Posted September 23, 2018 09:06:57 Disney’s The Little Mermaid was a hit at the box office in 1992 and it remains a favorite for many in the animation community.
Disney has continued to make it available online, but the story is not one that has come easy to Disney.
For Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Eric Newman, it is an honour to have the opportunity to create a movie that he considers one of the most important animated works ever made.
“We really didn’t want to take it out of the world,” Newman said.
“That’s the reason it’s here.”
How it all started For Disney to create The Little Merchant, it was all about the animation and the storytelling.
Newman first got the idea to make the film when he was a student at the University of Melbourne.
He recalled one of his favourite films at the time was The Secret Garden and was particularly inspired by Disney’s Aladdin.
“I was really drawn to it and was just so impressed with the way the story and the characters were developed,” Newman explained.
“There’s a great deal of love and respect for the story in Aladdin and the whole idea of Aladdin as a sort of mythical story.”
The story that Newman’s mind had was that the mermaid was an Egyptian god who was captured by the evil ruler of the land of Oum in the mythological land of Amun.
But when the merfolk were brought to Oum to free him from his bondage, they were all captured by him again, and he killed them all.
“So you get the idea of the kind of situation that we’re in now,” Newman told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The World Tonight.
“But I think that we were just thinking about Aladdin, so I thought it would be interesting to bring back that theme.”
Newman explained that The Little Mermaid was a big part of the original plan for Disney.
The idea was that Disney wanted to bring a story that would resonate with young people, and the merlodrome was a way for the company to try to find that.
Newman and the Disney team wanted to get the story of Aland the merlot into a Disney movie, so they were looking for a story for the film that would have a “feel” to it.
“The story has a sense of humour, so that’s what we wanted to explore,” Newman added.
“It’s also got a great sense of nostalgia, so it would bring back a lot of childhood memories.”
So we really wanted to make something that would be accessible to a lot more people.
“Disney created The Little Merlin in 1993, and Newman and his team decided to make a sequel.
They had a number of ideas that were being worked on, but ultimately decided to stick to the original concept.
Newman described the second film as “a bit of a ‘how did we get here’ sort of story”.
“As we started talking about what it would look like, it just started to feel like a bit of an insurmountable task to get it right.””
They were just wanting a little bit more,” Newman recalled.
“As we started talking about what it would look like, it just started to feel like a bit of an insurmountable task to get it right.”
I was kind of torn between a lot, because there’s so much going on with Aladdin.
That was just too much of a big, heavy responsibility,” Newman recounted. “
That was one of those projects that I think was just sort of, ‘I don’t want that.’
That was just too much of a big, heavy responsibility,” Newman recounted.
“And I’m not going to do that again.”
The second film The LittleMerchant was a lot bigger than the first.
The film was a little bigger than Aladdin in scale, Newman explained, and was much more in line with the other films in the series.
The story of the mer lodrome is similar to the one from the first film, and it was also a lot longer.
Newman said the length of the sequel helped to make up for the shorter film.
“You really need to get all of the story right for that to be good, because you’re just going to end up with a really long film,” Newman observed.
Newman was able to create an animated version of The Little Mercer because of the help from the Disney Story team, and a number other factors.
Newman also had to consider the fact that Disney was still developing Aladdin when he created the first version of his film.
He said he knew the story would not be complete until he was finished with it, and so he did all of his research.
“My whole approach was just, ‘Okay, what would you like to see?’
And I think we got the story down very well,” Newman commented.
“One of the things that we’ve done that really helped with that is that we created a whole set of animated scenes from Aladdin,”