Many people look at The Little Mermaid as sparking a new golden age of Disney films. For the most part, they are right. The Little Mermaid did bring back Walt Disney Animation to the forefront. But today, I want to talk about the movies which preceded The Little Mermaid. There are five very good movies sandwiched between the 1977 release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid.