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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>

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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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(70 mm prints) (original release)| (re-release) (1997)| (re-release) (1997)| (35 mm prints) (original release) (as Dolby Stereo)| (re-release) (1997)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Part of Your World" was nearly cut; Jeffrey Katzenberg felt that it was "boring", as well as being too far over the heads of the children for whom it was intended. At a test screening children were restless during the song which did not have finished animation - in particular one child that sat in front of Katzenberg and spilled his popcorn and was more interested in picking it up than watching the sequence. John Musker, Ron Clements and Howard Ashman all pleaded their case and begged Katzenberg to let the song stay to no avail. Ultimately the one who managed to convince him to give it a second chance was the animator of the sequence Glen Keane. Another screening was set up. This time with an adult audience and was a greater success (even reportedly moving some members to tears) and so the song was left in the film. Katzenberg later said that he was happy that no one listened to him because he couldn't imagine the film without the song. See more »

Goofs

When Eric is telling Grimsby that he wants to marry Vanessa, her hair is brown. When Vanessa is singing to herself in her cabin before the wedding and climbs onto the dresser, her hair turns black. Then at the wedding, it is brown again. 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

Version of Rusalka (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Daughters of Triton
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Daughters of Triton
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May Have Saved Disney's Movie Franchise.
3 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disney animated films had become somewhat second-rate by 1989 and it appeared that one of the great genres in the cinema was on life-support. But that all changed with "The Little Mermaid". The film is a cinematic classic that tells the story of a young mermaid princess who just wants to be human so she makes a deal with an evil sea witch to get her wish, but she loses her beautiful voice in the process and she must be kissed by her true love to get it back. A really great motion picture that has some really memorable songs in it. 5 stars out of 5.


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