DVD & Blu-ray review: The Little Mermaid Collection (U)

Ron Clements & John Musker Blu-ray (82mins)

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The Independent Culture

Its underwater animation has since been bettered by Finding Nemo, but Disney's 1989 adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's mordant fairytale remains charming. Ariel, a headstrong teenage mermaid, longs to see the world above, particularly after rescuing a dashing prince from drowning. To get her wish, she makes a devilish pact with sea witch Ursula. This energetic cartoon famously relaunched Disney's fortunes: it's a beautifully paced adventure.