Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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Nostalgia trip

We just watched The Little Mermaid for the first time in at least five years. The fact that I can remember going to the theater to see a movie that came out over fifteen years ago makes me feel old...

But anyway, I forgot how much I like it. It was really interesting watching it this time, because all the lines I learned phonetically when I was a kid because I thought they were funny because they didn't make any sense suddenly made sense. Like when Scuttle calls Sebastian a silly sidewalker. It's like, "Ooooohhhh, 'cause he's a crab! I get it!" I still can't make out Eric's line about the Princess of... something with glower in it. I seem to remember reading the line in one of the many Little Mermaid books that came out with the movie, but that was a long time ago.

It's also been a really long time since I heard the soundtrack, so I was really happy to listen to the music. I think the whole opening sequence is beautifully done, with the way the music and the animation and everything are all tied together. When we took a films class at BYU, I remember reading in the textbook's chapter about music and how when the music matched what was going on in the movie, like the mood or something (this was four years ago; I don't remember exactly) it's called Mickey Mousing. It almost seemed like the book was trying to say that it's kind of an amateur way to use music, because almost every time I hear people "in the biz" talk about Disney, it seems to be derogatory. That makes me sad, because even now, I watch Disney movies and am constantly amazed by all the thought and hard work that went into them, even the ones I don't like very much.

Eheh... Coming back from my tangent, I think it's just really cool the way the music... I actually really don't have much of an idea how to explain why I think the opening is so cool. Just watch it. It's awesome.

I think the characters are really interesting. Just the way they're animated, and a lot of lines that were put in to allude to what's going on in the characters' heads. A lot of stuff happens in The Little Mermaid, so it must have been really hard for the story team to portray the characters' personalities. Watching it, I feel like they spent a lot of time developing the characters, but because they didn't have time we don't get to see all the development.

I think it would be awesome to see a prequel about how Triton took the kingdom away from Ursula, which may or may not include the painful story about how his best friend was killed and eaten by humans. Okay, so I made that last bit up, but you know something like that happened.

It would also be cool to see more about Eric. Just watching him on the balcony playing his flute, angsting over his inability to find that girl. So maybe he has a one-track mind, but I can relate.

That's the problem I have with a lot of the Disney Princess movies. I want to see more of the prince's point of view. Last time I saw Snow White, I started plotting this elaborate story that expanded on the whole thing, telling about the Prince's quest to find her, and going more into the dynamics of Grumpy's feelings toward Snow White. It would have been awesome.
Tags: disney pride, rambling, the little mermaid
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