#272 – THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Having taken me nearly 19 years to watch The Little Mermaid in its entirety, I am more than a little ashamed of myself. I mean, come on, there is no doubting that the film is a classic. To be honest, as a kid I was never really a Disney fan. It’s only now that I’m older that I can really appreciate it – which does seem a bit strange. 

I remember seeing parts of the film when I was younger but I wasn’t really interested in the life of Ariel and her underwater friends. Disgraceful, I know. I have been missing out. If I could go back in time and meet young me I would make sure that I would see the film at least 3 times by the age of 16. 

The story of Ariel, a mermaid, falling in love with a human has changed my life. Okay, so maybe ‘changed my life’ is a bit much but it was pretty brilliant. Sure, once again the princess got the prince but it’s Disney. I’d be upset if she didn’t. It even made me laugh out loud (something that I don’t usually do – haha!). The character of Scuttle often adding the humour. For 82 minutes I was transported to this world of singing fish, dinglehoppers and a sea witch. I could escape the outside world and even dream about joining the ensemble of mermaids.

I think the reason I enjoyed the film so much is because it is nostalgic. It took me back to being a child, a time where I didn’t have anything to worry about other than what clothes my Barbies were going to wear.  In a world where there is so much going on, I appreciated the lighter side of things.

So when it comes down to it, The Little Mermaid is a fun, heartwarming animation. The songs will get you singing and dancing along. Under da seaaaa, under da seaaaaa! It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously but at the same time one that has an audience of many, young and old. It is a film that, like Prince Eric, has captured many hearts – including mine.

2 thoughts on “#272 – THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

  1. I watched this for the first time yesterday, as my baby grandson was visiting, and my wife put it on the TV to distract him. I liked the octopus lady character, but that’s about it. I don’t think Disney ever got better that ‘Dumbo’, Pinocchio’, ‘Fantasia’, and ‘Snow White’. If you didn’t get into these films as a child, maybe you should try them again, now you’re older?
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. That’s a really good suggestion. I do think that I will watch them again and see if I can get into them more this time. There are a few Disney films in Empire’s list so I’m looking forward to seeing whether they appeal to me more now. I’m excited about watching Fantasia – that’s a classic!


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