The Little Mermaid
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Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm's reputation as the world's premiere animated-feature factory. The title character is a precocious teenager named Ariel, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Against her dad's wishes, Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, a handsome human. Foolishly, the little mermaid enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order to become human herself. The wistfully melancholy ending of the original Hans Christian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"The Little Mermaid -- impudent, grandiose, a multilevel crowd-pleaser -- almost returns the Disney animated features to their glory traditions of the '30s and '40s."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"In adapting this animated film from Hans Christian Andersen's sad and beautiful fairy tale, writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements came up with a bright and perky movie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"...perfectly pleasant and consistently watchable..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"From the opening frames of the this underwater fantasy, you`ll agree that the magic is back at Disney. Perhaps it never left."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"One of the liveliest and most enjoyable animated flicks to escape the House Of Mouse."
‑ , Total Film
"It may not be a transcendent masterpiece of the Disney canon, but The Little Mermaid is still very heartening: It suggests the Disney magic isn`t lost after all."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"You could wish upon a star and not conjure up a more joyous animated movie than this graceful retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A feature-length movie with the spirit, if not the splendor, of the Disney classics."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"This remains an enduring delight."
‑ Kilmeny Fane-Saunders, Radio Times
"Everything is just right in this cheerful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale ... In addition to reviving the animated art form, The Little Mermaid also brought melody back to the movies."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The latest Disney offering looks back to the studio's unrivaled heritage. It has the look of classic animation. More important, it has the skill required to make it work."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Within the apparently necessary aesthetic and ideological limitations (such as making the hero and heroine Americans surrounded by foreign servants a la Pinocchio), the animation manages to be fairly energetic."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's hard not to leave this movie with a glowing feeling."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"The animators deliver where it counts, in the expressions of Ariel and Prince Eric, whose love-at-first-sight is sweet but not saccharine."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"It's all in the details, and Disney really ramped up the animation and backgrounds to create an undersea world that was nothing short of spectacular."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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