Countless people have grown up with fairy tales and, whether we like it or not, the Walt Disney Company is a leading source for those stories. Though by the time fairy tale films are released by Disney, they bare little resemblance to the original works of authors such as The Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and (as is the case with The Little Mermaid) Hans Christian Andersen that inspired them, you can’t deny that they know how to make a movie. The Little Mermaid is no exception, so here is this week’s Sea-Witchin’ Bio… (I really tried something there and I do not think it worked.)
Happy 29th birthday to my amazing mermaid Ariel?♀️I thank God for this incredible movie & for the gift to play this character for all of these many years. Ariel, you have changed my life forever in so many beautiful ways. Thank you to my brilliant Disney Family, Ron Clements, John Musker @howardashman @alanmenken @dreamworkskg & all our production team. Thank you to all of our loving fans. It is an honor and a blessing to be “Part of Your World”…
Release Date: November 13, 1989
Synopsis: Mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson), a teenage princess and daughter of King Triton (Kenneth Mars) wishes to be human. Infatuated with Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes), whom she rescued from a shipwreck, Ariel makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll), trading her voice for three days on land. During the three days, and without the voice that is the only thing Eric knows about her, she must have a true love’s kiss or revert to her mermaid form and become Ursula’s slave. Ursula plans for Ariel’s failure, but with the help of her friends, the “little mermaid” may just get her way.
Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Three. Jodi Benson is in another Disney movie—Enchanted (2007), which stars Amy Adams. Amy Adams is in Doubt (2008) with Meryl Streep, who stars in The River Wild (1994) with Bacon.
Come For: The movie that is remarked as the beginning of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Stay For: The chance to face your own anger at anyone who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid, as well as the fun that comes from trying to analyze and justify Ariel’s choices. Plus, (the man, the myth, the legend) Alan Menken’s Oscar-winning score and Original Song, “Under the Sea.”
Had I Seen It? In typical American girlhood fashion, absolutely!
Do I Like It? Yes. The movie is beautiful, and I’ll take a “Part of Your World” sing-along any day, but I still get angry when people/mermaids fall in love with people they haven’t even truly met! The Little Mermaid is not my absolute favorite Disney film, but I do believe it deserves the praise it gets.