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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:

DEM 463,361 (Germany) (24 July 1998)

Gross:

£1,703,401 (UK) (28 August 1998)
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(Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

When Ursula first shows Ariel the contract, it quickly scrolls through the body of the text. This is the actual text shown on the scroll: "I hereby grant unto Ursula, the witch of the sea... , one voice, in exchange for byon once high, Dinu*gihn thon Mueo serr on Puur-qurr I rehd moisn petn r m uenre urpti m srerp monk guaki ,Ch rich noy ri imm ro mund for all eternity. signed," All other instances clearly say: "I hereby grand unto Ursula, the witch of the sea... , one voice, for all eternity. signed," See more »

Goofs

During the "Part of Your World" reprise, when Ariel is singing "Part of Your World" to Eric, she hears Max bark and looks to her left. But when Max runs into the frame, he approaches from what would have been her right. 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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Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Illiterate Merderer (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss the Girl
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian)
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Disney at it's best
6 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney's best animated motion pictures. It tells the classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a mermaid who wishes she could be human in order to capture the love of a human prince. The animation is beautiful, in fact I think this is one of Disney's most flawless films. It features lovable characters: Ariel the little mermaid is one of my favorite 'Disney girls', Sebastian the crab, Scuttle the wacky seagull, Flounder the... flounder, Triton Ariel's father the Sea King and of course prince charming- Eric. And don't think I forgot the most despised octopus of the oceans- Ursula and her two eels Flotsam and Jetsum. Great beginning and great ending... and of course a lovable story. The music is beautiful (and rightfully won the Oscar for best score and best song). The score is by Alan Menken (who also provided us with the scores of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast). Some of the most beautiful Disney songs are in The Little Mermaid- Part of Your World, Kiss the Girl and for a little bit of dancin' Under the Sea. A movie for all ages, you will be enchanted by Ariel's world under the sea, by the wacky characters, the cruel but in a strange way lovable Ursula, the score, the songs, the story and the animation. I hope everybody has The Little Mermaid in their video collection to one day show their children and grandchildren or any youngster (or adult for that matter). You will be captured by Ariel and want to be part of her (most intriguing) world.


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