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Book Review: Little Mermaid Golden Book devotes too much time shark chase

Disney’s version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” is oddly represented in it’s Golden Book. Six pages of the 20-page book linger on a throw-away shark chase scene, completely devoid of character or plot development. The book ignores Ursula, and Ariel never asks for the ability to walk on land.

The reader is left wondering: who is Prince Eric and who is Ariel? (Not in a metaphysical kind of way.) And did the author only see the first 20 minutes of the movie before writing the book? 

This brings forth a larger question—why did the author of this particular book review choose a life that involves regular repeat viewings of this movie, and repeat readings of the movie’s Golden Book? 

It’s worth noting that the author of this review has also been forced, on occasion, to view the totally unwatchable movie “Little Mermaid 2” with its bizarre managerie of characters (penguin, walrus, crab, anyone?), an Ariel who hasn’t aged but is now a mother to a teenager, and different voiceover actors doing poor impressions of the characters from the original movie.

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