Episode 82 – The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a film that is synonymous with the golden age of animated Disney films. It is widely considered to be an animated masterpiece from the minds of Ron Clements and John Musker and the launching point of their now long and illustrious working partnership. But unless you have children, The Little Mermaid is a film most of us haven’t seen in decades. That’s where we come in. We all know this movie is supposed to be good, but the real question is HOW good? Tune in and find out!
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. Written, produced, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman(who also served as a co-producer), the film features the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and René Auberjonois.
The 28th Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid was released to theaters on November 17, 1989 to largely positive reviews, garnering $84 million at the domestic box office during its initial release, and $211 million in total lifetime gross worldwide. After the success of the 1988 Disney/Amblin film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid is given credit for breathing life back into the art of Disney animated feature films after a string of critical or commercial failures produced by Disney that dated back to the early 1970s. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.
Disney, Ron Clements, John Musker, The Princess and the Frog, Moana, Hans Christian Andersen, Howard Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menken, Aladdin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Splash, Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniels Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, Ben Wright, Thumbelina, Spider-Man, Paddi Edwards, René Auberjonois, Frank Welker
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz0H4UHd2J4
Disney Wikia: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid
Little Mermaid’s Island Pilot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imem8pXhOyg