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The Little Mermaid (1975)

Anderusen dôwa ningyo-hime (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 4 February 1978 (USA)
A mermaid falls in love with a human prince, which leads to tragedy.


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Credited cast:
Fumie Kashiyama ...
Marina (voice)
Mariko Miyagi ...
Fritz (voice)
Tarô Shigaki ...
Prince (voice)
Hideki Shibata ...
Mermaid King (voice)
Kôsei Tomita ...
Duke the Whale (voice)
Kaneta Kimotsuki ...
Crab / Conch (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Whistler (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata ...
Oval Shark (voice)
Haruko Kitahama ...
Witch (voice)
Miyoko Azabu ...
Mermaid Crone (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ...
Marina's Sister (voice)
Kazuko Sawada ...
Jemmy the Cat (voice)
Nana Yamaguchi ...
Prince's Mother (voice)
Rihoko Yokoda ...
Suomi Princess (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirsten Bishop ...
Marina (voice) (as Kirsten Bishopric)


A mermaid falls in love with a human prince, which leads to tragedy.

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The story of a beautiful mermaid who gave up a kingdom for her beloved prince.


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4 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid  »

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Beautiful and poignant anime classic
2 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Hans Christian Andersen's story, it is charming and beautiful with memorable characters. And this anime film is the closest in tone to the story to any other adaptation I've seen(not many but there are a few). I love the Disney film as well and prefer it just by a small margin, but I find this one just as beautiful and poignant if not more so.

While the animation is not the best there is, it is still quite nice with fluid backgrounds, pretty colours and well drawn characters. The music is tender and gives the film its heart, while the writing is wonderfully poetic and the story still has its magic and tenderness with well-explored themes of love and loss.

The characters are engaging still. Marina is a great protagonist and a beautiful one too, while the Prince, King, Fritz and the Witch are well done too and all the characters are very well voiced in both the original and dubbed versions. I love how there wasn't too much comedy to interrupt the flow or spoil the mood. Oh, and the ending has me in floods of tears every time I watch it.

This anime version of The Little Mermaid isn't completely perfect, some of the sound is a little hazy and the lip synching is occasionally sloppy, but overall it is wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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