Aside from putting Disney animated features back on the map and launching the period known as Disney Renaissance, how does it hold up? Pretty damn well. Everything does look better under the sea. The animation is fluid and a definite improvement from previous Disney films, the songs memorable, catchy and fun, and the characters (except for Ariel herself, who at her core is just a bratty ditz) amusing and likable.
Essential Disney. The film that began a new golden age of animation from Disney was this rich retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story well adapted by John Musker and Ron Clements with an exemplary song score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.Voice casting was also exceptional especially Jodi Benson in the title role as was Pat Carroll as the sea witch.The last Disney full length to use hand painted cells; sad.
The visuals are good, but not as great as Hunchback or Beauty and the Beast, the songs are good but not as good as (again) Hunchback or Aladdin, the story is kinda of meh and the main character can be annoyingly supid at times. It's an overall enjoyable movie with a really good climax, but among the movie of the Disney's Renaissance is probably my least favorite.
I felt bad. It's been a long time watching this since childhood and I spent the whole 80 minutes trolling the double meanings I heard. Sebastian: "Aw, somebody's gotta nail that girl's fins to the floor." Me: "LOLOLOLOLOL XDDD" I noticed it took them 3 days to kiss and 4 to get married. Also, Ariel is the youngest child and still got married before all her other sisters. Nice.