83 Min | Animation – Family – Fantasy | November 1989
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois
The Little Mermaid Review: The Little Mermaid is one of the greater full length animated feature films that was made after Walt Disney. A story about Ariel the Little Mermaid, who yearns to be part of the human world and who fell in love with human Prince Eric in the process. She makes a deal with Ursula the Sea Witch and traded her voice for legs so she could rise to the surface of the waters. What follows is a romantic story in how Ariel tries to win Eric’s heart without her voice and an exciting race against time to ensure Ariel remains human, otherwise, returning back to the ocean and into the evil Ursula’s custody.
Ron Clements and John Musker did an outstanding job in directing The Little Mermaid, grasping the audience’s attention at the start of the film with a musical sequence on the Prince’s ship, and then a spectacular entry under the sea when we are introduced to the mermaids, helped by a powerful music score. The solid plot quickly identifies the story’s main issue, Ariel, who is tired of being treated like a child by her father King Triton. The issue is then expanded as Ariel struggles to win Eric’s heart when she goes to the human world while, at the same time, not knowing that Ursula has devious plans of her own to control the sea. All these plot elements and twists make this a very exciting Disney movie from start to finish.
In The Little Mermaid, the characters are very lovable and memorable, especially Flounder, Sebastian and Scuttles. They added humor and spirit in the movie as they help Ariel with her issues. The music score and songs are some of cinema’s best work – Alan Menken and Howard Ashman did a marvelous job. “Under the Sea” is a very lively and dynamic Calyso-type song and “Part of your World” is a moving and commanding song, Jodi Benson had the perfect voice for Ariel – very soothing and serene. And, the artwork and graphics are some of the best in an animated film. Overall, The Little Mermaid is one of the best movies from Disney and remains a timeless fairytale for all ages.