ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Little Mermaid (1989) - Review

Updated on November 19, 2020
TJHousel profile image

Tawnya was a kid in the 80s and a teen in the 90s. She grew up loving Ariel.

Disney Dynasty's Red-Haired Child

As a little girl and one of four girls in my family, my childhood was full of Disney classics, especially fairy tales starring Disney royalty. When I was nine-years-old, The Little Mermaid was released for the first time, and I was anxious to catch a peek of Disney's newest princess. As soon as I saw the red-haired princess with a golden voice and a tender heart, I instantly fell in love with her.

In addition to being instantly drawn to Ariel, I also fell in love with Sebastian, Eric, Scuttle, King Triton, Ursula, and the whole underwater crew. I mean who wouldn't fall in love with a love story about a mermaid princess and a human prince falling in love with each other and doing anything they had to live happily after ever.

Ariel's Obsession with the Human World

Ariel's story is one that many girls, including my younger self, can relate to. She is unhappy with her life under the sea, even though she is the daughter of a King and wants more than anything to see more of the world, specifically the human world. After meeting Prince Eric, a human, Ariel wants even more to be a part of "that" world as she calls it.

To realize her dream, Ariel makes a deal with an unscrupulous sea hag, Ursula. Ursula befriends the naïve Ariel and makes her believe that she truly wants to help her, but Ursula has bigger, evil plans in store for Ariel, her father, King Triton, and Prince Eric.

Why I Still Love The Little Mermaid Today

As a little girl, I remember being terribly fearful of Ursula and wanting so badly for Eric and Ursula to fall in love and live happily ever after. As a grown-up, I couldn't wait to share The Little Mermaid with my daughter who loves it as much as I do. My favorite part was watching her get up and dance during Sebastian's solo under the sea, and routing for Ariel and Eric to fall in love the same way I did when I was her age.

Whether you have seen The Little Mermaid a million times or are looking for a great Disney Princess classic to add to your collection, you won't regret watching this fairytale for many years to come.

Facts About The Little Mermaid

  • This Disney Classic is based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name
  • Ariel's body was inspired by actress Alyssa Milano
  • Released to theaters the first time on November 14, 1989
  • Ursula's body type was inspired by a famous drag queen, Divine
  • Disney's 28th classic
  • Released from the Disney Vault, with much anticipation, on October 13, 2013
  • In the book that inspired The Little Mermaid, the sea witch is not a prominent character and is not even named
  • Ariel was created as a red head because it complimented her green tail
  • Part of Your World was almost cut from the movie
  • The Little Mermaid is credited as creating a wave of Disney Princess mania

Add The Little Mermaid to Your Disney Collection at Home

The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition) [DVD]
The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition) [DVD]
Ariel, The Little Mermaid, is and will always be one of my favorite Disney movies. Make sure you add this Disney classic to your at-home collection before it returns to the Disney Vault.

My Daughter's Favorite Part of The Little Mermaid

I have watched The Little Mermaid dozens of times. In the past decade, I have watched this Disney classic with my young daughter. Check out my favorite Ariel moment in the YouTube video below.

Who is Your Favorite Character in The Little Mermaid?

See results

© 2013 Tawnya


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)