The Mermaid Princess (2016)

“A kind-hearted mermaid, braving the Sea-God’s warning to steer clear, saves a captain’s daughter from the stormy ocean. But when the captain needs her help again, the mermaid must choose between following the ocean’s treacherous rules or saving her new human friend from a dangerous island giant”

– Gold Valley Films’ website.

The Mermaid Princess was created by Gold Valley Films and director Qiu Haoqiang. Originally released in 2015, The Mermaid Princess is part of a promise by Gold Valley Films to release 2-3 animated films each year, having already produced 5 animated films since the company was founded in 2013. Gold Valley Films “…aims to establish cooperation in the animation industry to create memorable characters and extraordinary stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.” Their upcoming film, Cinderella 3D, is to be released in 2018 and is directed by Lynne Southerland, the director of Disney’s Mulan II.

Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
The Mermaid Princess is a pretty delightful movie. There’s a lot of oddness in this one, from the animation, to the character designs, to the plot. It’s a pleasant oddness though, which makes for an entertaining movie watching experience.

The film just kinda meanders from set piece to set piece, and while there is some semblance of a storyline, it gets lost pretty quickly. I usually always preview the Bad Princess movies I show so that I can judge whether they’re entertaining enough to show people. For a movie like this, it has the added benefit of being able to answer everyone’s questions when they started getting incredibly confused about what’s happening.

The voice acting in this one is also pretty hilarious. There’s a lot of ‘dull surprise’ line reads throughout the entire film, from pretty much every character. In a way it works, as the animation for all the characters is pretty stiff, so the monotone voicework actually fits the expressionless faces.

I got this film and Gold Valley Films’ other fairy tale themed movie, Snow White’s New Adventure, at the same time, and we ended up watching The Mermaid Princess first. It worked out well that way, because there was a cameo in Snow White’s New Adventures that we were able to fully appreciate having seen The Mermaid Princess.

Definitely check The Mermaid Princess out, you’ll have plenty to talk about with this one.

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