Andersen Dōwa - Ningyo Hime

Title:Andersen Dōwa - Ningyo Hime
Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid
アンデルセン童話 にんぎょ姫
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Notables: Animation - Toei
R1 License - Discotek
Marina, the most beautiful mermaid in the royal Merman family, is curious about the human world. One day, she sees a handsome prince on a boat. Suddenly, a storm comes up, throwing him into the sea. Marina saves her handsome prince and swims him to the shore. Marina falls deeply in love and desperately wants to become a human. Despite the hazards, she is willing to risk it all for love.
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66-minute film released on March 21, 1975.
Animated by Toei.
Licensed by Discotek.
An animated adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen children's story.
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Rent 7 7 7 6 7 Ggultra2764 [series:3689#1552]
This adaptation of The Little Mermaid is actually a more closer adaptation of the classic children's story from Hans Christian Andersen, lacking the musical numbers and more happy ending from the more well-known and popular 1989 Disney animated film. As a result, this film is more tragic in exploring the developments of the titular mermaid who desires to become human in claiming the love of a human prince yet has to make major sacrifices from a witch in order to have her desire fulfilled, making the film feel more faithful to its source material than the many liberties taken with it from Disney's adaptation. The animation is rather dated to modern standards, but actually rather decent for the time it was made as characters move about at a decent pace and I couldn't find any noticeable animation shortcuts or errors. Overall, it's a solid film and provided you have no problem with the topless mermaids, this should be okay for families to check out with their children.

Last updated Tuesday, April 30 2019. Created Tuesday, April 30 2019.

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