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The Little Mermaid (1975)

Anderusen dôwa ningyo-hime (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 4 February 1978 (USA)
A mermaid falls in love with a human prince, which leads to tragedy.


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Credited cast:
Fumie Kashiyama Fumie Kashiyama ... Marina (voice)
Mariko Miyagi Mariko Miyagi ... Fritz (voice)
Tarô Shigaki Tarô Shigaki ... Prince (voice)
Hideki Shibata Hideki Shibata ... Mermaid King (voice)
Kôsei Tomita Kôsei Tomita ... Duke the Whale (voice)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Kaneta Kimotsuki ... Crab / Conch (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Whistler (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Oval Shark (voice)
Haruko Kitahama Haruko Kitahama ... Witch (voice)
Miyoko Azabu Miyoko Azabu ... Mermaid Crone (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Marina's Sister (voice)
Kazuko Sawada Kazuko Sawada ... Jemmy the Cat (voice)
Nana Yamaguchi Nana Yamaguchi ... Prince's Mother (voice)
Rihoko Yokoda Rihoko Yokoda ... Suomi Princess (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirsten Bishop ... Marina (voice) (as Kirsten Bishopric)


A mermaid falls in love with a human prince, which leads to tragedy.

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The story of a beautiful mermaid who gave up a kingdom for her beloved prince.


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Japanese | English

Release Date:

4 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marina: Yes It's the only way. I must return to the sea, where I was born; where I belong. Only through my death can I keep my love for the prince true, and pure. And perhaps, when I have turned to sea foam, foam upon the waves, I may yet find a way to be of service to my prince, and to others. For though his heart was never meant to be mine, never the less I have learned the meaning of true love. I want to be with him and around him, always, even if it is only in the form of a clear, fine, sea foam.
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Alternate Versions

The original Video Gems and Children's Video Library videos removed the opening Toei Animation logo which was featured over crashing waves. The 1989 Starmaker release restored the original opening. The American DVD release restores the opening, but cuts approx. 2 minutes of footage from the rest of the film. See more »


Version of The Little Mermaid (1989) See more »


Akogare (Yearning)
Performed by Kumiko Osugi, Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani, Music and Arrangement by Takekuni Hirayoshi
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A good movie
10 April 2002 | by abbylee519See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, I hated it. I was outraged by how the Prince chose someone else over her (the mermaid rescued the Prince from drowning, but ducked away when she saw the other human girl coming, and the other girl sat with him until he fully regained consciousness). He assumed that girl saved his life, and she apparently never had the grace to admit that someone else had done the dirty work of hauling him out of the ocean--she just happened to be hanging out sunbathing, waiting for him to wake up.

So, I was pretty mad at this movie, but then I read the Hans Christian Andersen story years later, when I'd experienced my own first love and loss. I gained a new appreciation for this movie, as it depicts a desperate love, and this mermaid is willing to give up everything to be close to him. The only thing that sucks is that the object of her obsession truly does not deserve it, and the chick he chooses over her does not deserve his love either; he fell in love with her only because he thought she had saved him, but the mermaid was unable to tell him that.

It's sad, and frustrating, but still a good movie overall.

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