October 1, 2013
Walt Disney Home Video
- Runtime: 83 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Walt Disney's animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale about a mermaid who falls in love with a handsome prince whom she rescues from drowning. Disobeying her father, lord of a great sea kingdom, the mermaid makes a deal with an evil enchantress. In exchange for a pair of legs, the mermaid must sacrifice her exquisite voice to the witch who, unbeknownst to the mermaid, uses it to the beguile the prince into marrying her.
Mermaids are supposed to stay under the sea, but Ariel, a headstrong teenager, longs to be part of the magical world on land. When she falls in love with a human prince, Ariel strikes a bargain with the diabolical Sea Witch to win the prince's love. A beautiful splash of art and music that revived the classic Disney tradition. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Song ("Kiss the Girl"). Academy Awards: Best Song ("Under the Sea"), Best Original Score. ***Returned from moratorium status as of 3/31/98.***
Shot in 70mm; color by Technicolor.
"The Little Mermaid" is the 28th animated feature to carry the Disney name and was originally released in theaters November 17, 1989.
David Dunnet was the layout supervisor and Donald Towns was the backgrounds superior.
Budget estimate $20 million.
Rated BBFC by the British Board of film censors.
The original Hans Christian Anderson story, "Little Mermaid," was published in 1836.
25 special effects artists and animators were used to create the special water effects of the film. Over 400 artists and technicians were used to make the film, overall.
The making of the film produced nearly 150,000 painted cells, 1,100 backgrounds, 1 million drawings (including sketches, pencil animations, and layouts) and 7,000 feet of hand-drawn film, and utilized more than 1,000 different colors.
The 2 1/2 minute storm scene in which the Prince's ship runs aground took 8 weeks to choreograph.
2/3 of the film is set underwater.