It's hard to believe that Disney's animated blockbuster "The Little Mermaid" is turning 20 this year. Thankfully, the story of Ariel has great legs, or in this case -- great fins.
Tonight, a reunion featuring film clips and several of the animators, including Andreas Deja and directors Ron Clements and John Musker, will be held at the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium at Burbank's Woodbury University. www.asifa-hollywood.org
The birthday festivities continue Friday at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre with the 25th-anniversary screening of the delightful horror comedy "Gremlins" and its 1990 sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." Director Joe Dante and "Gremlins" star Glynn Turman will be on hand to wax nostalgic.
Meanwhile, the Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is offering a mini-retrospective of Dalton Trumbo's work. The noted screenwriter and novelist was blacklisted in 1947 as a member of the "Hollywood Ten" and imprisoned in 1950. But Trumbo prevailed and helped end the blacklist with his scripts to two 1960 epics -- "Spartacus" and "Exodus."