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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

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 ...
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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 »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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

Ariel's liplines were created with hand-inking. See more »

Goofs

The eels Flotsam and Jetsam each have one yellow eye; one has it on the right side, the other on the left. When they are talking to Ariel and the camera cuts to the close-up of them saying "Together forever," the eyes have switched places. 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

Featured in Becoming Enchanted: A New Classic Comes True (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Unfortunate Souls
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Pat Carroll (Ursula)
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User Reviews

"The Little Mermaid" Surprised Me
28 April 1999 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

It has been ten years since "The Little Mermaid" was released. Back when Disney originally released the film, I was both excited and apprehensive. Excited, because it is one of the best children's stories and one of my favorites. Apprehensive, because I knew Disney would change the ending and give it a happy ending, which is understandable but still unfortunate. When I first saw it, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and after each repeated viewing, I have liked it more and more. I am now convinced this is the second best American Animated film, after "Beauty and the Beast". The music, story, writing, and animation are superb as others have stated, but the villainess, Ursula, is also a major factor in the success of the film. She is the best written and performed of all Disney villains. She is purely evil but totally believable. Pat Carroll, who I have often noticed but never really considered, did a fabulous job with Ursula's characterization. The music and songs are consistantly very good. There is no deep thought to this one, but "The Little Mermaid" is artfully near-perfect entainment.


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