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on 2 December 2016
‘The Little Mermaid’ is not the best Disney film ever (that might be ‘Bambi’ or ‘The Jungle Book’ from the days when Walt Disney himself ran the company) and some parts are more interesting than others, however, it is good, including for adults. It has some of the best songs of any Disney film, for the music, the words and the performance e.g. the calypso-style ‘Under the Sea’.

Most of the plot is based quite closely on a Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name except that the ending is ‘Disneyfied’, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A mermaid called Ariel, daughter of the Sea King, loves a land-based human prince, but it is hard for them to be together as neither can naturally live in the other’s element.

When ‘The Little Mermaid’ was released in 1989, Disney had been going through a difficult period financially and some corners had to be cut e.g. the villainous undersea witch Ursula, meant to be octopus-like, had only 6 tentacles rather than 8, because it was cheaper to draw her that way.

Fortunately, the success of ‘The Little Mermaid’ followed in the next few years by ’Beauty and the Beast’ (and ‘Aladdin’, which I am less sure about) possibly even saved the existence of Disney animation, which had been in gradual decline after Walt Disney’s death. Part of the credit for this is due to the writers of the music and lyrics of all these films, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who had also written, more for adults, the brilliant musical (stage show and, especially, film) of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

‘The Little Mermaid’ is from the last period in which Disney films were still drawn by hand, which gives them a different look from more recent ones produced through digital technology.

Some of the ‘Special Features’ included are aimed at young children, but there are also interesting documentary features that may mean more to adults.
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on 5 March 2017
Daughter loved it, especially when Ariel sings. She was very upset to discover girls leave their families (their dads) when they get married (appreciate that it not always the case but here the story goes like that). Ariels' main passion seems to quickly become getting married.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 August 2017
Despite being released in 1989, 25 years before our daughter was born, she adores this movie and she must have watched it 10-20 times since we purchased it for her. She loves the songs, which are all very memorable, enjoys the storyline and most of all loves Ariel.
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on 31 July 2017
Watched to an inch of its life. Lol. True classes. My 3 year old is in mermaid heaven
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on 17 August 2017
Excellent product would definitely recommend. Also arrived exactly when expected.
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on 3 July 2017
Perfect!! Can't wait to watch one of my childhood favs with the kids :)
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on 24 June 2017
Girlfriend loves the packaging. As for the movie, its the original disney classic!
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on 31 July 2017
Bought in error - wanted a dvd - but at this price i cant complain and too expensive to post back :)
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on 20 January 2016
Great love my Disney classics I've found some hard to get on blu ray and wow the price on this is really good. Would buy from again
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on 7 June 2017
Great dvd
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