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.