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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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Did You Know?


Will be released by Discotek Media uncut for the first time on DVD in 2015 in North America. See more »


Marina: [after she hesitates trying to kill the prince a second time] I cant... I can't do it. The Prince's happiness is my happniess.
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Alternate Versions

The 2001 VHS and "Family DVD Classics" versions have been edited and removes all scenes that show the mermaid's bare chest. See more »


Version of The Little Mermaid See more »


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Performed by Kumiko Osugi, Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani, Music and Arrangement by Takekuni Hirayoshi
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Great movie of love and loss
26 January 2005 | by kittiluvrSee all my reviews

I saw this Anime version of Little Mermaid when I was 8 or 9 years old, long before Disney got there happy little hands on it. I cried my eyes out at the end of it. However, it showed me that you don't always get what you want in life. It also taught me about sacrificing for someone you love. I believe the original version of this movie gets across a poignant message about sacrifice, love and loss. (If you read the story, there is much more to it than that, but as far as the movie goes, that is the message I saw in it.)

I was very disappointed in Disney's version at first. I didn't have to wait to see the ending to be upset at it. Ariel/Marina was not supposed to be able to talk, never mind being able to sing, and she was supposed to have pain when she walked....part of her sacrifice to be with the prince she had fallen in love with. And then, being a Disney version, she gets the prince in the end. I did not like it. Now, there is nothing wrong with optimism and believing things can get better and end happily. However, life does not always end "Happily Ever After" as Disney would have children believe. I think our overindulged children of today would be better off knowing that you don't always get what you want and that there is such a thing as sacrifice.

Well, I have grown to accept and even enjoy Disney's version. It is lighthearted and fun. And that is what Disney is all about.... fun and enjoyment.

In the end, I still love the original Anime version of it better. I didn't actually remember it as being Anime until I started searching for this version. Reading the comments on it helped me to recall the big beautiful eyes of the characters. Yes, this is the version I remember and love from my childhood....tears and all!

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