I was only 5 when I saw this film during its theatrical release. When my sister bought the tape 13 years ago, it instantly became our favorite Disney film ever. "The Little Mermaid" was four years in the making, with great talents working on the animation, the music, the characters and the story. Everything went perfectly and you see it in the final product. From the moment you see the seagulls flying in the sky, you are captivated by the stunningly beautiful animation and the haunting score. The film is filled with great songs, some of them sentimental ("Part Of Your World"), some of them slick and witty ("Under The Sea") and some are just playing silly ("Les Poissons"). The two storms at sea are my favorite parts in the film. They were handled very professionally and give a real sense of chaos and destruction. Ariel, the heroine, is my favorite Disney character (along with Belle) and Sebastian is arguably the most appealing supporting character in a Disney film. All these easily made "The Little Mermaid" the grand success it was and my favorite Disney film ever.