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The Little Mermaid is an animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and first released on November 14, 1989 by Walt Disney Pictures. The twenty-eighth animated feature in the List of Disney theatrical animated features, the film is based upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” The film grossed over $111 million in the U.S. and an additional $99 million worldwide, and is given credit for breathing life back into the animated feature film genre after a string of critical and commercial failures beginning in the early 1980s. However, Ariel was criticized severely by women, saying that it wasn’t ideal for Ariel’s only motive to be pursuing a man; nearly all Disney movies are controversal for things such as this, but unlike the others this is the first time the company did something as a result: have their heroines have an interest other than a man. It should be noted, however, that Ariel did have a motive other than being with a man, as she intended to see the human world even before meeting Eric.
A musical stage adaptation of the film with some differences opened on Broadway in 2007 or more early 2008, and closed on August 30, 2009. The musical’s book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and new lyrics by Glenn Slater. The musical had a try-out in Denver in September, then in November moved to Broadway. The musical officially opened on January 10, 2008. The musical will have had 685 performances and 50 previews.