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.
|Release Date||:||November 17, 1989|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Dan St. Pierre, Ron Clements, John Musker, Lorenzo E. Martinez, Michael Serrian, Bill Perkins, Rasoul Azadani, Fred Cline, James Beihold, Dave Dunnet|
|Writers||:||Hans Christian Andersen, John Musker, Ron Clements, Roger Allers, Ed Gombert, Gary Trousdale, Thom Enriquez, Matthew O'Callaghan, Joe Ranft, Brenda Chapman|
|Casts||:||Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jason Marin, Samuel E. Wright, Buddy Hackett, Kenneth Mars, Pat Carroll, Rene Auberjonois, Paddi Edwards, Ben Wright, Edie McClurg, Will Ryan|
|Plot Keywords||:||sea, fireworks, prince, kingdom, daughter, mermaid, princess, animation, spell, true love, bargain|
It has been ten years since "The Little Mermaid" was released. Back when Disney originally released the film, I was both excited and apprehensive. Excited, because it is one of the best children's stories and one of my favorites. Apprehensive, because I knew Disney would change the ending and give it a happy ending, which is understandable but still unfortunate. When I first saw it, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and after each repeated viewing, I have liked it more and more. I am now convinced this is the second best American Animated film, after "Beauty and the Beast". The music, story, writing, and animation are superb as others have stated, but the villainess, Ursula, is also a major factor in the success of the film. She is the best written and performed of all Disney villains. She is purely evil but totally believable. Pat Carroll, who I have often noticed but never really considered, did a fabulous job with Ursula's characterization. The music and songs are consistantly very good. There is no deep thought to this one, but "The Little Mermaid" is artfully near-perfect entainment.