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September 26, 2013

The Three CommentEARS

Episode 9: The Little Mermaid

Welcome back to From Screen to Theme's monthly series: The Three CommentEARS! Your commentators for a journey under the sea are Gamer Tuesday writer Pedro Hernandez, Saturday Matinee writer Albert Gutierrez, and Once Upon A Recap writer Kelvin Cedeno. For this episode, we take a look at 1989's The Little Mermaid, a film that heralded a new age of animation for Disney. Each of us share our memories of this era, in addition to analytical and historical perspectives, as we discuss the production of the film, the inner struggles and outward action of heroine Ariel, literary comparisons to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the model and structure of the film in comparison to previous and future Disney Animated Classics, the film's place within the 1980s teen movie genre, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. Press play on your mp3 as soon as Prince Eric's ship breaks through the mist, as seen in the screen capture below - approximately 43 seconds in. Your commentary should begin just as the music itself enters the crescendo. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Little Mermaid 

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