The Little Mermaid turned 26 yesterday, and it remains as one of my favorite Disney films to watch, mostly for the music. The story itself is cool, but I loved singing along with Ariel and company growing up. Under the Sea is catchy as hell—I dare you not to tap your toe or shimmy a little in your seat while it’s playing.
Since I’d never fallen in love when I was a teenager, it was a bit hard to grasp the concept of falling in love with a guy upon first sight. While I’m sure it happens, it was a bit hard for me to identify with Ariel. She talks back, runs away from home, makes a deal with the devil and spends 3 days with a guy who could very well be Ted Bundy. A very handsome Ted Bundy, but Ted Bundy nonetheless.
Meanwhile, I can’t even go downstairs to the kitchen in my house without someone asking me where I’m going. I’d hardly talked back when I was growing up (mostly because I feared the adults in my life), never ran away from home (it was where all my dolls and books were), was beat over the head about the dangers of the devil (Catholic school man, I tell you) and the first time I’d spent multiple nights with a man, he was my boyfriend, I was 21 and I didn’t trade my voice to get there.
Despite these differences, Mermaid is still an enjoyable movie and I consider it a part of Disney’s Golden Age—along with Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s movies like these that pushed me more into acting and made me want to be a Disney princess one day. I mean it—a dream of mine is to actually voice and sing as a Disney princess. Will it come true? Here’s hoping!
I’ve been so busy lately but I’m going to set aside some time to sit and watch all of these soon. What are some of your favorite Disney movies? If Disney isn’t your thing, what are some animated films you love?