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The Little Mermaid (1989)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  17 November 1989 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louis (voice) (as René Auberjonois)
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Eric (voice)
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Ariel (voice)
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Ursula (voice)
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Scuttle (voice)
Jason Marin ...
Flounder (voice)
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Triton (voice)
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Carlotta (voice)
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Seahorse (voice)
Ben Wright ...
Grimsby (voice)
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Sebastian (voice)
Hamilton Camp ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Debbie Shapiro)
Robert Weil ...
Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Loosely based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, youngest daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface, and is often caught in arguments with her father over those "barbaric fish-eaters". She goes to meet Ursula, the Sea Witch, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy. See more »


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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid 3D  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,703,401 (UK) (28 August 1998)
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(L-R)| (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)| (70 mm prints)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

There was a widespread rumor in the early to mid-'90s that the priest in the wedding scene has an erection. He doesn't (in fact, the shot is of the priest's knee moving underneath his tunic) but this didn't deter enraged moralists from strenuous protest (even to the extent of filing at least one lawsuit against Disney). In the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD release, the scene has been altered so that the priest is standing on a small platform box and his knee is no longer visible through his robes. See more »

Goofs

When Eric and Ariel are reunited and she got her voice back on the ship, they are about to kiss but the sundown turns her into a mermaid again before they do. Ursula crawls towards them, catches Ariel, says "So long, loverboy" and jumps into the water. When they are seen in the next shot Ariel's blue dress is suddenly gone. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Les Poissons
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Rene Auberjonois (Louie)
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Life must be great under the sea!
20 January 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Little Mermaid is one of the best Disney films of the 80's! It's such a wonderful film and is such a tear jerker, lol. The songs, the story, the animation, the voices, were just so wonderful and perfect. This is the film that I'm sure will go on for generations to come, I just showed it to my cousin recently, he's 6, and he just loves it as well. I remember watching this movie when I was a little girl and I just wanted a friend like Sebastian, he was so much fun, even though he's somewhat of a buzz kill, he can really get the party going. Just the whole story is a blast to watch and is so beautiful.

Ariel is one of the many princesses of King Triton's mighty kingdom under the sea, but she has a different dream. She goes up constantly to the shore to collect human items and wonders what it would be like to be a human instead of a mermaid. One day when she gets into a nasty fight with her father, Ursella, an evil octopus woman who wants to take over King Triton's kingdom, grants Ariel's wish, but she can only stay human if she can get her crush, Eric, to say her name, sounds easy, right? Well, Ursella takes her voice away, but her intentions are for Ariel to fail and make sure that she takes over the kingdom.

The Little Mermaid is such a fun Disney film and is a great treasure of our time. I just love the song "Under the sea", it's so much fun to sing and dance too, I admit it, I'm a dork, I still sing and dance to it when I see it. I highly recommend this movie for anyone, it's a true Disney classic that is so much fun, I guarantee you that you might shed a tear when Ariel says "Daddy", you'll see what I mean when you watch it.

10/10


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