The Little Mermaid

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Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners IV Released 1989

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Director:
John Musker , Ron Clements
Released:
1989
Rating:
G

The Little Mermaid is a charming animated feature film that follows inquisitive young Princess Ariel as she comes of age despite the best efforts of her father, King Triton. Ariel, along with her best friend Flounder, spots a ship out on the seas celebrating the birthday of the human Prince Eric. Ariel sees and immediately falls in love with Eric who nearly drowns after King Triton causes a storm out of anger at his daughter's absence at her singing debut. Sebastian, the royal maestro and advisor to the king, is tasked with following the princess and ensuring she stays out of trouble. He has his hands full with Ariel, who foolishly seeks the help of the Sea Witch, Ursula, whose delusions of grandeur are topped only by her desire to see King Triton fall. This 1989 Disney classic is a timeless tale full of action, adventure and life lessons that is sure to captivate the imagination and warm the heart.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Walt Disney's The Little Mermaid is a jolly and inventive animated fantasy - a movie that's so creative and so much fun it deserves comparison with the best Disney work of the past.

  • 100

    San Francisco Examiner Barbara Shulgasser

    The animation is dazzling (two-thirds of the movie is set underwater). The love story between mermaid Ariel (the sweet voice of Jodi Benson) and mortal Prince Eric (Christopher Dan...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    It may not be a transcendent masterpiece of the Disney canon, but The Little Mermaid is still very heartening: It suggests the Disney magic isn't lost after all.

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Tweens, Pre-Teens, Grade Schoolers