In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.Written by
Many merfolk appear in the film, but Ursula is a lesser-known type of mythological creature known as a cecaelia: human upper body and octopus lower body. See more »
When the crown falls off Triton's head it has eight prongs instead of usual five. See more »
Isn't this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face. Aaah, the perfect day to be at sea!
[leaning over rail]
Oh, yes urp delightful.
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When the film was released on VHS in Norway, these three scenes were cut short: first, part of the shark chase; second, when Eric sees the dynamite, followed by the explosion; and third, when Ursula tries to shoot Ariel off the rock and then tries to kill her. The DVD has these scenes intact, however. See more »
I probably never would have seen this movie if my mother hadn't persuaded me to take my little brother to see it. I enjoyed it a lot the first time, but it was only when I saw it again a couple of years later on video I realised just how superb a movie it is. It's not a clever or complex movie, it's not the kind of film which works on an adult level as well as on a children's one. However, three aspects of it make it truly great:
1: The music. 'Under The Sea' richly deserved its Oscar, but 'Part Of Your World' deserved it even more.
2. The animation. Quite simply, it's absolutely gorgeous. The underwater scenes in particular take your breath away.
3. The Story. How can you resist a love story that touching?
I urge anyone with even a touch of sentimentality about them to set their predjudices aside and see this movie.
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