huge collection of Disney movies…
tale stuff, but it's Disney
Classic Disney Animation that brought the studio back from the brink of bankruptcy, after nearly two decades of box office failures and disappointments. It's easy to see why as the film is charming and funny, with great characters and infectiously toe-tapping songs.
Ariel is actually really unlikeable =/ she's a bratty teenager!! Also, the kiddy slapstick humour isn't all that charming so I just end up wanting those scenes to hurry up. That's one awesome soundtrack though (Under the Sea has me having a one-man party every time), and Ursula is PURE EVIL. "Yeah, I'll turn you into a human for three days, after which you'll become my slave or whatever, also I'll be turning you while you're still deep underwater LOL good luck". Overall, pretty good.
The Little Mermaid is possibly the hardest to explain of all the Disney films that I love. The songs are mostly misses for me (aside from Part of Your World), and the direction the story goes in seems pretty misguided too (this is a kids movie for Christ's sake. What the hell are you trying to promote morally?) I could sit here and rip on The Little Mermaid for this review for all its missteps, but I really don't want to. I'll just chalk it up to an all-around entertaining story done right in the most simple way possible. (And I loved it.)
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