The Three CommentEARS Episode 9: The Little Mermaid


For the past 25 years, one film proved it’s better down where it’s wetter and ushered in an era now referred to as the Disney Renaissance: 1989’s The Little Mermaid. In honor of its silver anniversary, we revisit this commentary originally recorded September 2013 in tandem with the Diamond Edition release. Your commentators for this journey under the sea are Pedro Hernandez, Albert Gutierrez, and Kelvin Cedeño. 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, its 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 indicated by the image 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 Screencap


You can also right-click here and select “Save As” to download our mp3 of this commentary for portable listening. When you’re done, tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or e-mail the CommentEARS by sending your thoughts to


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