THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Stars ìììì

The Little Mermaid could easily classify as Disney’s best, all-time, animated musical feature. It charms, enchants, and entertains. Don’t misjudge it as a ‘girls only’ movie. Disney provides enough adventure as villains compete, trick, and dare to upset the balance between good and evil to satisfy boys as well as girls. Kudos to Ron Clements and John Musker for transforming this Hans Christian Andersen classic tale into a wonderful 83-minute delight.

Storyline

Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson), a Mermaid in love with all things human, dares with her two friends Sebastian (voice of Samuel E. Wright) and Flounder (voice of Jason Marin) to watch Prince Eric’s (voice of Christopher Daniel Barnes) birthday party. The story is on as a sudden storm throws Eric overboard and Ariel rushes to rescue him.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Ron Clements and John Musker for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Howard Ashman and John Musker for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Louis (voice of René Auberjonois), Ursula (voice of Pat Carroll), Flotsam & Jetsam (voice of Paddi Edwards), Scuttle (voice of Buddy Hackett), Triton (voice of Kenneth Mars), and Carlotta (voice of Edie McClurg).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a film for all ages. Good, clean fun.

Ben Meyers

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