October 31, 2012

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, 1989. A mermaid falls in love with a human and makes a deal with a witch.

Written & directed by Ron Clements & John Musker, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Starring Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll & Samuel E. Wright.

Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent). Slow to get started, then over too fast once it gets good.
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent). Some pretty bad songs, but they're usually an effective and integral part of the storytelling.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). There's a strong sense of fun and charm that's sadly rare in Disney films from this era. It's also genuinely scary and intense in places.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.7/4 (Good)

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