Little Mermaid – Disneycember

Doug Walker reviews Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.


  1. This is the first time I’ve actually seen this review and had no idea that you even reviewed it but I would like to say Thank you Doug! I adore this film. I grew up watching it as a kid. I love this movie and I’m very glad to see you enjoyed it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this movie. anyone who doesn’t is really missing out on a wonderful story that I think is really very relatable. Yes it does show that Ariel gets what she wants despite causing all that trouble but she went for something she was passionate about and changed a situation she wasn’t happy in. isn’t that what a lot of people wish they could do? Ariel kind of inspires that in the film. yeah she made mistakes but that is what being human is all about. Still I want to say Thank you again for reviewing one of my most favorite Disney Movies. your awesome! 🙂

  2. I loved Ursala’s song from this movie. It was amazing.

  3. Yeah…I have to admit, Ariel kind of makes me dislike this film. I liked it when I was younger, but…now she’s one of my least favorite Disney Princesses (Aurora being the worst). I’m still waiting for Disney to make the quintessential “anti-Disney Princess”. They’ve come closer over the years, but they still haven’t hit it because they’re too chicken about getting accused of being sexist in a negative sense, so they go for sexist in the positive sense instead. I’d basically like a movie where they’d do with the princess sort of what they did with Beast. I’d like it if they were brave enough to actually start with a princess who was negative or repulsive and have them “learn virtue” through the movie rather than just starting and ending with it. But getting off topic…

    Not only does Ariel not really “learn anything”, she basically puts her friends and loved ones through Hell in order so she can have her way at the end. I don’t really see her “repenting” in those two seconds. I see her whining like a spoiled brat. She knew EXACTLY what she was getting into the whole time and she ignored it because she thought she knew better, just like a typical teenager. In some ways, I almost thought the plot with Hans in “Frozen” was purposely taking a stab at this movie to show girls what the more logical result would be. I mean…Triton is supposed to be a curmudgeony old coot in this one for standing in the way of true love, while Elsa was sensible and prudent for doing the same thing?

    But you’re right. Great visuals, great music, a prince who’s last name isn’t Deus Ex Machina, some attempts at relationship building, lots of imagination, and I love the scene with Sebastian and the crazy chef. So…yeah, even if Ariel makes the whole thing reek to me, it’s a very nicely done film.

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