You may question my taste, my sanity, or my age, but truthfully, Disney's The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie. I was 14 when I saw it in the movie theater when it first came out. It was beautiful, magical, heartwarming, cute, funny, and the music! Oh the music! The detail in the animation along with the amazing music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman brought Disney's golden age in animation back with a force! (Sadly, Ashman died a few years later, and while he contributed some to Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, it wasn't whole and complete. Imagine if they were still collaborating today?!)
I have two copies on DVD. The original one that came out years and years ago, and the platinum edition that came out a few years back. You bet I'm waiting for the Blu-Ray to come out! ^_^
So many people criticized the character of Ariel, doing all this for a man, but I look at it more as her being someone that wanted more out of her life, and she did what it took to get there (even though some of her choices may have been questionable, but she had to deal with some consequences, so it wasn't all happy). Anyway, I think from the moment I stepped out of the theater, it had captured my heart. Luckily this theater was in a mall, so after leaving the movie, I went upstairs to the music store and bought the tape of the soundtrack. Yep. The tape! *LOL* Some years later I bought the CD. When watching, I talk along and sing along. I actually do a pretty good imitation of Ariel (and her singing). ^_^
It makes me happy! (AND, I was so wanting to go to the musical version in NY, but they closed it recently. SO, now I'm waiting for the touring company!)
So, there ya go!