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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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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)


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>

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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)


£1,703,401 (UK) (28 August 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?


Movie was adapted as a Broadway musical in 2007. See more »


When Grimsby is talking to Eric at the dining table about taking Ariel out for a day on the town, there are plates in front of all of them. But when Carlotta brings the food they have no plates in front of them. 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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Under the Sea
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Samuel E. Wright (Sebastain)
Reprised by Wright during the end credits
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User Reviews

This is my favourite movie of all time...
17 December 1998 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

I probably never would have seen this movie if my mother hadn't persuaded me to take my little brother to see it. I enjoyed it a lot the first time, but it was only when I saw it again a couple of years later on video I realised just how superb a movie it is. It's not a clever or complex movie, it's not the kind of film which works on an adult level as well as on a children's one. However, three aspects of it make it truly great:

1: The music. 'Under The Sea' richly deserved its Oscar, but 'Part Of Your World' deserved it even more.

2. The animation. Quite simply, it's absolutely gorgeous. The underwater scenes in particular take your breath away.

3. The Story. How can you resist a love story that touching?

I urge anyone with even a touch of sentimentality about them to set their predjudices aside and see this movie.

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