Disney in Transition: The Little Mermaid

Originally published on The Solute

In 1937, Disney graduated from shorts to features with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. By the laws of critical consensus, first=best, but rewatching it as an adult, I was struck by how much it shows Disney’s difficulty transitioning into a new form. It often feels like a bunch of shorts stuck together, padded out to feature length with dwarfs and cute…