41 user 2 critic

The Little Mermaid (1975)

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




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... 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)
Kirsten Bishop ... Marina (voice) (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Rihoko Yokoda Rihoko Yokoda ... Suomi Princess (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

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.
See more »

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
See more »

User Reviews

True to the original story, sad but graceful and beautiful
18 January 2004 | by snowball-15See all my reviews

This is a very sad and beautiful tale, the way Hans Christian Andersen has intended it to be. Even more sad than this though is that mass audience now knows only the dumbed down Disney version, which actually is a clear case of plagiarism. What else is it if it takes the original story and changes the ending??? Of course the rights to do that were properly purchased, at least I think so. But now we do not even have a chance to see true version ever released on DVD, as it justly deserves.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





Japanese | English

Release Date:

4 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed