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Guilty Pleasures: The Little Mermaid

Theater time again!  For those of you in Michigan, Young People’s Theater is putting on their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid this weekend.  This time we’re hitting the big stage at The Power Center, the premier performing arts venue for miles.  Tickets are available through the Michigan Union box office, http://www.mutotix, or calling 734-763-TKTS.


I’ll be reprising my role as part of the greatest backstage crew ever assembled.  In other words, you won’t see me unless I mess something up.  Buy you will see one of the Pieholes dressed up as a multi-colored, fluorescent seahorse!  She’s always been self-conscious about her dancing ability because, unfortunately, she inherited the German dancing gene from Boom Boom.  This particular role features a lot of dancing on her part and she kills it!  So proud.

I’ve always loved, loved, loved the Disney Princess movies bec-….  I know, that sounds pretty creepy but you gotta remember I have two daughters.  And when they were younger, like every other girl in America, they loved all the Princesses. We owned all the movies, went to Disney on Ice every time it came to town, and had a closet full of princess dresses.  One of them LIVED in her Cinderella dress, even wearing it during a one-night hospital stay.  So Disney Princesses were unavoidable in our household.

What I always loved about the movies was the music, especially the early 1990s films that were scored by Alan Menken.  To me, these were a golden age for Disney; Menken had his hands on Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Little Mermaid.  All of those had terrific songs with memorable, classic, soaring melodies.   Menken, who also wrote Little Shop of Horrors, brought a Broadway sensibility to the movies which was key to their success.

To tell you the truth, Mermaid is probably my least favorite of the Menken Disney films.  But that’s like having a fleet of Ferraris and not liking the blue one.  It’s still a masterpiece.  I think it was just that Flounder annoyed the hell out of me.

Yeah, that’s silly. But you expected rational from me? (

Little Mermaid  Broadway

There are so many terrific songs in the movie like “Fathoms Below,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl.”  But this one is my favorite:

Part of your World.


And, of course, what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t post this one:

Les Poissons


What was your favorite Mermaid song or Princess Movie?

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25 comments on “Guilty Pleasures: The Little Mermaid

  1. the drunken cyclist
    May 31, 2013

    I assume one of the pieholes is a girl?

  2. I listen to Pocahontas’ Colors of the Wind on a regular basis, because you can’t own the earth, man.

  3. the winegetter
    May 31, 2013

    Wait, Germans can’t dance?? I am outraged…:)

    I agree that Menken’s music definitely helped all those Disney movies, which I watched in my teens. Still love the Aladdin music in particular…but nothing beats Little Shop of Horrors!

  4. The Daily Sampler
    May 31, 2013

    Part of Your World is one of my go to karaoke songs….

  5. The Dutchman
    May 31, 2013

    The best Princess movie is Princess Bride. My favorite Disney Princess Movie is Aladin.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      May 31, 2013

      Absolutely on Princess Bride!! I also liked Princess Diaries (1 more than 2). But that’s a whole other level of craziness.

      Of the Disney ones, if have to go with Beauty & The Beast…

  6. blogssb
    May 31, 2013

    I have a whole blog post on what disney has taught us!
    What have we learnt from the Little Mermaid? When scuba diving, you are never far from an ensemble of singing fish. Gingers really do have souls – it’s just that they keep selling them to evil old ladies. And finally, don’t argue with your dad – especially if he has a trident!
    Great post 🙂 I am the same!

  7. ksbeth
    May 31, 2013

    princess jasmine – aladdin )

  8. Laura
    June 1, 2013

    Beauty and the Beast was always my favorite movie, but I think the music in the Little Mermaid is the catchiest…I can’t definitely still sing all those songs, word for word, to this day.

  9. As I finally catch up on reading blogs under the influence of adult beverages (Gin & Tonics) and Indian Food…. I have to say Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind”

  10. PinotNinja
    June 2, 2013

    I will never out grow my love for Sebastian. Apparently, even when I was a kid, I just wanted to be a grumpy French foodie.

  11. Go Jules Go
    June 4, 2013

    Oh man, I wish I could have seen this production. This is definitely my favorite Disney movie, and I was obsessed with “Part of Your World” growing up. I have the piano music and I STILL sing it.

    The Broadway version of “The Little Mermaid” is excellent, but no way it compares to a version with one of the Pieholes.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 5, 2013

      Yeah, it was absolutely magical. Afterwards all these little girls in their Ariel costumes were taking pictures w the cast. Even with my piehole who was just a seahorse ensemble member. Adorbz

  12. seasonedwithsarcasm
    June 5, 2013

    I have a love/hate relationship with The Little Mermaid. My sister was probably 4, and I was 11 when we had our first viewing of it. My gram always purchased us the latest Disney movie and when we received this one, we immediately got to watching it. And then by the time the weekend was over, we had probably watched it 10 times. Over the span of that next year, my sister wore out that damn VHS. I started keeping count and we watched it 80+ times. And I had to watch it each time with her, because Ursula scared her and she would cry during parts near the end. All these years later, and I still cringe a little when I see a fresh round of toys representing this movie. I guess it’s because I found it embarrassing whenever we would all be out to dinner as a family and my sister would pick up her dinglehopper (fork) and start running it through her hair…..

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