In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel 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 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.Written by
One of the final scenes in the movie where Ursula increases in size to attack Ariel and Eric was influenced by the movie Die Hard (1988). According to the DVD commentary with directors John Musker and Ron Clements, Jeffery Katzenberg, who was the chairman of Disney at the time, had just seen the movie in the theatre, and when he walked in the studio as they were working on the aforementioned scene, he told them "Guys, I want more Die Hard". See more »
When the animals are sabotaging Eric's wedding to Vanessa, Scuttle tries to pull her seashell necklace away from her. The significance of the necklace should not be evident to him, as he wasn't there to see Ursula seal Ariel's voice inside it. See more »
Isn't this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face. Aaah, the perfect day to be at sea!
[leaning over rail]
Oh, yes urp delightful.
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1998 USA VHS release has credits barn-doored with a music video making most of the credits impossible to read and giving the general impression of a TV showing of the film. See more »
I probably never would have seen this movie if my mother hadn't persuaded me to take my little brother to see it. I enjoyed it a lot the first time, but it was only when I saw it again a couple of years later on video I realised just how superb a movie it is. It's not a clever or complex movie, it's not the kind of film which works on an adult level as well as on a children's one. However, three aspects of it make it truly great:
1: The music. 'Under The Sea' richly deserved its Oscar, but 'Part Of Your World' deserved it even more.
2. The animation. Quite simply, it's absolutely gorgeous. The underwater scenes in particular take your breath away.
3. The Story. How can you resist a love story that touching?
I urge anyone with even a touch of sentimentality about them to set their predjudices aside and see this movie.
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