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Animation Addicts Podcast #31: ‘The Little Mermaid’ – Now with More Product Placement

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It’s the one-year anniversary episode of the podcast! Join Chelsea, Morgan and Mason as they take a walk down memory lane as their discuss the Disney Renaissance and its first classic film, The Little Mermaid.


  • News: fake Frozen postersDreamWorks pushes Mr. Peabody and Sherman release date and massive staff cutsLAIKA’s new feature The Boxtrolls
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Waking Sleeping Beauty and the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999).
  • Morgan gives a brief history on the Disney Renaissance.
  • Favorite movies from the era, the better part of the era (1989-1994), the second half of the era (1995-1999).
  • Would animation be the same if there wasn’t a Disney Renaissance?
  • Main discussion: The Little Mermaid
  • Howard Ashman key to its success, first film to use the CAPS system.
  • The real Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid.
  • First thoughts and recollections: VHS, animation masterpiece, The Little Mermaid pool effect,
  • The beginning: prologue song, the seahorse, the sisters have the best names, the shipwreck and shark, Scuttle, how many mer-kings are there?, Triton’s trident’s powers.
  • Three most iconic moments: the grotto hand reach, singing on the rock, and the hair flip.
  • Where does Eric fall on the Disney Prince hotness scale? Is Eric under appreciated?
  • “Part of Your World”: love the lyrics, clever singing fish.
  • Ariel’s grotto: the Eric statue, Triton’s rage issues, Captain Ahab, Flotsam & Jetsam’s creepy voices.
  • Ursula: she’s a cecaelia, best villains of all time, designed after a drag queen, differences between her powers and Triton’s.
  • Ariel as a human: Is Eric’s castle the best Disney castle?, are they in France?, working girls conversation, similarities to Tangled and Edward Scissorhands.
  • Eric’s flute moment, enter Vanessa, the wedding, Triton polyp.
  • The climax: super fast, all the poor mermaid decision makers return back to society, drunk Triton, the Disney chorus, mermaid-human relations, shameless mockery of the French.
  • The sequels: TV series, song “Harmony”, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the SeaThe Little Mermaid: Ariel’s BeginningThe Little Mermaid Broadway musical.
  • We rate it!
  • Don’t forget the bloopers!

Runtime: 1:49:43, 52.7 MB


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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.