The Little Mermaid: Ariel The Little Mermaid Headlines a Top Disney Movie
|"The Little Mermaid" original movie poster.|
Walt Disney invented feature film animation, and one of his pet projects in the 1930s was an animated feature film featuring Ariel the little mermaid. Just before and then more-so after Walt died, the company turned more in the direction of cute live-action Disney movies for kids such as "The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)." This strategy worked brilliantly for the studio at times ("Mary Poppins" (1964) and "The Love Bug" (1968)), and didn't at other times ("The Black Hole" (1979)).
The inescapable bottom line was that live-action comedies and dramas weren't setting the Disney studio apart from the pack. The popularity of Disney movies suffered as a result. Even shifting Disney movies with more mature themes, such as "Dragonslayer" (1981), didn't help. Only Disney movie animation, done the Disney way, could turn things around. This Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid" (1989), directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, features fan-favorite Ariel the little mermaid, who flaps her flipper hard to help set Disney movies back onto the right track.
|This edition was only available December 2008-January 2009.|
|Ariel's father, King Triton.|
|She must need to get her hair done a lot down there.|
|This pose reminds me of a tuna can for some reason.|
|Ariel the little mermaid, Scuttle and Flounder.|
|The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbor.|
|Buddy Hackett playing a seagull is just weird, but he is very funny.|
|Ariel the Little Mermaid and her friends.|
|Lovely red hair.|
|Now, don't play hard to get!|
|"The Little Mermaid" Diamond Edition.|
The bonus features include:
- Disney Intermission
- Deleted Character
- The Real Little Mermaid: Live-Action Reference Model
- Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland
- Howard’s Lecture
Below is the original film trailer.