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on 19 February 2014
THE LITTLE MERMAID [1989/2014] [Diamond Edition] [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Music] [US Release] The 28th Disney Classic That Gave Voice To A Whole Generation!

Experience Ariel’s magical, musical world for the first time ever in dazzling 3D Blu-ray and Digital Copy! ‘The Little Mermaid,’ is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time, is now spectacularly transformed with state-of-the art digitally restored picture and brilliant high definition sound!

Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch. Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.

Share the wonder with your family, as you dive into the beloved classic Walt Disney animation film – now even more amazing than ever on 3D Blu-ray!

FILM FACT: Awards and Nomination: Academy Awards®: Win: Best Original Score. Win: Best Song for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's "Under the Sea." Nominated: "Kiss the Girl" song. Golden Globes® Awards: Win: Best Original Score. Win: Best Original Song for "Under the Sea." Nominated: Best Motion Picture. Nominated: Best Original Song. 1991 Grammy Awards: Win: Best Song "Under the Sea” for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman,

Voice Cast: René Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Paddi Edwards, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Edie McClurg, Will Ryan, Ben Wright, Samuel E. Wright, Jim Cummings (uncredited), J.D. Daniels (uncredited), Gerrit Graham (uncredited), Rod McKuen (uncredited), Malachi Pearson (uncredited), Kimmy Robertson (uncredited), Caroline Vasicek (uncredited) and Frank Welker (uncredited)

Directors: John Musker and Ron Clements

Producers: Howard Ashman, John Musker and Maureen Donley

Screenplay: Chris Hubbell. Gerrit Graham, Howard Ashman, John Musker, Ron Clements, Sam Graham and Hans Christian Andersen (original story)

Composer: Alan Menken

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Running Time: 83 minutes

Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC

Number of discs: 3

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: After glimmers of a change at Walt Disney Animation surfaced with the entertaining ‘Oliver and Company’ and ‘The Great Mouse Detective,’ the full flowering of Disney’s animation renaissance is indelibly showcased with 1989’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’ An exquisitely drawn animated musical, ‘The Little Mermaid’ returned enchantment and awe to the art of the animated feature, and Disney has never looked back. The film still plays like a dream with its toe-tapping music and an involving story of a wish fulfilled, and with it now available in 3D, some of the musical numbers are definitely enhanced though, for the most part, the adding of a third dimension doesn’t have quite the same dramatic effect on the storytelling that it did with Disney’s follow-up musical ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Sixteen-year old Ariel [Jodi Benson] is the young mermaid daughter of King Triton [Kenneth Mars], ruler of the seas, but she’s more than a little curious about the human world floating right above her. During a particularly violent storm at sea, she rescues Prince Eric [Christopher Daniel Barnes] and falls instantly in love with him. But in order to become his wife, she must shed her tail and acquire legs. To do that, she visits sea witch Ursula [Pat Carroll] who tricks her into signing a document granting her legs in exchange for her voice with the proviso that she has only three days to make the prince fall in love and kiss her. If she fails, she becomes a desiccated member of Ursula’s prison lair. Without her voice to identify to Eric that it was she who rescued him, Ariel is dependent on her friends Sebastian [Samuel E. Wright], Flounder [Jason Marin], and Scuttle [Buddy Hackett] to help her achieve her heart’s desire and prevent Ursula from taking over the sea.

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale has been given the magic Disney touch with the addition of Ariel’s singing sea buddies and the change of ending, but as with the best of Disney’s animated features, the protagonists go through daunting trials and tribulations against often frightening antagonists before the end arrives. Along the way is the absolutely first-rate musical score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman which gives the film its greatest distinction. Though some of Disney’s previous fairy tales were full scale musicals, the score for ‘The Little Mermaid’ is of Broadway quality with intricate rhythms and lyrics so fresh, witty, and spot-on that the cumulative effect of the brilliant animation and some of the best and most colourful Disney had turned out in decades, the involving story, and the superb music is an overwhelming one. “Under the Sea” is the first of many eye-popping production numbers to come in the Disney animated musicals, its reggae-rhythm infectious to the point of lifting one out of his seat and onto his feet to dance around the room. Both Ariel and Ursula have their songs of yearning: Ariel’s lovely “Part of Your World” and Ursula’s snaky “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Ship’s cook Louis [Rene Auberjonois] sings his menu plans in “Les Poissons” which suspiciously seems more like a dry run for “Be Our Guest” in the next Disney musical, but “Kiss the Girl” sets up a lovely calypso-style ballad animated against a hilarious array of comic sight gags. This song is a perfect encapsulation of the new Disney mantra for these musicals: beautiful and heartfelt but never sacrificing a sense of fun for mere sentimentality.

The voice casting is exquisite. Jodi Benson exudes the adolescent fervour of the youthful Ariel, and her handling of “Part of Your World” is boundlessly joyful and filled with the hopes and dreams of the young. Pat Carroll more than earns her place among the great Disney villainesses as the scheming, creepy (in more ways than one) Ursula. Samuel E. Wright as the crab Sebastian gets the film’s two most bracing numbers “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” and also offers a comic touch as Ariel’s (mostly ignored) voice of reason. Buddy Hackett as the scatter-brained seagull Scuttle wears a little thin by the end, but he’s a basically harmless distraction, and Jason Marin makes a sweet little companion for Ariel as Flounder. Kenneth Mars has great authority as King Triton while Paddi Edwards effectively voices the evil moray eels Flotsam and Jetsam who carry out their mistress Ursula’s bidding.

3D Blu-ray Video Quality – The film has been framed at 1.78:1 and is presented in a stunning 1080p encoded image. The image is pristine and features unparalleled sharpness and rich, deeply saturated colour. The clarity also allows the viewer to marvel at the special effects used to simulate the undulating water in the underwater sequences. There is no banding or any other distracting artefacts to mar the visual presentation. While the 3D conversion has been carefully applied to the original 2D animation, the result effects are totally brilliant. Great depth and creative use of object placement is most visible, especially in the “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” production numbers and in the typhoon sequence early in the film. Ursula’s later rampage is curiously not as effective in three dimensions as one might have suspected it would be. While there are no forward projections, one notices constantly that had the film been originally animated with 3D in mind, a number of stunning uses of forward projection, including bubbles, King Triton’s trident, Ursula's tentacles, and certainly the climactic confrontation between Ursula and Eric, are quite effective. Thankfully there is no crosstalk in the film proper, though I saw quite disturbing amounts of it in the main menu which certainly gave me pause before starting the film.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix uses the wide sound field to maximum advantage with this musical adventure. There are numerous instances of split sound effects which are placed in the fronts and rears and which occasionally pan through the soundstage with expressive use of the surround channel on several occasions. The wonderful orchestrations for Alan Menken’s tuneful score place varying instruments in their own part of the audio field for a terrific sense of immersion into the music. Dialogue has been masterfully recorded and has been placed in the centre channel.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

The Little Mermaid: New 1080p Bonus Features:

Special Feature: @DisneyAnimation [1080p] [11:00] A fantastic little Disney Animation feature that begins with Little Mermaid directors John Musker and Ron Clements, then visits with numerous other studio animators, veteran and rookie, to learn about their inspirations, motivations and early forays into animation. I only wish it were longer. This is the sort of behind-the-scenes extra that deserves an upgrade to feature-length documentary.

Special Feature: Under the Scene [1080p] [13:00] This "Art of Live-Action Reference" feature delves into the resurrected craft of drawing upon real world elements, actors and reference footage to overcome difficult animation challenges and unite the animators on complex shots.

Special Feature: Howard's Lecture [1080p] [16:00] Meet one of the unsung heroes of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and the late Howard Ashman, a writer and lyricist who sadly passed away in 1991 of complications. Howard Ashman was the lyricist for 'The Little Mermaid'. He did what the filmmakers called a "lunchtime lecture" for the animators during the film's production. That lecture, about the importance of musicals and why the form works, is intercut with modern interviews.

Special Feature: Deleted Character: Harold the Merman [1080p] [2:00] Musker and Clements introduce poor Harold the Merman, who not only earned Ursula's wrath, but didn't even make it into the finished film.

Special Feature: Part of Her World [1080p] [5:00] "Jodi Benson's Voyage to New Fantasyland" follows the Ariel voice actress to Disney's Animation Resort, where she attends festivities and takes her children to Walt Disney World and Ariel's Grotto in New Fantasyland.

Special Feature: Crab-E-Oke Sing Along [1080p] [16:00] Sing along with "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," "Les Poissons" and "Kiss the Girl," with these dynamic karaoke shorts.

Special Feature: Music Video [1080p] [4:00] Carly Rae Jepsen performs "Part of Your World." "Part of Your World" was written at the behest of Ashman, who felt that it was necessary for Ariel to have a song in which she shares with the audience her hopes and dreams, similar to a traditional Broadway musical. The song has been mostly positively received by critics, who praised Ashman and Menken's song writing abilities as well as Benson's vocal performance. Despite being the film's theme song and critically lauded, "Part of Your World" did not receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, while The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" did.

The Little Mermaid: Classic DVD Bonus Features:

Special Feature: Deleted Scenes [489i] [26:00] Seven lengthy but unfinished deleted scenes are available, with introductions by Musker and Clements: "Fathom's Below" (Alternate Version), "Backstage with Sebastian," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (Alternate Version), "Sebastian Lost in the Castle," "Advice from Sebastian," "Fight with Ursula" (Alternate Ending) and "Silence is Golden" (Song Demo).

Special Feature: Backstage Disney [1080p / 480i] Nine separate extras are grouped within the disc's "Backstage Disney" section:

Special Feature: The Little Match Girl [2006] [1080p] [7:00] A lovely animated short, with director's introduction. An animated short based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale about a poor young girl with a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home.

Special Feature: The Making of The Little Mermaid [489i] [46:00] This is an excellent 6-part production documentary.

Special Feature: The Story Behind the Story [480i] [11:00] A look at Hans Christian Anderson and his original tale.

Special Feature: Storm Warning: Special Effects Unit [480i] [9:00] Focuses on the film's storm at sea.

Special Feature: Under the Sea Early Presentation Reel [480i] [3:00] Concept art set to music.

Special Feature: John and Ron Make Caricatures of Each Other [480i] [1:00] The directors draw one another.

Special Feature: Animators Comment on their Characters [480i] [2:00] Brief interview snippets.

Special Feature: The Little Mermaid Handshake [480i] [1:00] The directors demonstrate a secret handshake.

Theatrical Trailer [1989] [480i] [2:00] This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for ‘The Little Mermaid.’ What a shame they could not of upgraded this.

Special Feature: Music & More [1080p / 480i] [14:00] Navigate to "Music & More" to access four songs with on-screen lyrics [1080p] "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Les Poissons" and "Kiss the Girl" as well as a "Kiss the Girl" [489i] music video with Ashley Tisdale.

Special Feature: Disneypedia: Life Under the Sea [1080p] [8:00] A child-friendly oceanic wildlife feature.

Special Feature: Behind the Ride that Almost Was [1080p] [6:00] Here we get to see why they abandoned plans for a Little Mermaid attraction.

Special Feature: Under the Sea Adventure [480i] [4:00] A virtual theme park ride. Journey under the sea and become part of Ariel's world as one of the most beloved animated films of all time, ‘The Little Mermaid,’ transforms into a brand-new, musical attraction for the whole family!

Finally, one potential drawback should be mentioned, and that is that one has already generated a lot of internet chatter and even cries for a recall. There were a few very minor errors made in the main feature, apparently during the film’s restoration. I almost didn’t think it was necessary to mention this, because in my humble opinion they are by no means a deal breaker. I would never have caught these changes, meaning the main ones being a slight change in the timing of the opening credits’ appearance onscreen and a minor editing change in “Part of Your World” that results in a few seconds of mis-matched lip sync while Ariel sings, but for those concerned, this video contains side-by-side comparisons of the 2006 inferior DVD and the new stunning 3D Blu-ray. ‘The Little Mermaid’ still ranks as one of the great Disney animated musicals. Coming to 3D Blu-ray after many of its contemporaries have already made an appearance fills a gaping hole in the Disney animated Blu-ray catalogue. The 3D conversion is pleasant but not a required upgrade for the film. Nevertheless, I am still pleased to add this to my ever expanding Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 15 September 2013
Starting from when Beauty and the Beast was first released on blu ray with classic numbering on its side, I've found myself collecting the majority of the releases to build up the set, and have been eagerly awaiting this as one of the better installments of the franchise.

The film itself would be an easy 9/10 as there are moments where the animation feels a little stilted and halfhearted (almost entirely in the opening sequence with the very plain dolphins etc) which drag it down, but once we first encounter the characters, the film picks up and never lets it sag for a moment.

The blu ray transfer is flawless, as mentioned in regards to the opening animation, I did have an initial concern when watching that it might look TOO clean and really highlight the flaws to detriment of the film, but this was not the case, and instead the colours are rich and vibrant and sound perfectly balanced between dialogue and musical interludes. Speaking of said musical numbers, absolute highlights of the transfer would be the flashy visuals to Poor Unfortunate Souls, and the enhanced mood and beauty to Kiss The Girl - both have never looked or sounded better. Overall transfer gets another 9/10 due to the slight issue taken with the initial few minutes as mentioned earlier. However if you have never had any issues the style and animation there, than this definately gets the extra point to a perfect 10.
The extra features are nicely varied and whilst personally not many I'd re-watch, all were interesting to at least see the once.

Of the many Disney blu rays I have seen thus far, this is easily one of the best transfers - right up there with the likes of Beauty and the Beast and Tangled and a must buy for any fan!
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on 5 August 2005
This delightful children's film is a timeless Walt Disney classic and is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson. It focuses on life under the sea, in particular Ariel, a mermaid princess who falls in love with a human prince named Eric. She rescues him from the sea when his ship is struck by lightening and sunk. On her quest to win his heart she meets the sea witch Ursula, who's ultimate desire is to rule the ocean, and transforms her from a mermaid into a human but at a price, Ariel's voice. She has 3 days to win Eric's heart but if she fails she will become mermaid once more and be Ursula's forever..........
The Little Mermaid is typical of its genre; it has a certain charm which draws the children (and parents) into watching it. The film includes an array of fun characters including Sebastian, the reggae singing crab, and flounder, Ariel's faithful companion. Sebastian brings a real humour to the film and after a vague start it can be assured that by the end of the film everyone will warm to him. Another amusing character is Scuttle the Seagull who claims to be the expert on all things human. So when presented with a fork from one of Ariel's ship exploration's, declares ' now this is a dinglehopper which humans use to comb their hair with'. The colourful animation keeps children riveted and the Oscar winning sing-along tunes involve the family with the film. Another element which keeps the children engaged is the fact that the film is only 79 minutes long, which as any parent knows the shorter the film, the better, otherwise the small children get agitated and bored. A good storyline is always vital and this Hans Christian Anderson fairytale is the perfect, enchanting tale. It contains key characters such as the dashing prince (Eric), evil witch (sea witch, Ursula), sidekick (Sebastian), protective father (King Triton) and, of course, the damsel (Ariel). As with all successful children's films the story has a happy ending and leaves the viewer feeling uplifted and joyful. Definitely a must see film for all the family.
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on 4 September 2013
I want to start with myself; I am not a 12 year old girl who has watched this film 5 times, I am a 17 year old boy who has watched this film near 100 times. The Little Mermaid will always be my favourite Disney film because of its characters, animation, story and score. This film combines each of these crucial aspects and formulates a well-rounded Disney film which will be loved by all. Do not be discouraged by the title or protagonist; this is NOT a girly film. Yes, Ariel is female but the story is not gender specific; we can all dream and take chances and there is no way that everything is targeted at little girls. In fact, there seems to be many areas which break the "Disney princess" convention e.g. the final fight.
Two things anger me about this film: the fact that some people deem it feminine and are drawn away from appreciating this real work of art and not enough praise is given to Alan Menken for his Academy Award winning musical score which resonates throughout. Now with this HD upgrade, hopefully it will gain more praise in both areas.
Besides the background details which should have more appreciation, the film throws you into the underwater world where you will meet Ariel and her friends as well as her father who stands in between the mermaid and becoming part of the human world. To "help" her is the brilliant and iconic Ursula but little does Ariel know how much her hopes will cost her and those closest to her. One major criticism of the film is Ariel herself whom some say throws women's rights back a few decades but I see Ariel as (certainly the first princess) a figure who shows conviction and determination to involve herself in action and does not rely on her prince to save her. When the final fight commences, Ariel directly orders Eric to get away in fear of his safety whereas others Disney have created prior to this film will cower away. Ariel is a positive role model and should not be criticised for having a wish and taking chances to see them come true.
The Blu-Ray copy brings a modernisation of this film with darker, more realistic colours and crisper sound to fully appreciate the world-famous "Under The Sea" number which truly the message of this film: to be part of their world (sorry) and since being taken off the big screen, Blu-Ray is the best way for fans and kids of the Renaissance to return and even to introduce new fans with maximum immersion and enjoyment.
Everything about the box is beautiful, especially the slip cover which I had hoped would be included with embossed lettering and for a few of the characters as well. It is a real collector's item.
Overall, I couldn't be more positive about this film. I'm so glad that a Diamond Edition has been released to keep for many years to come and I can rediscover all that it had taught me from my earliest memories from believing in myself and the real strengths of women which were so irritatingly overlooked in the earlier princess movies. The Little Mermaid is an iconic film and will be remembered as a work of art. Buy it and you will enjoy it; I still do.
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on 25 October 2008
joint with Lion King as being the best Disney film ever and another one of my favourite films of all time.
the animation is breathtaking and shows us the greatest set of characters ever.
Arial is the definitive Disney princess...who actually fights for what she believes in and remains a truely beautiful Disney creation.
Sabastean = the most hilarious Disney character after Robin Williams Genie in Aladdin.
Ursula is neck in neck with Sleeping Beauty's Melefacent as the ultimate Disney villain.
a remarkable film and Disney at its most epic and beautiful best that in turn marked a new golden age of Disney animation.
the astonishing Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, and (my fave)The Lion King followed this masterpiece.
simply amazing
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on 5 July 2004
The Little Mermaid is by far the best movie ever. It is a story of love between a beautiful headstrong mermaid called Ariel and a human prince called Eric.She has the most beautiful voice in all of Atlantica. One day she saves the young prince from drowning and falls deeply in love with him. But her father, King Triton, disapproves and destroys her hidden trove full of human treasures. She trades her voice with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to become a human for three days and to make him kiss her otherwise she becomes a mermaid again. But Ursula has plans to take Atlantica and steal Tritons kingdom from him. This has to be the greatest Disney movie of all time and i have loved it ever since i was a little girl (i am 16 now, the same age as Ariel!) and i still adore it. I highly recommend this to anyone. (The soundtrack's great too)
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on 30 May 2008
I absolutely love this film it's quite short but has some awesome characters and catchy music. It's nowhere near as environmentally teaching as Finding Nemo but is still just as fun. Some of the extras on the DVD are really cool as well especially a feature on a 'would have been' ride for the Disney theme parks but never went into action, I hope they put it in the parks one day.
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on 29 April 2000
The little mermaid is the best.You'll meet Ariel the mermaid in love with a human and her unforgettable friends,flounder the fish,sebastian the crab and scuttle the seagull.You'll also meet Ursula the great villainess and many more characters.Also experience the award winning music(you'll be dancing in your seat.) This movie on DVD is excellent but it could have more features,nevertheless you see this masterpiece in all it's true glory! It is certainly my fave film of all time and I'm a 15 year old lad!Enjoy it!
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on 5 March 2006
This film was released when I was 1 year old and my mum bought it for me when I was two-ish. I fell in love with it, and watched it so much that you would have thought I'd grow sick of it. But I never have. It's THAT GOOD.
The characters are wonderful. By this point Disney seemed to have realised that all their heroines needn't be blonde, bland and harmless. Ariel is very spirited, you might almost call her a bit of a brat, but she's also insanely lovable. The relationship between her and her father is so well played out. I challenge anyone to watch the ending when she says 'I love you, Daddy' and to not shed a tear. Her sidekicks Sebastian, Flounder and Scuddle are all hilarious, especialy the Jamaican crab Sebastian.
However, my two favourite characters are the evil sea witch Ursula, and Louis the French chef. Ursualla is so fabulous yet so evil, like Cruella Devil but with tentacles. You've just got to love her, despite her nastiness. And Louis is only a bit part, but his scene where he tries to capture Sebastian (with the music for the can-can in the background) has me screaming with laughter.
In conclusion: Buy it. Watch it with your children. And your grandchildren. I know this will still be popular for generations to come.
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on 5 November 2006
14 years before 'Finding Nemo' splashed into cinemas, 'The Little Mermaid' had already taught us that it is indeed better, down where it's wetter Take It From Meeee....

where do i start This delightful Disney-fied adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's tale of the same name still holds its own after all these years of advancements in animation. It's partly because the studio really pushes the boat out, as it were, when it comes to getting the visuals right. But it's also because this is a great story, with a strong female lead, a nice array of supporting characters, suspense and romance in all the right places and some better-than-decent tunes.

Jodi Benson does a fantastic job as the voice of Ariel, the "little mermaid" of the title (actually, she's 16 so not really all that little) For reasons we can only hazard a guess at, she longs to leave her deep sea life behind her and live up-top with the human types. So, despite the strong advice of King Triton (who's also her dear old daddy), she makes a deal with the tentacled seahag Ursula which involves swapping her voice for a pair of legs. The catch? She's got to get the handsome and unfortunately named Prince Eric to snog her before the sun goes down on the third day, or she'll be tossed back into the sea like an old trout Of course, it goes without saying that pop's is gonna chuck a wobbler when he finds out lol

The colourful and imaginative backdrops make for a visual treat, particularly in the underwater scenes, whilst the characters are much better written than many of their counterparts from other Disney flicks of the period. Perhaps the only exception to that is witchy woman Ursula, who's a bit like Madam Mim from 'The Sword and the Stone' only without the comedy value. And you can't help but wonder why, if she's such a great sorceress, she doesn't use some of that magic to make herself vaguely presentable instead of living her life as some sort of aquatic Grotbags.

i hope this review helps. to those who are not already familiar with the little mermaid my advice is simple.. "BUY IT" and if you have seen it my advice again is 'BUY IT' i have been waiting for the release of the little mermaid for years' all we need next is 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' :) hope you lovely people of amazon enjoy this film..
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