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The Little Mermaid
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FILM: Cinematic in its vision, The Little Mermaid was Disney’s triumphant return to the big screen back in 1989. The last Disney animated film to feature hand-drawn cels and analogue camera work, the film has dated well over the past two decades.
Ariel’s story marked a big jump for Disney at the end of the 1980s because here was a character that contemporary audiences could relate to, and little ones still can – here was a mermaid with a dream who set out to make it come true, rather than waiting for a prince to rescue her.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The best part about this Blu-ray release is the extras, which include several behind-the-scenes features and interviews. The dir- ector’s talk about Howard Ashman’s influence on music in animated films is especially poignant, and his lunchtime lecture is informative.
Contemporary ani- mators’ working on scenes from Frozen while talking about how The Little Mermaid was the first animated film they saw on the big screen is inspiring.
The deleted characters and scenes are cute, and the explanation of how Disney animators had to re-learn the skill of referencing live-action sequences to create the film’s action is intriguing. – Theresa Smith