The Heartbreaking Story Behind Beauty and the Beast's Opening Song

Alan Menken, the songwriter behind Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast — to name just a few — has given Entertainment Weekly the story behind a number of his most famous songs. Some are pretty basic, some are funny, and some tell of frustrating directors. But the one that is a laser-guided missile right… » 1/23/15 2:00am 1/23/15 2:00am

Honest Trailers Finds That, In Retrospect, The Little Mermaid Is Creepy

While the crew at Screen Junkies hits all the points many, many people have found objectionable over the years, they also found a few new ones. Like: Why are some sea creatures full characters and others beasts of burden? And: "Les Poissons" is actually the scariest song in the movie. » 11/18/14 9:00pm 11/18/14 9:00pm

Which Fantasy Was Too Heavily Sanitized For Mainstream Audiences?

Mention "Disneyfication" and everybody knows what you're talking about. But the phenomenon of sanding all the rough edges off fantasy stories goes way further than cartoons, into every area of pop culture. What's the most horrible case where a fantasy lost all its darkness or complexity, to make it more popular? » 4/08/14 2:17pm 4/08/14 2:17pm

Disney wants you to bring your iPad to The Little Mermaid. NO.

Disney's got a new idea to enhance the viewing experience for its classic movies: Fill the audience with iPads. Can you imagine a hell worse than a movie theater filled with children raising up their super expensive, light-polluting, noise-making, screen-obstructing toys? Hard Pass, Disney. Hard Pass. » 9/12/13 12:31pm 9/12/13 12:31pm

China Is Pretty Much the World's Biggest Little Mermaid Fan

So China — as in, the People’s Republic of — is really into the Little Mermaid, and not that saccharine Disney cartoon we feed our tumescent American children. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is apparently a huge deal in China, so much so that Denmark has been able to establish a strong diplomatic relationship… » 8/25/13 3:50pm 8/25/13 3:50pm

What if The Little Mermaid was about a mermaid who wants to snuggle…

Cats rule their humans in Yasmine Surovec's crazy-eyed webcomic Cat vs. Human, and it seems mermaids are not immune to their aloof charms. In her retelling of The Little Mermaid, a young mermaid wants to pet a cat and seeks the aid of the Sea Witch to become a cat cuddling human. Naturally, it doesn't go well. » 4/07/13 7:30am 4/07/13 7:30am