‘Waking Sleeping Beauty.’

Entertainment Weekly’s March 5th issue (the 20th Anniversary Issue with Johnny Depp) featured an article that made me smile and remember the golden age of Disney.

“The Year Animation was Reborn: When UP wins an Oscar on March 7 – and it will – someone should thank The Little Mermaid (a 1990 Oscar contender). Once upon a time, it gave animated movies their voices back.” By John Young.

The film about a little mermaid – who dreamed about living up “there” – up where they danced, up where they walked, up where they stayed all day in the sun, wondering free, wishing she could be, part of their world..

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 – I was only 2 years old at the time. However once it was released on VHS – I watched it almost every day. Remembering the lyrics, words – everything. Dressing up as Ariel for Halloween (complete with the red hair and fins), pretending to be Ariel when I was swimming in the pool, adorning my room with The Little Mermaid merchandise, walking into the Disney Store and marveling at the dolls and toys.

So it was this article that made me happy and grateful that I was part of that golden age of Disney, when after the release of The Little Mermaid, animation changed – and it was for the better.

“…[The Little Mermaid] launched what became known as the Disney Renaissance, an era of hits including Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994). But Disney’s mermaid love story did more than change the studio’s fortunes; it changed animation, making the medium something adults could relate to, and inspired other studios, too.” – John Young

I grew up with those movies, and I wish we could go back to those days of animation. Yet, with the release of The Princess and the Frog in 2009, I know all isn’t lost.

So with that, I’m excited about the new documentary about the Disney’s animation department between the years of 1984-1994: Waking Sleeping Beauty. The documentary is set to be released on March 26th.

Here’s to that little mermaid, who helped Disney get their legs,


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