Review: The Little Mermaid in 3D at The El Capitan (Los Angeles)


I’m 27 and I still love The Little Mermaid. No shame. It was my favorite of the princess films growing up, although my actual favorite Disney film in general has always been The Great Mouse Detective. The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is showing The Little Mermaid in 3D exclusively now through October 13th. I jumped at the chance to go.

If you’re in the LA area, it’s definitely a good time. Children will enjoy the sing along with another Disney princess, Sophia of Sophia the First, beforehand and an appearance by Ariel herself afterwards. I was most looking forward to reliving my childhood through the film itself though (and singing along).

For a movie that is almost 25 years old and created via a process that is innately 2D, the post-production transformation to 3D is actually quite impressive. I mean, let’s face it: It’s no Avatar, but it’s still fun. More remarkable than the characters, however, is the scenery. If you never noticed it before, you will in 3D. Prince Eric’s kingdom and castle, the blue lagoon, and the underwater world Ariel resides in are all incredible, like walking through a 3D painting. I definitely gained a new appreciation for the art of this film.

Grade: A

Here are the showtimes and ticket info:

Daily showtimes are 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. (showtimes are subject to change). Tickets are on sale now and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at or by calling 800-DISNEY6.

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