Genre Grandeur – The Little Mermaid (1989) – MovieRob (Encore Review)

nauticalFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Nautical Films, here’s a review of The Little Mermaid (1989) by me.

Thanks again to Sean of for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jay of Life Vs. Film (and head Shepard of the LAMB).  We will be reviewing our favorite Prison Film(s).

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jay!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


little-mermaid“Ariel, please! Will you get your head out of the clouds and back in the water where it belongs? ” – Sebastian

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD, 8 Apr 2014 and 28 Feb 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young mermaid enamored with the human world falls in love with a human and wishes to become human herself.

My Take on it – This is such an amazing Disney film because it was a turning point for the way people looked at their animation department.

It also was the impetus to ushering in a new renaissance of amazing Animated films for the studio.

I think the decision to make the animated films partially musicals is what started getting people to take their kids to see them in droves and the fact that each film also had aspects for kids and aspects for adults made them even more popular.

The songs in this film are superb and even two of them were nominated for Oscars (Kiss the Girl and Under the Sea) with the later winning the award.

Disney did a wonderful job of taking a known fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson and transform it into a modern tale of a rebellious teenager to her father’s authority while keeping both aspects of the story true to form.

Was so happy to rewatch this because the kid in me loves it, but the adult that I am now, loves it even moreso.

Bottom Line – Amazing Disney film that really changed the way people thought of the studio’s films and started a renaissance of excellent Animated films.  The songs are superb and it was deserving of the win for Best Song for Under the Sea.  The ability of Disney to take a normal plight of a teenager and transport it to the fairy tale world while still staying as true as possible to the original idea is pure genius.  A film that can truly be appreciated and understood by both kids and adults alike and each side can get so much out of it. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The dress Ariel wears during her dinner with Eric is actually a combination of different dresses worn by every Disney princess prior to her. The puffy sleeves with the diamond designs are similar to the sleeves on Snow White’s iconic dress. The light pink color comes from Cinderella’s mother’s dress (the one the stepsisters rip apart). The full skirt and draping are from Cinderella’s famous ball-gown. Finally, the off-the-shoulder neckline and long, pointed sleeves were inspired by Aurora’s royal dress. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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