The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated musical fantasy film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. It is the 28th entry in the Disney canon and it is undoubtedly one of the very best Disney films of all time. It is one of the most well crafted and most entertaining of any Disney film. The beginning with that music instantly reminding you that you are about to witness something special. The choice to not feature Ariel in its first scene as that led to a great development of other characters. The relationship between Ariel and King Triton is wonderfully established in the first act and the romance between her and Eric developed quite smoothly in a very satisfying sequence in which she saves him from drowning. That whole prolonged sequence is absolutely fantastic.
Next we have that famous scene in which Ursula gives Ariel her legs. This is probably a great sequence in the entire movie for many great reasons – it is perfectly executed from beginning to end, the visuals are gorgeous, the imagery and the overall tone of the sequence is suitably dark and Ursula is just fantastic.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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