My sister's favourite film as a child (along with 'Splash') so I've seen it a lot of times. The animation is super appealing and the songs are fun, but the characters are all kind of bland, save the irresistible Ursula. Still, it kick-started the Disney revival which would hold up across the '90s. And it is responsible for at least one sublime Simpsons sequence.
Disney's re-imagining of H.C. Andersen ends predictably more happy as we are here treated to one of Disney's sexiest heroines. The colorful underworld sea kingdom is wondrous to behold in a way that it is hard to understand why the heroine decide to leave it for a boring non-singing life on land - even if it is for love.
This has always been a personal favorite, I literally have no memory of not loving this film. Watching it as an adult I love how they make Ariel likable despite her acting like......well a teenager. But I digress, this movie is really more about the Dad, King Triton. Part of Your World is just one of those songs you can't not sing along to.
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.