The Little Mermaid - Disney Films Project
I saw The Little Mermaid in the theater when I was 21 years old. I was on a date (with a guy I dated briefly in college) and I vividly remember worrying about if he would think I was a bit silly for enjoying the movie so very much. I was relieved when he also started laughing out loud. I couldn't remember ever feeling that way about an animated movie since I was a little kid. It was hilarious! It was magical. I knew I had just seen something special.
This film has held up to the test of time for me. I loved it as a young adult and I cherished it with my children while they were growing up. All of these years later, I still sing along with the music and chuckle with Scuttle, Sebastian, and Chef Louie. The storytelling is tight and the characters are so fun. Ursula is one of the best Disney villains out there and she really plays up her role. And the music is just phenomenal. "Bright young women, sick of swimmin, ready to stand!" What powerful lyrics! The "Kiss the Girl" song scene is a total classic and legitimately romantic.
The Little Mermaid ushered in an incredible era in Disney animation. While I love some of the movies we are about to review even more, I can't give this film any less than a 10 out of 10 Mickey ears rating. It's simply fantastic!
Second Opinion with Alex Nelson
So this is the second review movie I expected to dislike before seeing, with the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as the first.
I regarded Mermaid as “A chick flick”, but watched anyway. And I will be blunt about my opinions, and spare nothing. Bitter truth: The blasted thing won me over!
Maybe I had weird expectations from the ride, shampoo, toys, and other merchandise. I saw all this success, and no real workability for guys. But the whole thing is filled with excellent male figures throughout. Erik, Triton, Sebastian, Orville and Wart- Excuse me, Scuttle and Flounder, managed to make the thing work on my perspective as well.
Ursula drives it home as the villain of the flick, in a manner that makes one absolutely feel the devil in her details. Not to mention her big, bombastic sales pitch of “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Speaking of Music, the whole film is full of great songs, except for the one at the beginning of the concert, which may be intentional?
Ariel is also excellent in the whole film, with everything put just so in the design. Even when she goes mute for part of the film, she’s still unique in personality.
Do I dislike anything? Yes. Mainly its Triton’s other daughters, there for exposition and music, but not much else. That’s called a missed opportunity.
Also, I can’t tell which one Flotsam is, and which one Jetsam is. This is a minor grievance, but it bugs me.
Finally, Ursula is IMPALED at the end. This probably got letters. Put together with Sykes, who plowed into a subway car, and his dogs, one of whom is shown being electrocuted onscreen, the films revert to “falling off of something” for a while.
But the rest is quite excellent. Even the backgrounds, which are Pinocchio level quality at best. This film is great, but overexposed in the media. The rating? Well, not bad. Let’s call it a B+, or 9 out of 10 mickey ears. A few details jut out, but when the film picks up, it doesn’t stop.
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