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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

When Ariel is first given legs, she is clearly nude from the waist down. Her butt appears on camera for a split second.

After Flounder and Sebastian get the now-human Ariel to the surface, her butt is briefly visible again when she takes her first breath. Also later when Ariel tries to stand up in the shallow water, there's a split-second side view of her butt.

Ariel beauty and lack of clothing in either mermaid or human form could be considered sexy or racy.

Ursula's breasts often bounce. In one shot, she shakes them and the camera zooms in on them.

Ursula tells Ariel to use body language to attract her man, and dances sensually, by moving her hips. Before, she was using a sensual dance move when a woman moves their shoulders to move her breasts.

Ariel begins to transform into a sea polyps and her shell bra disappears. In one brief shot, her breasts are bare, with her arm covering her nipples. Her bra reappears once she transforms back into a human.

A cook makes some racy growls in a non sexual setting

Violence & Gore

A shark snaps and chomps as it chases Ariel and her fish-friend Flounder.

A storm throws a ship onto rocks and the ship catches fire and later explodes. A dog onboard is endangered briefly.

The prince nearly drowns.

The sea king destroys Ariel's treasures in a fit of rage.

The sea witch transforms mer-people into anthropomorphic sea polyps.

A dog is kicked in the face by the sea witch in human form.

Animals attack the sea witch once she is in human form. Played mainly for laughs.

A French chef is shown graphically slicing up fish, with some blood, and then tries to kill a crab repeatedly in a particular scene that is played for laughs. Later, his teeth are comically knocked out by a ship's mast.

The sea witch attempts to kill the prince, but instead kills her two eels making them explode into little bits - a detached eye is briefly visible.

The sea witch grows to monstrous size and towers over Ariel and the Prince threatening them.

The sea witch's violent death is of particular note. In her gigantic form, she is impaled by a ship's bowsprit (some blood is shown). She is then struck by lightning and we clearly see her body get electrocuted.

Profanity

A couple of very mild insults.

Grimsby lights a pipe. Ariel thinks it's a musical instrument and blows soot all over his face.

The shipwreck sequence can be frightening.

A shark attacks without injury to any characters.

The scene in which the sea king destroys Ariel's treasures can be frightening.

Ariel's transformation into a human can be disturbing. Ghostly hands enter her mouth and take her voice. The sea witch laughs maniacally. In a rapidly cut scene, her tail fin is split and turned into legs. She is then left to drown before being saved by her friends.

The cursed creatures (sea polyps) might be frightening.

The final battle with Ursula can be frightening. Right after Ursula accidentally kills her pet eels, as Ariel and Eric are rushing to the surface, a cloud of smoke starts forming beneath Ursula and the enraged look on her face combined with how she is breathing can be unsettling to young viewers; The next one is when Ursula rises from the water as a giant. Her skin is darker and her voice changes to a male like roar . Plus, the consistent maniacal look on her face when she is a giant is quite unsettling. This quite darkish scene ends with her death.

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