The Little mermaid is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. I was 9 when it was first released in 1989, so when I first heard it was being re-released on DVD, I was just a bit excited. Just in time for Christmas, the Little Mermaid Diamond Edition is now available on Blu-Ray & DVD as of October 2nd.
It’s been a few years since I’ve watched the Little Mermaid and seeing it from an adult perspective is much different than through the eyes of the 9 year old I once was. I see the overbearing parent and understand his frustration. I see the carefree naive teenager and see my own daughter although she’s only 5. I see the wolf in sheep’s clothing when Ursula becomes the beautiful woman with an amazing voice, and underneath it all is a very terrible inside. I see the smitten man that has fallen for outside beauty and been duped by a witch…. This movie is just like people in real life – except a few of them have fins, and there’s a talking crab and a not so smart seagull – ok maybe that part is true. But you get my point this movie has very real and believable characters, perhaps that’s what makes it so “real”. Minus the magic part and the mermaids.
My daughter was in awe with the movie as well. When it was over, I asked her what her favorite part was and she replied “the wedding”. And then of course asked me about get own wedding day. All questions I couldn’t exactly answer, but I did my best. She also mentioned our time at Art Of Animation when we stayed in the Little Mermaid rooms. I was surprised she remembered everything so well.
The movie does have a few scary moments, Ursula herself is nothing short of being a true devil. The bait has been switched from an apple to a pair of legs in exchange for Ariel’s beautiful voice. Of course young love wins and Ariel finds herself making a deal with the devil. I was surprised my little one wasn’t more frightened, it did give us an opportunity to talk about people with ulterior motives and not to be fooled by outside looks even if others are.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible music! Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Part of your World, Les Poissions… I can hear you all singing each of these as I type them out. Incredibly amazing soundtrack.
Overall a great movie, I’m hoping my own little mermaid didn’t get ideas from Ariel when she makes it her goal in life not to listen to King Triton. And I can learn from King Triton that some children just have a strong will about them and they will be the one teaching the parents, so it’s best just to let it go.
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