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The Little Mermaid-A Disney Movie classic

Updated on February 7, 2011

The Little Mermaid is a classic fairytale written in 1836 by Hans Christian Andersen, Danish poet and author whose own tragic personal life inspired the sad ending in which the mermaid watches while her prince marries another and unable to stab him in the heart, is turned into sea foam. The Little Mermaid Disney Movie follows some of the basic fairytale storyline but with a very different ending. We all know the story....a tale of King Triton's youngest daughter Ariel who, fascinated with the world of humans, falls in love with a human prince, Eric. After trading her voice for human legs to the Sea Witch Ursula, Ariel has 3 days in which to get Eric to kiss her and fall in love. If she fails, she believes she will become Ursula's prisoner, but in fact Ursula has King Triton's rule in her sights. Ariel, together with her friends Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle, foils Ursula's evil plan, save King Triton's kingdom and ultimately get his blessing to marry Eric.

Disney's first Animated Movie in years

It was thought that the Disney Company had lost the "magic" in creating successful animated films. Produced in 1989, The Little Mermaid Disney Movie was the first animated feature film based on a classic fairytale and created by the Disney Animators in 30 years. The winner of 2 Academy Awards , The Little Mermaid Disney Movie is credited for bringing back to life Disney's animated feature film genre after a string of criticized or failures at the box office and led to the next successful Disney Movie: The Beauty and The Beast. The success of Disney's version of the Little Mermaid started a love affair of children and adults alike with Disney animated films.

One great marketing strategy, Disney periodically stops the sale of different DVDs and puts them into their "vault" releasing them for sale as special boxed sets with extras such as interviews with the actors behind the voices, creation of the animation, and interviewed with the writers. These "platinum" sets are coveted by Disney fans each time one is released.

The Artistic Talent

Special effects in The Little Mermaid was a huge part of the animation process. Animators were said they had never drawn so many bubbles; however, the effort put forth could be seen in the movements underwater along with how realistic the light from the surface shown down through the water.

Interesting Statistics

Critics raved that The Little Mermaid Disney Movie was the best done in years. The movie grossed almost $200 million around the world and almost $90 million here in the states. That was just the movie in theaters; when the DVD was released over 23 million copies were sold in the first few years. Just as special is the soundtrack of the movie, with such a memorable song "Under the Sea" which won Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy awards for Alan Manken and Howard Ashman.

To Sum it up

The Little Mermaid was and still is a very special movie to see for both children and adults. I myself have watched "the fishies", as my granddaughter calls them, numerous times each day and I find I never tire of watching dreams come true or listening to any of the beautiful musical numbers. Do yourself a huge favor and watch it again, remember how special it is and rejoice that it's dazzling animation paved the way for Disney's continued animated feature films success.

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    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR

      MimiKat33 

      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      I love The Little Mermaid too; especially since I seem to be watching it numerous times per day :) I find myself humming "Part of Your World". Thank you for your comments

    • Sarah Masson profile image

      Sarah 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love the Little Mermaid :)

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      Selina Kyle 

      7 years ago

      The Little Mermaid is still my favorite Disney movie! I remember watching at age six and falling in love with everything about it. I still know the words to all the songs and you'd better belive I belt them out whenever I hear them! :)

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