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031 The Little Mermaid - Now with More Product Placement!

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It's the one-year anniversary episode of the podcast! Join Chelsea, Morgan and Mason as they take a walk down memory lane as their discuss the Disney Renaissance and its first classic film, The Little Mermaid.Highlights:■ News: fake Frozen posters, DreamWorks pushes Mr. Peabody and Sherman release date and massive staff cuts, LAIKA’s new feature The Boxtrolls■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Waking Sleeping Beauty and the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999).■ Morgan gives a brief history on the Disney Renaissance.■ Favorite movies from the era, the better part of the era (1989-1994), the second half of the era (1995-1999).■ Would animation be the same if there wasn’t a Disney Renaissance?■ Main discussion: The Little Mermaid■ Howard Ashman key to its success, first film to use the CAPS system.■ The real Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid.■ First thoughts and recollections: VHS, animation masterpiece, The Little Mermaid pool effect,■ The beginning: prologue song, the seahorse, the sisters have the best names, the shipwreck and shark, Scuttle, how many mer-kings are there?, Triton’s trident’s powers.■ Three most iconic moments: the grotto hand reach, singing on the rock, and the hair flip.■ Where does Eric fall on the Disney Prince hotness scale? Is Eric under appreciated?■ "Part of Your World": love the lyrics, clever singing fish.■ Ariel’s grotto: the Eric statue, Triton’s rage issues, Captain Ahab, Flotsam & Jetsam’s creepy voices.■ Ursula: she's a cecaelia, best villains of all time, designed after a drag queen, differences between her powers and Triton’s.■ Ariel as a human: Is Eric’s castle the best Disney castle?, are they in France?, working girls conversation, similarities to Tangled and Edward Scissorhands.■ Eric’s flute moment, enter Vanessa, the wedding, Triton polyp.■ The climax: super fast, all the poor mermaid decision makers return back to society, drunk Triton, the Disney chorus, mermaid-human relations, shameless mockery of the French.■ The sequels: TV series, song “Harmony”, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid Broadway musical.■ We rate it!■ Don’t forget the bloopers!Runtime: 1:49:43, 52.7 MBWhere to Find Us:■ Find us on the web:, twitter, facebook, YouTube, tumblr, hypable & Animated Views■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life Blog, Twitter■ Chelsea Robson: Facebook, Twitter■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram■ Visit our sponsors: Netflix, Audible, Amazon■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at■ Send us a voicemail at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit