17 November 2019; “The Little Mermaid” (1989) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From Oscar nominees John Musker and Ron Clements, the acclaimed directors of Disney classics such as “Aladdin” (1992) – which I did a throwback about back in November 25th 2017 – “Hercules” (1997), “Treasure Planet” (2002), “The Princess and the Frog” (2009), and “Moana” (2016), comes this charming animated romantic adventure fantasy musical…

Ariel: “Isn’t it fantastic?”

“The Little Mermaid” released on this day November 17th 1989, making the film 30 years old as of today.

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale of the same name, the plot follows the headstrong 16-year-old mermaid princess Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) who wants to be a human after falling in love and saving the life of a human prince (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes) and thus seeks assistance from a sinister sea witch named Ursula (voiced by Primetime Emmy winner Pat Carroll).

Fun facts; the film is said to have reignited the art and magic of Disney animated motion pictures as well as the fact that it jumpstarted the era known as the Disney Renaissance. It also won 2 Oscars; Best Original Score – Alan Menken and Original Song – “Under the Sea”, and received another Original Song nomination for “Kiss the Girl.”

Some of the film’s highlights include the animation, voice performances especially Benson and Carroll, music score, songs, characters, and its messages to audiences.

If you are looking for something that people of all ages can enjoy, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Recommended to fans of animation, Hans Christian Andersen, and Disney films.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design: Unknown.
Poster illustration by John Alvin.