One of the more whimsical Disney outings the Little Mermaid is now, after 26 years, firmly concreted as a classic. With signature tunes, such as Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl it still gets my foot tapping.
What is interesting about this particular Disney cartoon, for me at least, is that it is the first Disney animation that I watched as an adult when it first came out. Up to this point, every other outing could be considered a childs movie for a child.
The story itself is harmless enough. Spoiled teenage girl, growing up in a single parent household, with an overbearing protective father who doesn’t want her to grow up. She gains the attention of a man, an much older man incidentally, who seduces her into a whole new world. With the help of a scheming enemy of her fathers, she manipulates her way to get what she wants and is thrown into this new foreign world.
Father not too happy and goes off on one.
Throw in some musical numbers and you have yourself a great family movie about a very dysfunctional family.
Ach … Disney movies shouldn’t be looked beyond the surface. Just let yourself go and be seduced with a fairy tale.
#102 in the series
Saturday, 28th November 2015 (Orlando)