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The Little Mermaid

  • 1989
  • G
  • 83min
  • 92%
  • 7.6 / 10

With a deep fascination for the world above the sea, Ariel puts her life in danger to be with a human prince she has fallen in love with.

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The Little Mermaid was initially intended to be a part of a proposed package film featuring the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. The project commenced as soon as the 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs finished. However, it went into development hell due to various circumstances. In 1985, Ron Clements took an interest in The Little Mermaid. At the time, Clements was still working on The Great Mouse Detective with John Musker. The idea came his way when he chanced upon The Little Mermaid in a bookstore. He believed right away that the story sets the bar for an animated feature film. He then wrote a two-page long treatment of the story and pitched it to Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg did not give the green light for its development since Disney was still working on a project that bore a resemblance to The Little Mermaid. He changed his mind the following day. In the same year, Clements and Musker’s two-page grew and developed into a 20-page rough script. But the plans for the movie were put on hiatus as Disney prioritized other projects, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Oliver and Company. In 1988, The Little Mermaid was put next in line to be a major Disney release.


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The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film based on the eponymous Danish fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel, whose only fantasy is to be with a human prince in the mortal world. It was written, directed, and produced by Ron Clements and John Musker, with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who served as a co-producer. It features the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and René Auberjonois.

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