NEW YORK — It might come as a shock, but Ariel is all grown up.
“The Little Mermaid’ is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Jodi Benson, who voiced the mermaid, and co-director Ron Clements are looking back.
The role has continued for Benson, who has become the official Ariel ambassador in sequels, video games and the “Wreck-It Ralph” franchise.
Clements says the film had a big role in making Disney into an animation juggernaut. Many believe we’d never have Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” without first having Ariel.
Propelled by such Alan Menken songs as “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” the film won two Grammys and earned three Academy Award nominations.
Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press