Q & A with THE LITTLE MERMAID Writers/Directors, John Musker and Ron Clements - Divine Lifestyle

Q & A with THE LITTLE MERMAID Writers/Directors, John Musker and Ron Clements

Little Mermaid Disney Ariel(Note to readers: I was hosted by Disney Studios to help review and promote the movie. I was not otherwise compensated and my opinions remain my own.)

The Little Mermaid movie could have been a very different production without the witty writing style of John Musker and Ron Clements, and their willingness to listen to feedback from others, including music producer Howard Ashman.

The movie, which was introduced to the world back in 1989, is being re-released on DVD in October and the talented writing/director duo of Musker and Clements sat down for an interview with me and a few other writers recently. They answered questions ranging from how Ariel was named to what to do if you’ve ever dreamed of having Disney produce a movie you wrote.

You might be very surprised by what they had to share. Take a listen.

In the meantime, don’t miss the re-release of The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray DVD this October. Disney is promising brighter color and with additional scenes!


Desiree Miller is a mother to children ranging in age from 19 to 8 and an award-winning veteran journalist with a background in television news who now also enjoys writing and vlogging at Stress Free, Baby, a site she created that provides a daily dose of humor, hope and inspiration. She loves travel and shares stories on Traveling Mom and the upcoming 60 Second Escapes. Awarded ‘Atlanta's Top Mom Blogger' by WXIA, Desiree enjoys a focus on Atlanta, as well, and hosts the Atlanta Baby & Child Expo each year for expectant and new parents.

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  1. I loved meeting with John and Ron – what a pair! This was such a great experience and I love reading how you experienced it as well. 🙂

  2. The Little Mermaid is my daughter’s favorite movie. What an experience

  3. I loved the Little Mermaid, very interesting!

  4. The little mermaid is my fav movie all time! This is awesome to hear the directors point of view!

  5. Elle

    I have always loved The Little Mermaid. It has been a family favorite amongst disney movies.

  6. I haven’t seen the movie in YEARS! I think it’s about time!

  7. That is so awesome! It’s always fun getting some behind-the-scenes facts!

  8. I love The Little Mermaid. It’s my favorite Disney movie of all time. 🙂 I’m super excited about the re-release!!!

  9. I can’t wait to watch the Little Mermaid with my daughter. It was one of my favorites!

  10. I love The Little Mermaid – the music is great!

  11. I love THE LITTLE MERMAID movie, unfortunately it will not be in 3D this time and I was so looking forward to that. The songs in the movie are amazing, I am thinking if I ever left Under the Sea. Lucky you, had a chance to talk to writers and directors of the movie!

  12. It would appear that a good time was had by all. I have certainly watched that movie many times!

  13. Tara

    I remember the Little Mermaid like it was yesterday great family movie to watch. I don’t own the DVD maybe I should buy it someday and watch it with my son I don’t think he seen it yet.

  14. Regan

    How neat that you got to talk to them and it’s such a cute movie. I have boys so they’re not into it but I saw it with my little cousin many years ago

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