There's just something about a Disney song.
Since the late 1937 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney Productions has been inviting us to be their guest, showing us the world and teaching us about the circle of life.
Few among us can't hear those words without conjuring up images of dancing teapots, a magic carpet ride, the blessing of a newborn lion cub, feeling that heady mix of nostalgia and comfort for all the music and animation that brought us so much joy, so much entertainment, so much unadulterated magic as children.
There's a reason filmmakers have been successfully turning each cartoon classic into a live-action remake complete with impressive visuals and star-studded casts that bring adults flocking to theaters, eager to relive their youth and pass a little of that enchantment onto their own kids.
Come 2023, for instance, the Mouse House will invite us to be part of Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian's world when Rob Marshall's take on The Little Mermaid hits theaters.
And the highly anticipated adaption—starring the likes of Halle Bailey as Ariel, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula—is sure to remind fans that darling, it's better, down where it's wetter under the sea.
Released on Nov. 17, 1989, The Little Mermaid—based on the 1837 Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen—is largely credited with what is thought of as the Disney Renaissance. Following the success of Ariel and co. (the film raked in $233 million in total lifetime gross worldwide, plus two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song), Disney put out a string of beloved fare, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Pocahontas.
And since we could all use a little nostalgia-laden pick-me-up, we've rounded up some of the most spellbinding details behind each of those treasured hits. Care to take a virtual visit to the happiest place in film? Be our guest.
(Originally published June 15, 2020, at 12 a.m. PT)