THE LITTLE MERMAID
1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 83 min, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

Headstrong young mermaid Ariel (beautifully designed by animating legend Glen Keane) can't contain her interest in the mortal world above the waves, or her boredom with her everyday life under the sea. Entering into a risky bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch (who rivals SLEEPING BEAUTY's Maleficent as the ultimate female Disney villain), Ariel trades her lovely voice for legs in the hopes of nabbing her land-bound love, Prince Eric. With original score by Alan Menken including the classic songs "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls."


AMERICAN POP
1981, Sony Repertory, 96 min, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

The bouncing and bruising story of four sets of fathers and sons, this is Bakshi’s musical cruise through rock’n roll history, fueled by classic tunes from Gershwin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, and dozens of others.


HEAVY METAL
1981, Sony Repetory, 90 min, Dir: Gerald Potterton

The artwork of Heavy Metal magazine reaches the screen in a series of dazzling episodes created by a variety of top animation studios. Classic rock tracks by Cheap Trick, Journey, Black Sabbath and others co-exist with a superb (and criminally underrated) Elmer Bernstein score to create a feast for the eyes and ears.


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