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note_NN
:_:
some_DT
may_MD
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portions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
following_JJ
text_NN
to_IN
be_BE
spoilers_FW
._.
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
startling_JJ
to_TO
consider_VB
that_DT
it_PP
was_BEDZ
only_RB
a_DT
few_DT
years_NNS
ago_RB
that_CS
film_NN
distributors_NNS
would_MD
worriedly_RB
rearrange_VB
their_PP$
summer_NN
release_NN
schedules_NNS
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
give_VB
the_DT
annual_JJ
disney_NP
animated_JJ
feature_NN
juggernaut_NP
a_DT
wide_JJ
berth_NN
._.
the_DT
lion_NN
king_NN
had_HVD
just_RB
cracked_VBN
$_???
300_CD
million_NN
domestic_JJ
in_IN
gross_JJ
to_IN
become_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
profitable_JJ
ventures_NNS
in_IN
film_NN
history_NN
,_,
continuing_JJ
to_IN
build_NN
on_IN
a_DT
sturdy_JJ
base_NN
left_VBD
by_IN
prior_JJ
flicks_VBZ
aladdin_NP
and_CC
beauty_NN
and_CC
the_DT
beast_NN
._.
since_CS
then_RB
,_,
though_CS
,_,
disney_NP
's_POS
animated_JJ
features_NNS
have_HV
shown_VBN
an_DT
unbroken_JJ
string_NN
of_IN
diminishing_JJ
returns_NNS
,_,
with_IN
pocahontas_NNS
,_,
the_DT
hunchback_NN
of_IN
notre_NP
dame_NP
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
year_NN
's_POS
hercules_NP
successively_RB
proving_VBG
less_DT
and_CC
less_RBR
potent_JJ
._.
with_IN
the_DT
once_RB
seemingly-impregnable_JJ
disney_NP
stranglehold_NN
on_IN
the_DT
market_NN
share_NN
suddenly_RB
looking_VBG
mighty_JJ
vulnerable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
faced_VBN
with_IN
their_PP$
first_OD
serious_JJ
competition_NN
in_IN
the_DT
animated_JJ
film_NN
market_NN
from_IN
fox_NN
's_POS
anastasia_NP
,_,
disney_NP
has_HVZ
brought_VBN
xmas_???
home_NN
early_JJ
by_IN
dusting_VBG
off_RP
the_DT
feature_NN
which_WDT
sparked_VBD
the_DT
modern_JJ
revival_NN
of_IN
feature_NN
animation_NN
,_,
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
animation_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
as_CS
is_BEZ
typically_RB
the_DT
case_NN
for_IN
disney_NP
films_NNS
,_,
unquestionably_RB
top-notch_VB
,_,
the_DT
magic_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
its_PP$
animation_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
innocence_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
story_NN
and_CC
its_PP$
rousingly_RB
superb_JJ
music_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
storyline_JJ
is_BEZ
fairly_RB
straightforward_JJ
--_???
young_JJ
teen_NN
falls_VBZ
for_IN
handsome_JJ
man_NN
,_,
father_NN
disapproves_VBZ
and_CC
assigns_VBZ
hapless_NN
chaperone_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
,_,
teen_NN
disobeys_NNS
father_NN
and_CC
goes_VBZ
to_TO
desperate_JJ
lengths_NNS
to_IN
win_NN
her_PP
man_NN
--_???
except_CS
in_CD
this_DT
case_NN
,_,
the_DT
chaperone_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
crab_NN
,_,
the_DT
teen_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
young_JJ
mermaid_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
object_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
desire_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
human_JJ
prince_NN
._.
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
so_RB
affecting_VBG
and_CC
so_RB
emotionally_RB
resonant_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
richness_NN
and_CC
charm_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
characters_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
sheer_JJ
clarity_NN
and_CC
honest_JJ
simplicity_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
emotions_NNS
._.
from_IN
the_DT
moment_NN
mermaid_NN
ariel_NP
lays_VBZ
her_PP$
eyes_NNS
on_IN
prince_NN
eric_NP
,_,
she_PP
's_BEZ
resolutely_RB
smitten_VBN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
such_DT
a_DT
pure_JJ
and_CC
endearing_JJ
character_NN
that_CS
one_CD
can't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
invest_VB
their_PP$
heart_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
._.
this_DT
simple_JJ
but_CC
touching_JJ
love_NN
story_NN
,_,
coupled_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
healthy_JJ
dose_NN
of_IN
smart_JJ
humour_NN
,_,
makes_VBZ
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
a_DT
remarkably_RB
captivating_JJ
picture_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
interesting_JJ
things_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
which_WDT
now_RB
curiously_RB
dates_VBZ
it_PP
:_:
the_DT
voices_NNS
cast_VBN
for_IN
its_PP$
motley_JJ
crew_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
._.
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
produced_VBN
just_RB
before_IN
the_DT
distracting_VBG
concept_NN
of_IN
using_VBG
celebrity_NN
voices_NNS
became_VBD
in_IN
vogue_NN
,_,
which_WDT
started_VBD
to_IN
a_DT
certain_JJ
degree_NN
with_IN
beauty_NN
and_CC
the_DT
beast_NN
and_CC
was_BEDZ
irrevocably_RB
exacerbated_VBN
by_IN
robin_NP
williams_NP
'_"
much-heralded_VBD
turn_NN
in_IN
aladdin_NP
;_;
by_IN
the_DT
release_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lion_NN
king_NN
and_CC
henceforth_RB
,_,
the_DT
majority_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
animated_JJ
films_NNS
were_BED
voiced_VBN
by_IN
celebrities_NNS
._.
while_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
understandable_JJ
that_CS
animated_JJ
features_NNS
lacking_VBG
the_DT
name-recognition_NN
or_CC
drawing_NN
power_NN
of_IN
disney_NP
(_(
say_VB
,_,
balto_NN
's_POS
use_NN
of_IN
kevin_NP
bacon_NP
and_CC
bridget_NP
fonda_NN
,_,
or_CC
even_RB
anastasia_NP
's_POS
showcasing_NN
of_IN
meg_NP
ryan_NP
and_CC
john_NP
cusack_NN
)_)
would_MD
be_BE
forced_VBN
to_IN
turn_NN
to_IN
this_DT
strategy_NN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
hype_NN
their_PP$
products_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
unfortunate_JJ
that_CS
even_RB
disney_NP
has_HVZ
embraced_VBN
this_DT
policy_NN
._.
do_DO
we_PP
really_RB
need_VB
to_IN
hear_VB
,_,
say_VB
,_,
demi_NP
moore_NP
as_IN
esmerelda_NP
in_IN
the_DT
hunchback_NN
of_IN
notre_NP
dame_NP
?_?
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
entertainment_NN
value_NN
really_RB
augmented_VBN
by_IN
hearing_NN
a_DT
recognizable_JJ
voice_NN
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
a_DT
voice_NN
which_WDT
best_RBS
suits_VBZ
the_DT
role_NN
?_?
(_)
i'm_???
not_XNOT
exactly_RB
on_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
my_PP$
seat_NN
for_IN
eddie_NP
murphy_NP
in_IN
the_DT
upcoming_NN
mulan_NP
._.
)_)
fortunately_RB
,_,
the_DT
performers_NNS
who_WP
voice_NN
the_DT
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
,_,
although_CS
perhaps_RB
more_DT
obscure_JJ
,_,
are_BER
impeccably_RB
cast_VBN
._.
chief_JJ
among_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
jodi_???
benson_NP
,_,
a_DT
1992_CD
tony_NP
nominee_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
stage_NN
work_NN
in_IN
crazy_JJ
for_IN
you_PP
,_,
who_WP
voices_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
heroine_NN
ariel_NP
to_IN
perfection_NN
;_;
with_IN
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
expressive_JJ
speaking_VBG
voice_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
youthful_JJ
vigor_NP
,_,
and_CC
gorgeous_JJ
singing_NN
voice_NN
,_,
ms_NN
._.
benson_NP
provides_VBZ
a_DT
most_DT
engaging_JJ
anchor_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
(_)
she_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
reason_NN
i'd_???
even_RB
consider_VB
catching_VBG
flubber_NN
._.
)_)
similarly_RB
,_,
samuel_NP
e_NN
._.
wright_NP
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
showy_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
sebastian_JJ
,_,
the_DT
weary_JJ
guardian_NN
crab_NN
._.
he_PP
easily_RB
milks_NNS
his_PP$
lovable_JJ
character_NN
's_POS
comic_NN
moments_NNS
for_IN
all_PDT
they're_???
worth_IN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
rendering_NN
of_IN
two_CD
of_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
's_POS
big_JJ
tunes_NNS
--_???
"_"
under_IN
the_DT
sea_NN
"_"
and_CC
"_"
kiss_NN
the_DT
girl_NN
"_"
--_???
have_HV
become_VB
the_DT
stuff_NN
of_IN
legend_NN
._.
pat_NP
carrol_NN
is_BEZ
deliciously_RB
villainous_JJ
and_CC
vampy_???
as_IN
the_DT
evil_JJ
sea-witch_NN
ursula_NP
,_,
while_CS
kenneth_NP
mars_NP
'_"
booming_VBG
voice_NN
conveys_VBZ
the_DT
stern_JJ
yet_RB
affectionate_JJ
authority_NN
of_IN
ariel_NP
's_POS
father_NN
,_,
king_NN
triton_NP
._.
in_IN
large_JJ
roles_NNS
and_CC
small_JJ
(_(
edie_???
mcclurg_NP
as_CS
dotting_VBG
busybody_NN
carlotta_NP
is_BEZ
ideal_JJ
,_,
and_CC
rene_NP
auberjonois_NP
has_HVZ
great_JJ
fun_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
exuberant_JJ
french_JJ
chef_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
is_BEZ
impeccably_RB
cast_VBN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
will_MD
probably_RB
be_BE
best_JJS
remembered_VBD
for_IN
its_PP$
remarkable_JJ
collection_NN
of_IN
songs_NNS
composed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
songwriting_NN
team_NN
of_IN
alan_NP
menken_JJ
(_(
music_NN
)_)
and_CC
howard_NP
ashman_NN
(_(
lyrics_NNS
)_)
,_,
who_WP
had_HVD
created_VBN
little_DT
shop_NN
of_IN
horrors_NNS
and_CC
would_MD
go_VB
on_IN
to_IN
compose_VB
beauty_NN
and_CC
the_DT
beast_NN
and_CC
aladdin_NP
for_IN
disney_NP
before_IN
mr_NN
._.
ashman_NN
's_POS
untimely_JJ
death_NN
._.
not_XNOT
only_RB
are_BER
mr_NN
._.
menken_JJ
's_BEZ
tunes_NNS
unbearably_RB
catchy_JJ
,_,
but_CC
mr_NN
._.
ashman_NN
's_POS
charming_JJ
lyrics_NNS
are_BER
fully_RB
integrated_JJ
into_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
storyline_JJ
so_RB
that_CS
the_DT
songs_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
virtual_JJ
extension_NN
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
's_POS
dialogue_NN
,_,
and_CC
consequently_RB
work_NN
wonderfully_RB
within_IN
the_DT
context_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
menken_JJ
's_BEZ
score_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
equally_RB
top-notch_VB
;_;
the_DT
sequence_NN
where_CS
eric_NP
(_(
voiced_VBD
by_IN
christopher_NP
daniel_NP
barnes_NP
)_)
and_CC
ariel_NP
tour_NN
his_PP$
kingdom_NN
in_IN
a_DT
horse-drawn_JJ
carriage_NN
becomes_VBZ
magical_JJ
and_CC
wondrous_JJ
with_IN
mr_NN
._.
menken_JJ
's_BEZ
fine_JJ
score_NN
._.
it_PP
appears_VBZ
that_CS
most_DT
people_NN
prefer_VB
the_DT
delightfully_RB
colourful_JJ
production_NN
number_NN
for_IN
the_DT
calypso-styled_JJ
"_"
under_IN
the_DT
sea_NN
"_"
as_IN
joyfully_RB
crooned_VBN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
wright_NP
,_,
which_WDT
won_VBD
the_DT
academy_NN
award_NN
and_CC
golden_JJ
globe_NN
awards_NNS
for_IN
best_JJS
song_NN
--_???
indeed_RB
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
many_DT
little_JJ
joys_NNS
in_IN
screening_NN
the_DT
film_NN
during_IN
its_PP$
re-release_NN
was_BEDZ
listening_VBG
to_IN
children_NNS
scattered_VBN
throughout_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
singing_VBG
along_IN
with_IN
the_DT
tune_NN
--_???
but_CC
my_PP$
favourite_JJ
is_BEZ
ms_NN
._.
benson_NP
's_POS
heartfelt_NN
rendition_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ballad_NN
"_"
part_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
world_NN
"_"
,_,
an_DT
achingly_RB
beautiful_JJ
tune_NN
of_IN
yearning_NN
and_CC
hope_NN
(_(
wonderfully_RB
lyricized_JJ
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
ashman_NN
)_)
which_WDT
,_,
accompanied_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
most_DT
dazzlingly_RB
polished_JJ
animation_NN
sequence_NN
,_,
packs_NNS
an_DT
emotional_JJ
wallop_NN
which_WDT
literally_RB
brought_VBN
tears_NNS
to_IN
my_PP$
eyes_NNS
._.
during_IN
the_DT
song_NN
's_POS
reprise_NN
,_,
which_WDT
builds_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
crescendo_NP
with_IN
ariel_NP
arching_JJ
on_IN
a_DT
rock_NN
as_IN
a_DT
wave_NN
crashes_VBZ
in_IN
,_,
the_DT
cumulative_JJ
effect_NN
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
short_JJ
of_IN
breathtaking_JJ
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
becomes_VBZ
acutely_RB
aware_JJ
that_CS
this_DT
single_JJ
instance_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
finest_JJS
in_IN
animation_NN
history_NN
._.
as_CS
of_IN
this_DT
writing_NN
,_,
november_NP
1997_CD
has_HVZ
come_VBN
to_IN
an_DT
end_NN
,_,
as_CS
has_HVZ
disney_NP
's_POS
limited_JJ
17-day_NN
re-release_NN
of_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
question_NN
that_CS
the_DT
primary_JJ
motivation_NN
for_IN
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
reissue_NN
itself_PPX
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
its_PP$
timing_NN
,_,
was_BEDZ
to_TO
reinforce_VB
disney_NP
's_POS
dominance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
animation_NN
market_NN
and_CC
provide_VB
direct_JJ
competition_NN
to_IN
fox_NN
's_POS
costly_JJ
new_JJ
upstart_NN
animation_NN
division_NN
and_CC
their_PP$
first_OD
major_JJ
venture_NN
,_,
anastasia_NP
._.
in_IN
every_DT
respect_NN
,_,
the_DT
re-release_NN
of_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
appears_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
success_NN
--_???
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
10_CD
grosses_NNS
have_HV
pushed_VBN
its_PP$
cumulative_JJ
domestic_JJ
gross_JJ
over_IN
the_DT
magic_JJ
$_???
10_CD
million_NN
mark_NN
;_;
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
proved_VBN
to_IN
have_HV
remarkably_RB
strong_JJ
drawing_NN
power_NN
for_IN
a_DT
film_NN
initially_RB
released_VBN
only_RB
eight_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
and_CC
in_IN
many_DT
homes_NNS
on_IN
video_NN
,_,
pulling_VBG
in_IN
close_JJ
to_IN
$_???
10_CD
million_NN
in_IN
its_PP$
opening_NN
weekend_NN
;_;
and_CC
although_CS
nobody_PN
could_MD
possibly_RB
expect_VB
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
to_IN
possibly_RB
defeat_NN
the_DT
aggressively-marketed_VBN
anastasia_NN
in_IN
head-to-head_JJ
competition_NN
,_,
it_PP
siphoned_VBD
enough_RB
from_IN
the_DT
fox_NN
film_NN
's_POS
opening_NN
weekend_NN
totals_NNS
to_IN
keep_NN
anastasia_NP
from_IN
the_DT
coveted_JJ
weekend_NN
leader_NN
spot_NN
,_,
allowing_VBG
for_IN
disney_NP
's_POS
odious_JJ
flubber_NN
to_IN
sweep_NN
in_IN
on_IN
the_DT
subsequent_JJ
week_NN
and_CC
wrestle_VB
the_DT
family_NN
demographic_JJ
market_NN
share_NN
away_RB
._.
but_CC
although_CS
disney_NP
's_POS
motives_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
reissue_NN
of_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
were_BED
self-serving_VBG
and_CC
protectionist_JJ
,_,
the_DT
real_JJ
winner_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
public_JJ
._.
any_DT
reason_NN
to_IN
put_VB
this_RB
film_NN
back_NN
into_IN
theatres_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
one_CD
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
true_JJ
joy_NN
to_IN
see_VB
this_RB
heartwarming_VBG
gem_NN
back_NN
on_IN
the_DT
silver_NN
screen_NN
._.
the_DT
little_JJ
mermaid_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
film_NN
to_IN
come_VB
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
disney_NP
's_POS
modern_JJ
animation_NN
renaissance_NN
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
greatest_JJS
animated_JJ
films_NNS
ever_RB
made_VBN
._.