The Little Mermaid, 1989 - I remember being so excited for this movie coming out. I remember getting a discount coupon to our local theatre to see this movie. My mom and I watched it together at the Metro 4.
I walked out mesmerized.
My family was then subjected to about a year’s worth of me singing Little Mermaid songs in the bathtub for hours.
On a side note, the ’80s really lacked in animated feature films. We did get a second Rescuersmovie, An American Tail, The Secret of Nimnh, The Fox and the Hound and a few others.. but really, nothing super spectaculer. I think that’s why The Little Mermaid was met with such anticipation. It was the first feature length animated film sort of designed by mostly baby boomers, unlike the more old school stuff that came out in the late ’70s.
So, yes, The Little Mermaid was a big deal, especially to a little 7 year old like myself :)