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The Little Mermaid

G Released Nov 15, 1989 1h 22m Kids & Family Fantasy Animation TRAILER for The Little Mermaid: Trailer 1 List
91% Tomatometer 75 Reviews 88% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings
In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. Read More Read Less
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The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.

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Pauline Kael New Yorker This is a technologically sophisticated cartoon with just about all the simpering old Disney values in place. Sep 12, 2023 Full Review Kathleen Carroll New York Daily News Audiences of all ages are bound to fall in love with this bubbly, thoroughly enchanting fish story. Rated: 4/4 Nov 14, 2015 Full Review Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times The Little Mermaid -- impudent, grandiose, a multilevel crowd-pleaser -- almost returns the Disney animated features to their glory traditions of the '30s and '40s. Nov 15, 2013 Full Review Cory Woodroof For the Win (USA Today) It’s still as spirited and delightful as you’d remember, the film that kicked off the Disney renaissance with aplomb and deliriously catchy musical numbers. May 27, 2023 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies Efficient and charming, this beautiful animated classic was responsible for breathing new life into the studio in the 80s. Rated: 4/4 May 19, 2023 Full Review Carson Timar ButteredPopcorn The film carries all the style of modern Disney while holding on to the tired tropes of Disney's past, truly becoming a clear turning point in the studio and its ideology in how to write characters and stories. Jan 14, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Gieraldyn A esta película lo es todo para mi, gracias a quienes la crearon por hacer de mi vida y día a día un poquito mejor desde que tengo memoria hasta mis hoy 20. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/14/24 Full Review Dale R The beginning of the Disney animated Renaissance and the first “true” Disney animated musical. This movie really does bring back the Disney magic that was lost for quite a while. Epic story, great characters, great animation and wonderful music. This may be an unpopular opinion, but the accompanying music seemed to be all electronic, and that decreased the awesomeness for me. That is truly my only complaint in this movie, go check it out! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/07/24 Full Review Lucas E Esse e uns dos melhores filmes que já assisti. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/03/24 Full Review Lan D My favorite cartoon of all time! This cartoon is beautifully done with an amazing storyline and outstanding music! I love everything about it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/26/24 Full Review Jack N Another great family movie from Disney. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/23/24 Full Review Josues R This is definitely one of, if not THE best Disney film of all time. The Little Mermaid is rightfully credited for saving Disney animation because every artistic scene is better than the last. The way her hair moves, the beautiful songs, and the story-telling. Absolutely adore Ariel and everything about this film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/22/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
Director
Ron Clements, John Musker
Producer
Howard Ashman, John Musker
Screenwriter
Roger Allers, Ron Clements, John Musker
Distributor
BV International Pictures [no], Buena Vista Distribution Co. Inc.
Production Co
Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV
Rating
G
Genre
Kids & Family, Fantasy, Animation
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 15, 1989, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
May 21, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$109.9M
Runtime
1h 22m
Sound Mix
Surround, Stereo, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track
Aspect Ratio
35mm
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