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Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries someone else, the Little Mermaid will die with a broken heart and dissolve into sea foam upon the waves. After she agrees to the arrangement, the Little Mermaid swims to the surface near the prince's palace and drinks the potion. She is found by the prince, who is mesmerized by her beauty and grace, even though she is mute. Most of all, he likes to see her dance, and she dances for him despite suffering excruciating pain with every step. Soon, the Little Mermaid becomes the prince's favorite companion and accompanies him on many of his outings.
When the prince's parents encourage their son to marry the neighboring princess in an arranged marriage, the prince tells the Little Mermaid he will not because he does not love the princess. He goes on to say he can only love the young woman from the temple, who he believes rescued him.
It turns out that the princess from the neighboring kingdom is the temple girl, as she was sent to the temple for her education. The prince declares his love for her, and the royal wedding is announced at once. The prince and princess celebrate their new marriage on a wedding ship, and the Little Mermaid's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has sacrificed and of all the pain she has endured for the prince. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters rise out of the water and bring her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long, beautiful hair.
If the Little Mermaid kills the prince and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid once more, all of her suffering will end, and she will live out her full life in the ocean with her family. However, the Little Mermaid cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his new bride, and she throws the knife and herself off the ship into the water just as dawn breaks.
Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warm sun and discovers that she has turned into a luminous and ethereal earthbound spirit, a daughter of the air. As the Little Mermaid ascends into the atmosphere, she is greeted by other daughters who tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to obtain an immortal soul. Because of her selflessness, she is given the chance to earn her own soul by doing good deeds to mankind for years and will one day rise up into the Kingdom of God.
The story was republished on 18 December as a part of Fairy Tales. Some scholars consider the last sequence with its happy ending to be an unnatural addition. One of the crucial aspects which any interpretation must confront is the final sequence of the tale, in which the little mermaid, against all odds, is redeemed from immediate damnation and accepted into the spiritual sphere, where the "daughters of the air" reside.
In this, she is apparently promised the "immortal soul", which it has been her main motivation to obtain — along with the prince, of course. This ending has baffled critics because the narrative that precedes it points rather to a tragic conclusion than to a happy one. The working title of the story was "Daughters of the Air",  spirits who as Andersen conceived them can earn souls by doing three hundred years' worth of good deeds. One of Andersen's "daughters of the air" explains to the mermaid that.
On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves. We fly to warm countries, and cool the sultry air that destroys mankind with the pestilence.
We carry the perfume of the flowers to spread health and restoration. After we have striven for three hundred years to all the good in our power, we receive an immortal soul and take part in the happiness of mankind.
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You, poor little mermaid, have tried with your whole heart to do as we are doing; you have suffered and endured and raised yourself to the spirit-world by your good deeds; and now, by striving for three hundred years in the same way, you may obtain an immortal soul.
This conclusion came under criticism from some scholars and reviewers. Travers , author of Mary Poppins and noted folklore commentator, wrote, "This final message is more frightening than any other presented in the tale. Realizing that Ariel truly loves Eric, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human and approves her marriage to Eric. Ariel and Eric marry on a ship and depart. The Little Mermaid was originally planned as part of one of Walt Disney 's earliest feature films, a proposed package film featuring vignettes of Hans Christian Andersen tales.
Katzenberg passed the project over, because at that time the studio was in development on a sequel to their live-action mermaid comedy Splash and felt The Little Mermaid would be too similar a project. While in production in the s, the staff found, by chance, original story and visual development work done by Kay Nielsen for Disney's proposed s Andersen feature.
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That year Clements and Musker expanded the two-page idea into a page rough script, eliminating the role of the mermaid's grandmother and expanding the roles of the Merman King and the sea witch. He proposed changing the minor character Clarence, the English-butler crab, to a Jamaican crab and shifting the music style throughout the film to reflect this. At the same time, Katzenberg, Clements, Musker, and Ashman revised the story format to make Mermaid a musical with a Broadway-style story structure, with the song sequences serving as the tentpoles of the film. In , with Oliver out of the way, Mermaid was slated as the next major Disney release.
More money and resources were dedicated to Mermaid than any other Disney animated film in decades. Keane, however, was assigned as one of the two lead artists on the petite Ariel and oversaw the "Part of Your World" musical number. He jokingly stated that his wife looks exactly like Ariel "without the fins. The design of the villainous Ursula was based upon drag performer Divine. The underwater setting required the most special effects animation for a Disney animated feature since Fantasia in Effects animation supervisor Mark Dindal estimated that over a million bubbles were drawn for this film, in addition to the use of other processes such as airbrushing , backlighting, superimposition, and some computer animation.
The artistic manpower needed for Mermaid required Disney to farm out most of the underwater bubble effects animation in the film to Pacific Rim Productions, a China-based firm with production facilities in Beijing. The multiplane shots were instead photographed at an outside animation camera facility.
The Little Mermaid was the last Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation. Computer-generated imagery was used to create some of the wrecked ships in the final battle, a staircase behind a shot of Ariel in Eric's castle, and the carriage Eric and Ariel are riding in when she bounces it over a ravine. These objects were animated using 3D wireframe models, which were plotted as line art to cels and painted traditionally.
The Little Mermaid was considered by some as "the film that brought Broadway into cartoons". One of the film's most prominent songs, " Part of Your World ", was nearly cut from the film when it seemingly tested poorly with an audience of school children, who became rowdy during the scene.
This caused Jeffrey Katzenberg to feel that the song needed to be cut, an idea that was resisted by Musker, Clements, and Keane. Both Muscker and Clements cited the similar situation of the popular song " Over the Rainbow " nearly being cut from 's The Wizard of Oz when appealing to Katzenberg.
Keane pushed for the song to remain until the film was in a more finalized state. During a second test screening, the scene, now colorized and further developed, tested well with a separate child audience, and the musical number was kept.
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The film was originally released on November 17, , followed by re-release on November 14, After the success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King , Disney announced a 3D re-release of The Little Mermaid scheduled for September 13, ,  but this was cancelled on January 14, , due to the under-performances of other Disney 3D re-releases. In a then atypical and controversial move for a new Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid was released as part of the Walt Disney Classics line of VHS, Laserdisc , Betamax, and Video 8 home video releases in May , six months after the release of the film.
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Following Mermaid 's re-release in theaters, a new VHS version was released in March as part of the Masterpiece Collection and included a bonus music video of Jodi Benson singing "Part of Your World" during the end credits, replacing "Under the Sea" as the end credit song.
The performances combined a screening of The Little Mermaid with live accompaniment by guest musicians, including Sara Bareilles who performed as Ariel , Tituss Burgess , Darren Criss , Rebel Wilson and Norm Lewis who performed as King Triton as a reprisal of his role in the stage adaptation. The four additional songs written for the stage adaptation were also incorporated into the presentation, accompanied by scenes of the film's original concept art. During the third and final performance, Jodi Benson joined the cast in lieu of Bareilles to reprise her original role as Ariel.
The final performance also featured special appearances by Brad Kane the singing voice of the title character of Aladdin and Susan Egan who played Belle in the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast , who sang songs from their respective films, and a duet of A Whole New World. The Little Mermaid Live , on October 3, The special was to feature a presentation of the film intertwined with live performances of its songs by guest musicians, in a similar fashion to the Hollywood Bowl concerts.
The Little Mermaid received largely positive reviews from critics. The site's consensus reads " The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences". Ariel is a fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny. Yet they also wrote that the film is detracted from by the juvenile humor and the human characters' eyes.
While still giving a positive review, they stated that the film "can't compare to the real Disney classics which appealed equally to both kids and adults. Todd Gilchrist of IGN wrote a positive review of the film, stating that the film is "an almost perfect achievement.
He wrote that while there is nothing wrong with the film, it would be difficult for children to identify with Ariel and that the characters seemed bland. Hinson concluded his review saying that the film is "accomplished but uninspiring, The Little Mermaid has enough to please any kid. All that's missing is the magic. In April — almost 20 years after the film's initial release in — Yahoo! Only three other traditionally animated Disney animated films - Aladdin , Beauty and the Beast , and The Lion King , respectively - scored above it in the poll even after the update.
The Little Mermaid , Disney's first animated fairy tale since Sleeping Beauty ,  is an important film in animation history for many reasons.
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Chief among these are its re-establishment of animation as a profitable venture for The Walt Disney Company, as the company's theme parks, television productions, and live-action features had overshadowed the animated output since the s. In addition, Mermaid signaled the re-establishment of the musical film format as a standard for Disney animated films. The majority of Disney's most popular animated films from the s on had been musicals, though by the s and s the role of music had been de-emphasized in the films.
In addition to the box office and critical success of the film itself, the Mermaid soundtrack album earned two awards at the 33rd Grammy Awards in Wright in a memorable scene. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. Controversy arose regarding the artwork for the cover for the Classics VHS cassette when the film was first released on video when close examination of the artwork revealed an oddly shaped structure on the castle, closely resembling a human penis.
The questionable object does not appear on the cover of the second releasing of the movie. The combined incidents led an Arkansas woman to file suit against The Walt Disney Company in , though she dropped the suit two months later.
In May , Deadline Hollywood reported that Disney is in early development for a live-action version of the film. The live musical was supposed to air on October 3, No new date has been set. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.