The little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid – An ‘Under the Sea’ Adventure & Romance

November 13, 2018 3 Comments

No matter how many times it’s been re-told, most all of us probably consider Disney’s version of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Little Mermaid as our introduction. With its award winning music and colorful world, it’s a movie that, no doubt, many of us consider a classic.

Though we all know the story, here’s what this fairy tale is about.

The Little Mermaid (1989) Film Review

Life as the daughter of a King isn’t what Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) imagines it could be. She has every comfort, but living under her father’s rules as a mermaid isn’t all she wants. Ariel has dreams for a world “up there,” where she believes there’s freedom and she won’t be reprimanded by a stern father.

She becomes even more wishful of life on land when she rescues a handsome boy from shipwreck; a boy who also happens to be a prince. When he slowly wakes to hear an angelic voice and face leaning over him, he makes it his mission to discover who this girl is! Ariel too determines she’ll find a way to live on land, but in order to do this, and woo Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes), she must strike a bargain with the evil Ursula (Pat Carroll).

When I say I don’t remember my first exposure to this film, it’s the truth. I don’t remember the first time I watched this or what went through my little girl mind. Whatever it was, I was clearly captivated by this story since it’s this Disney movie I picked as my little girl obsession. Or so my parent’s tell me. I have child sweatshirts, and a character doll to prove this. But perhaps the most telling of my re-watches is that my aunt and uncle taped the film on VHS for me. Yes, this is right, kids. My childhood was all about those VHS tapes – because what was streaming!?

FILM REVIEW | Zootopia (2016) – Disney’s Colorful Gang of Lovable Characters

The Little Mermaid

At the basic core, the story is about a curious girl who wants to see the world; something many of us relate to. Of course, along the way, she finds her dream guy and she has to fight off an evil sea creature, but the heart of the story remains. This wouldn’t be a Disney classic otherwise, right?

In more recent years, Disney’s heroines have changed drastically; and their heroes become less relevant (but this is for another day). Nonetheless, I’m still a girl from the old school of thought who believes these original Disney characters are still relevant. Ariel may not be the franchise’s most fierce heroine, but she’s memorable, she has a good heart and let’s face it, the girl has amazing hair.

Perhaps its greatest achievement is its music, which is familiar to so many. Between the fun and bright ‘Under the Sea’ (who else loves Sebastian?) or the romantic and pretty ‘Kiss the Girl,’ the music is unforgettable. Plus, the vocals are stunning! Rumor has it, this film also “saved” Disney following more than one box office disappointment. On this day, when The Little Mermaid first premiered almost 30 years ago, it brings joy to remember an iconic part of Disney’s animation journey.

Whether she’s in her watery home or living on land with her prince, Ariel’s story is a universal. It a story about a girl and a dream. So long as we remember to keep them based in the reality that is life, a little dreaming never hurt anyone.

(Disclosure: this post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Read the disclosure page for details.)

You can purchase a Diamond Edition DVD of The Little Mermaid from Amazon Marketplace.

A #Disney throwback to their 1989 award-winning success! The Little Mermaid - An 'Under the Sea' Adventure & Romance Click To Tweet

Photos: Disney

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

All posts

3 Comments

  • […] FILM REVIEW | The Little Mermaid – An ‘Under the Sea’ Adventure & Romance […]

  • […] FILM REVIEW | The Little Mermaid – An ‘Under the Sea’ Adventure & Romance […]

  • […] FILM REVIEW | The Little Mermaid – An ‘Under the Sea’ Adventure & Romance […]

  • Leave a Reply

    (Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

    Bonjour and Welcome!

    Welcome | thank you for visiting and reading. if you like, you are invited to join our conversations and follow along – join us.  You’re most welcome.
    Read more about Finding Wonderland

    ps: please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

    Finding Wonderland Elsewhere!

    Finding Wonderland in your Inbox!

    Subscribe! Have Finding Wonderland's new content sent to your inbox; sign up for our once (or twice) monthly round up of new content. If you'd like to have this newsletter sent to your inbox, you can enter your email address here. Please note, this does require a sign-up confirmation via email, and that email may be sent to a junk or spam folder.

    RSS Feed

    Enter your email address:

    Shop our Etsy Store

    Archives

    Disclosures

    Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive (a small) compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you.

    Rissi JC (RissiWrites.com) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    All written content (unless noted) is © Copyright Rissi JC and Finding Wonderland (RissiWrites.com).

    Categories

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: