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The Little Mermaid (1989)

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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis (voice) (as René Auberjonois)
Eric (voice)
Ariel (voice)
Ursula (voice)
Scuttle (voice)
Jason Marin ...
Flounder (voice)
Triton (voice)
Carlotta (voice)
Seahorse (voice)
Ben Wright ...
Grimsby (voice)
Sebastian (voice)
Hamilton Camp ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Debbie Shapiro)
Robert Weil ...
Additional Voices (voice)


In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. Written by Jwelch5742

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king | mermaid | sea | witch | prince | See All (136) »


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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid 3D  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,814,520 (USA) (14 November 1997)


$109,859,444 (USA) (30 January 1998)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(L-R)| (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Sebastian was to have an English accent. It was lyricist/producer Howard Ashman who suggested he be Jamaican. This opened the door to calypso-style numbers like "Under the Sea", which won the Academy Award. See more »


When Ariel and Flounder first talk to Scuttle, the pink shoulder bag disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Prince Eric: Isn't this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face. Aaah, the perfect day to be at sea!
Grimsby: [leaning over rail] Oh, yes urp delightful.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time: Poor Unfortunate Soul (2015) See more »


Part of Your World (Reprise)
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Jodi Benson (Ariel)
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User Reviews

An incredibly romantic movie!
6 August 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Yeah, yeah... It's the little mermaid, the same cute barbie-like character little girls love so much... But the movie is great. If you just free yourself from the sissy pink image of the movie you're in for a treat.

The songs are great, by the same team who gave us Little Shop Of Horrors: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman who teamed up in Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin as well. Aladdin was their last project together with Ashman's untimely death from AIDS in 1991.

The story is funny and romantic, so who cares if it's not following the original tale? A perfect movie for everyone, not just little girls.

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