The Little Mermaid (1989) Review

Ladies and gentlemen…. The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
Damn, that’s a pretty movie

No need for any build-up here… I LOVE this movie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Disney animation. Sure, some of their films kind of suck (I’m looking at you Pocahontas), but when Disney’s on the top of their game, nothing’s better.

The Little Mermaid is Disney’s adaptation of a ridiculously depressing Hans Christian Anderson story. The Disney version is colorful, fun, and introduced the world to everyone’s favorite redhead.

Not you Annie… You suck

This movie is important for a variety of reasons. It marked the revival of Disney animation, rescuing it from public indifference. (Before The Little Mermaid came the decent Oliver and Company, and the good but easily forgotten Great Mouse Detective and The Black Cauldron). Disney movies before Little Mermaid weren’t bad, but there weren’t mind blowing. The Little Mermaid changed that, and it was the first film in the Disney Silver Age that included masterpieces like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King.

Everything about this film is beautiful. The art is amazing: It was the last hand-painted Disney film and every bubble was drawn by hand (and there are millions in the movie.) The music is awesome: You can’t listen to the soundtrack without smiling. And of course, Ariel is H-O-T.

Ariel and Flounder
“Hey Ariel… Do you like fish-sticks?”

Fun fact: The body reference for Ariel was Sherri Stoner, who later did the voice of Slappy Squirrel on Animaniacs.

Slappy Squirrel

The music in this movie is so good. “Under the Sea” is the most fun song ever. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is an awesome villain song (one of the best) and “Kiss the Girl” would be great even if the whole song was just the frog chorus.

Kiss the Girl
Careful man… she’s got crab(s)

So it’s a great movie… BUT it could have been even better. The originally intended voices for King Triton and Ursula were Patrick Stewart and Bea Arthur. I think I speak for everyone when I say OMG THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME. Pat Carroll did a great job with Ursula, but… come on… Bea Arthur!

Final Verdict: Seashell bras, Jamaican crabs, Buddy Hackett as a seagull, and an angry French stereotype? Yes please.

Chef Louis
Zut alors!

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3 Responses to The Little Mermaid (1989) Review

  1. Melissa says:

    I guess with having a giant gold umm..”member” on movie posters and the original movie cover…and a priest with an erection they should talk about the dangers of STDs. Go you for warning Eric…somebody had to!