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The little mermaid

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Movie propaganda

All the music, fun and excitement under the sea resurface in this magical, special collector's edition of Disney's 28th animated classic. awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colourful characters and two Academy Awards for score and song, The little mermaid is one of Disney's most cherished films.

Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious sea-witch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend the adorable and chatty Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the hilarious, reggae-singing Caribbean crab at her side, Ariel must win the prince's love and save her father's kingdom - all in a heart-pounding race against time!

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

This is the film that re-invented Disney for the 80s (hence the big hair).

The little mermaid is a stunning film that really wraps you up in the Disney magic. The hero is heroic (if a little stupid - this is the end of the 20th century, after all), the heroine is beautiful and impetuous, the side-kicks are funny and clever. Sebastian also has one of the greatest Disney songs of all time - Under the sea.

But it's not all sweetness and light - Ursula is one of the truly nasty villains in Disney's long history of truly nasty villains (the only one to actually eat another living creature that I can recall), delighting in her own brand of sensual nastiness. Not only that, she's scary!

While the politically correct might have a problem with a thin, beautiful white girl changing her entire existence just so that she can be with the studly, handsome young man who doesn't even recognise her before going off to marry someone else because of what she has rather than who she is, all with the assistance of a devious fat black woman who is the incarnation of evil, well, life's like that.

For me, Under the sea makes up for all of it. This is a great, fun film that everyone from 2 to 200 will enjoy. Buy it! See it!

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Features:
    • Documentary: Unseen footage on the making of the movie
  • Subtitles: English closed captions

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94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: Undated June 2000
VHS rental: Undated June 2000
DVD retail: 4 October 2006 - Box set

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