The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ron Clements and John Musker direct Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes and Pat Carroll in this Disney animated classic about a mermaid who gives up her voice for a pair of legs in the hope of kissing a land bound prince.

Definitely the best viewing experience I’ve had of this… being a little too adamantly boyish to fully enjoy it in my youth. The tunes are glorious, Ursula makes for a fiendish villain and Sebastian a note perfect sidekick. So… some of the background and filler animation is a bit formless (the studios was literally being reborn after decades of talent drain and cheap corner cutting) yet Ariel herself is a revelation of design and movement. I’m fully aware it is wrong to find a teenage cartoon who is half fish so attractive at my age… Sue me!


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