The Disney film “The Little Mermaid” is considered a classic of the animated genre, and there are plenty of reasons why.
The movie was the first Disney movie to be released in color and feature real-life animals, including the mermaid Ariel.
And it was the movie that inspired the idea of a toddler’s ability to identify with the sea creatures.
“The idea of this film is a very simple one,” says Linda Lefebvre, the director of research at the National Geographic Society, which promotes exploration of natural and cultural heritage.
“If you watch it, you get this sense of how you can relate to the animals and how they feel about us.”
In fact, Disney’s animators were trying to create a new way of creating the story of a mermaid.
In the film, a merwoman named Ariel meets a young boy named Prince Eric who wants to become a merman, a male member of the sea.
He eventually joins forces with his sea-going brother, the merwoman, and they set out to sail across the ocean to find a magical treasure.
Ariel is initially skeptical about Eric’s plan, but eventually trusts him.
She joins him on his quest and helps him find the treasure.
Disney also uses real animals in “Beauty and the Beast,” which features a sea creature called Belle.
Disney said in an online statement that the animators wanted to use real animals because “in the film Belle and Prince Eric are a young and naive pair of mermaids who must overcome their fears and make the impossible journey to find the magical treasure.”
Disney says the characters in the film have “deeply human qualities and traits,” and Disney says the merfolk are “born to live in the sea.”
The film also has a real-world theme, with mermaid princess Ariel and the merman Eric joining forces with merpeople from around the world.
Disney says it wanted to show the importance of international cooperation in its quest to find its treasure.
“Ariel’s relationship with the merpeople is a love-affair between two human beings,” says Lefegvre.
“It is not something we’re talking about in terms of magic or science.
It’s not a fantasy.
It is a genuine love story.
It really is a wonderful love story.”
Disney’s decision to use actual merpeople to illustrate the story helped to create the idea that “mermaids are part of the world and the sea,” said John Osterman, director of the National Museum of Natural History, who is a Disney fan.
Disney said that Ariel and Eric will eventually become “the merwomen of the seas,” and they’ll help to discover the treasure in the deep.
They’ll then return to their home and explore the island kingdom of Arendelle, which is located in the fictional kingdom of Islay, Scotland.