The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid
Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 82 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 17, 1989
Directed by: Ron Clements
John Musker
Written by: Sam Graham
Chris Hubbell
Howard Ashman
Gerrit Graham

Based on the fairy tale of the same name
by Hans Christian Andersen
Distributed by: Buena Vista Films
Starring: Jodi Benson
Kenneth Mars
Sam Wright
Pat Carroll
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Previous film: N/A
Next film: The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 Disney animated movie. It provided its company one of the major successes at the box office and among critics and audiences. It stars Jodi Benson as the voice of Ariel, the titular little mermaid.


Ariel is a young mermaid who is curious to know how the life of the humans who live on the surface is. After she falls in love with a man of the surface who she see while on an exploration to the surface, she is tricked into seeking the advice of the sea witch Ursula, unknowingly putting her world in great danger.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is the first film in the Disney Renaissance, therefore the first quality movie after a streak of movies that were mildly received by critics and audiences.
  2. Very interesting characterization and use of each character, like the entertaining crab Sebastian and the creepy sea witch Ursula.
  3. While the animation is as good as every Disney movie of that time, this movie in particular shows that great details were put into depicting under water movements.
  4. Like most Disney movies, it provides good entertainment for children and adults alike.
  5. Quality soundtrack that has some highlights, including the songs "Part of Your World" (and its reprise), "Under the Sea", "Poor Unfortunate Souls", and "Kiss the Girl".
  6. It features a carefully selected cast of voice actors, especially Jodi Benson, Sam Wright, and Pat Carroll.
  7. The heroic scene when Eric kills Ursula.
  8. It features excellently drawn and colored backgrounds, especially the sub-marine ones.
  9. The movie is hand-painted colored, amazingly showing that a great and passionate work was put into it.
    • It sadly was the last film they made using traditional ink-and-paint (they used the technique only one more time for a Lilo & Stitch crossover trailer with this movie, and only as a throwback), as The Rescuers Down Under onward used digital ink and paint, but what a way to go out with the old-school technique.
  10. Its sequel made in 2000 was decent.