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The Little Mermaid - The 1989 DVD Edition

Updated on June 11, 2018

This is a DVD with the 1989 version of The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid was one of my daughters favorites cartoon movies, they watched it over and over, and the must have seen it at least a few dozens times. They would sometimes beg my wife and I come and watch it with them and sometimes we would concede, even though we'd already seen it a few times.

If you didn't know "The Little Mermaid" cartoon from Disney is based on a tale of Hans Christian Anderson. The original story has fewer characters and it is less dramatic. Andersen's original story has is deeper, and somewhat sad, because the little mermaid will not fulfill her love, but instead she will suffer a spiritual transformation. Anderson's story is not so much a story for kids, as much of his work. So Disney had to adapt it in order to make it suitable for young children, and they did a great job with that.

Disney's story is a story with happy ending, where the evil is defeated, everybody lives happily ever after, although there is intense drama, and we can't foresee a happy ending until the end of the movie. The cartoon animators have done a great job introducing a lot of great characters, and this adds to the story, making it absolutely great. In fact "The Little Mermaid" was first cartoon in a series to restore Disney's reputation, after years of cutting corners.

The characters are very lively and they are very well defined, with Ariel the the Sea Princes, the daughter of Triton the king. Ariel falls in love with a prince from the surface. Prince Eric also falls in love with her voice. From now on Ariel cannot think of anything else but the prince, which was promptly exploited by Ursula, the sea witch. She plots a plan to take Ariel's voice by offering her the chance to go on the land as a human, without her mermaid tale. However, Ursula had a condition though, if the prince didn't kiss Ariel in two days, Ursula would take Ariel's voice. The prince was in love with Ariel voice, so Ursula would have taken her identity, leaving Ariel with no voice.

One of the cutest characters in the movie, Sebastian the crab, follows Ariel everywhere, and tries to help the princes take the right decisions. Sebastian is interpreted by Samuel E. Wright, and Sebastian's famous song, "Under the Sea" is an Oscar winner.

The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

This is the original DVD, one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. The Little Mermaid won two Academy Awards for Best Music - Original Score and Best Music - Original Song. ("Under The Sea," 1989) There is a newer enhanced version based on the original, but I like the original more.

 
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea [Special Edition]
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea [Special Edition]

This is the Little Mermaid sequel, "Return to the Sea". It was presented to the audience in 2000, and the it focuses on Melody, Ariel and prince Eric's daughter.

 

This video is a TV documentary on the Making of "The Little Mermaid". The show is hosted by Alyssa Milano, and it's a great view.

© 2013 Dorian Bodnariuc

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