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I remember sitting in a dim theater and looking at lit up designs on the wall.
It was 1989 and I was about a year old, but I remember. Somehow I have an uncanny memory.
“The Little Mermaid” was the last Disney feature film to be animated with hand painted cells and it was my first movie in a movie theater.
Though “The Little Mermaid” isn’t necessarily a classic film, I was very attached to the movie when I was very young. It introduced me to a love of movies and movie characters.
My sisters tell me I used to roll around in the bath water while my mother would try to bathe me pretending to be a mermaid like Ariel. A Christmas Day home video shows me excitedly playing with a new Ariel Barbie while trying to sing tunes from the film.
I even remember telling my mom that I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up. She said, “You can’t, you have to be born a mermaid.” I found this to be a very puzzling statement.
My parents always took my sisters and me to see the new Disney cartoons but also introduced us to the classic Disney films. Cinderella (1950) was another favorite of mine at a young age.
Several years later in 1997, I saw another film that affected the way I viewed movies. In third grade, I fell in love with the Twentieth Century Fox animated film “Anastasia.”
I was obsessed. I wore a locket like in the film, learned the dances, studied Romanov history and wished I was the lost princess Anastasia Romanov. My mom told me that wouldn’t be possible. But this time I understood what she meant.
The movie interested me in history and the 1920s since the song “Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart” has cameos from Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier.
Again, another movie changed the way I looked at things.
At the age of 14, my dad decided to introduce me to “West Side Story.” I remember it was March and I was on spring break.
“West Side Story” changed the way I looked at film and solidified my love for classic movies. It’s what led me to watch 501 musicals and thousands of other classic films.
But my film love all started with “The Little Mermaid.”
As I sat in the movie theater, not even two years old, my life was change. Movies became important to me at an early age, shaping my interests and world views.
Who would have thought that a disobedient teenage mermaid could be so influential.