Metal Arcade: Jason Bakker writes:
Originally released on November 14th, 1989, The Little Mermaid has since gained legendary status in the pantheon of great Disney animated films. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale (which is much darker than Disney’s take), the film tells the tale of Ariel, daughter of King Triton, lord of the seas. Ariel is a rebellious girl, fascinated by the humans that live on land above her. She collects trinkets from the outside world, and becomes infatuated with a prince named Eric when she saves him from a brutal storm at sea. Against her father’s wishes, and while dragging along her friends Flounder and Sebastian, she seeks out the devilish sea witch Ursula – who promises to give her a human form. The catch? Ursula wants her voice, and Ariel will have three days to make the prince fall in love with her – or else she’ll return to her mermaid form and her soul will belong to the sea witch.