The Little Mermaid

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As Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Opens, Ron Clements Remembers the Making of Animated Classic

When in the mid-80s, Disney contemplated the unimaginable and considered closing its animation division after years of living off re-releases of its classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950) and Peter Pan (1953), and more recent releases like The Fox and the Hound (1981) and The Black Cauldron (1985) that did not bring them great profits, it was imminent that a change was needed to survive. Summoned by the new corporate leadership of Disney studios, led by Michael Eisner and animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Clements and John Musker were the animators who brought to the table the proposal on which they would focus their talents and energies to save the division.