The Little Mermaid (Goodtimes)
The Little Mermaid is a 1992 animated film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It was made by Golden Films and distributed by Goodtimes Entertainment. It is a mockbuster of Disney's adaptation of the same fairytale made in 1989.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Lena, a mermaid princess, is the sea king's daughter who dreams of someday marrying a wonderful human prince. After disobeying her father, Lena visits the sea surface and falls in love with Prince Stefan. Soon after, the ship that sails the Prince Stefan sinks until Lena manages to save his life and bring him to a beach near the school where he studied. Lena comes to the aid of the sea witch Cassandra and exchanges her beautiful voice for legs to walk on land and meet her prince. Cassandra gives Lena what she asks for with the warning that if Lena fails to win the prince's heart, she will become sea foam for the rest of her life. Lena drinks the potion, loses her voice, and goes to the surface. Prince Stefan takes a liking to Lena, as he feels he should show her the same kindness that the person who had saved him from the wreck showed him. Over time, Stefan falls in love with Lena and wants to marry her, but then comes Anna, the princess who earlier found Stephan and his loyal steward Cosgrove on the beach and brought them to the medical care they needed. Stephan agrees to marry Anna, but Anna is in love with Maxwell. Vink, the dolphin pet friend of Lena, intervenes and tells the king of the sea what happened. His intervention fixes things, Anna's father King Malcolm agrees to make Maxwell his son-in-law, and Lena finally marries Stephan.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Lena is never seen recovering her voice; there's confusion as to whether the character remained mute for life or whether it should be assumed that she received her voice back. In the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the little mermaid makes the ultimate sacrifice, death, for the prince she loved, to make this version softerfor younger audiences, the sacrifice might have been simplified to the loss of Lena's voice.
- From the second wave of Golden Films' "animated classics" productions, this is the only one of the seven titles that has the words "The End" written at the end of the film.