The Little Mermaid (Clements, Musker, 1989)
I was born and raised a Disney child and I never have grown out of it. Despite this, it has been a while since I’ve seen almost all of the classic animated Disney movies I grew up with. So I have decided I want to watch them all again – in order of release. When I finish, I will rank them all, and hand out my number scores from there.
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this series. I had a slight bit of trouble obtaining a dvd of this movie that didn’t look like it had been through a meat grinder. Again, better than I remembered. Similar to what I liked about Sleeping Beauty, this is an unashamed fairy tale that just happens to cross two worlds – our world at land, and a world under the sea. No, there is absolutely no development to the central relationship. Ariel ‘falls in love’ with the prince based on two encounters, neither of which involved them speaking to each other. But after she arrives on land to spend a few days with him, their romantic and playful activities feel genuine. (Still, the whole ‘you have three days to get true love’s kiss’ schtick deserves at least a slight eye-roll.) But couple this playfulness with an exciting, adventurous story, arguably the scariest villain in a Disney film yet, and a great collection of songs, and this is a step back in the right direction after several questionable efforts from the 80s. 8/10