Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars: Jodi Benson, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Buddy Hackett
In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
Here is Disney's version of the Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid. Are the two the same, not really. That is why this is a review of the movie and not the story.
This was the first animated movie that started the new change in their feature length animated movies. The animation itself looked cleaner and more defined. The movement of the movie flowed like the water it takes place in. There was nothing choppy about the work at all.
The best part of the movie are the characters. While watching this movie, you fall in love with these animals. I mean they seem to come to life in front of you. Sebastian was the real star and the favorite of the whole movie. He is the most recognizable character from the movie. Then you have one of the best villains in a Disney movie, Ursula. She was really the best in the movie, in my opinion. She was created from the look of Divine, the drag performer. She was going to do the voice, but he passed away before the movie was made. The other great part of the movie was the music and the song. They really did help tell the story. The songs were great in the movie.
This was the beginning of Disney on a role with producing great animated movies. This is a great movie that needs to be added to movie collections. It is well worth watching and owning. Enjoy.
The Little Mermaid (1989) Trailer