Howard Ashman

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Howard Ashman

Starring:

Levi Stubbs

Rick Moranis

Ellen Greene

Vincent Gardenia

Tichina Arnold

Michelle Weeks

Tisha Campbell

Steve Martin

Bill Murray

Blurb:

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Thoughts:

Technically I should do a review of Little Shop of Horrors because I don’t own it, however, it’s such a classic that I don’t feel the need.

Seymour and Audrey have serious self-worth issues. They don’t believe they deserve anything more than the worst. Since they aren’t homeless and have jobs, no matter how horrible, they feel like they shouldn’t ask for more. Until one day, an alien plant comes into their lives and begins to give Seymour everything he wanted.

Seymour can not handle what Audrey II wants from him. He has absolutely no forethought and once Audrey II started drinking blood he should have known where things were going. The fact that he didn’t take a step back and reevaluate when Audrey II started asking for people says a lot about him. He’s a follower, not a leader, and didn’t have the will to question.

Poor Audrey I, I feel for her. After her songs and seeing her boyfriend, you can’t help but want her to have a happy ending. Even though Steve Martin’s parts were some of the best in the movie, you definitely don’t want him anywhere near her.

My favorite part had to be the final battle and the last song. I can relate more to Audrey II than the others, even though I sometimes struggle with my own self-worth. I loved hearing it go on it’s villain rant. I’m also glad the film ended the way it did. I would have not have liked the movie if it ended how the writers originally intended. Test audiences did us a solid there.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Director:

Ron Clements

John Musker

Writers:

John Musker

Ron Clements

Howard Ashman

Gerrit Graham

Sam Graham

Chris Hubbell

Starring:

Christopher Daniel Barnes

Jodi Benson

Pat Carrol

Paddi Edwards

Buddy Hackett

Jason Marin

Kenneth Mars

Samuel E. Wright

Blurb:

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love.

Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is peak Disney 2D animation, but The Little Mermaid is when things started to take off. 2D animation done well is a pleasure to watch. The songs in The Little Mermaid are also some of the best Disney has done. The story is the biggest point against the film.

Ariel is sixteen when all of this is going on, and that’s a bit young for me. You could argue that things were different back then or that she’s a mermaid. We don’t know their lifespan, but I don’t accept those excuses. The movie was made for kids, human 1980s kids, so she should have at the least been eighteen. It wouldn’t have aged her out of a kids viewing interest. It’s just a throwaway line, after all. It was a simple thing, and they erred on the side of creepy.

Watching The Little Mermaid post #MeToo also brings up a whole consent argument. Ariel wasn’t able to speak, and yet Eric was supposed to kiss her. However, I have no issue with it. Ariel is very clearly indicating with her body language that she’s receptive to a kiss. Eric never forces himself on her, quite the opposite. So I don’t think there was a consent issue. Just the whole sixteen thing cause how old is Eric?