The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid (1989)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 7, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Audiences of all ages are bound to fall in love with this bubbly, thoroughly enchanting fish story.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...perfectly pleasant and consistently watchable...

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The Little Mermaid -- impudent, grandiose, a multilevel crowd-pleaser -- almost returns the Disney animated features to their glory traditions of the '30s and '40s.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

A feature-length movie with the spirit, if not the splendor, of the Disney classics.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

It's hard not to leave this movie with a glowing feeling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The best film of the studio in more than twenty years and an excellent return to the golden age of fairy tale classics, with wonderful songs, a delightful… More
Alex roy
The Little Mermaid is a good animated film, but compared to many previous Disney features, this film isn't as memorable. Of course this is a good film that… More
JY Skacto
If there is an entertaining tale about a mermaid, Ron Clements and John Musker get it right in <i>The Little Mermaid</i>.<p>The plot details… More
Film Crazy
Flouder was always my favourite disney character in the mermaid movies! A sweet movie that every little girl especially will enjoy! It takes traditional romance… More
KJ Proulx
Definitely not one of the better Disney-animated films out there, feeling a little dull at times, but the heart of the film is always in the right place, making… More
Bethany Murphy
A childhood favourite and a classic!