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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:
Rene Auberjonois ... Louis (voice) (as René Auberjonois)
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Eric (voice)
Jodi Benson ... Ariel (voice)
Pat Carroll ... Ursula (voice)
Paddi Edwards ... Flotsam & Jetsam (voice)
Buddy Hackett ... Scuttle (voice)
Jason Marin Jason Marin ... Flounder (voice)
Kenneth Mars ... Triton (voice)
Edie McClurg ... Carlotta (voice)
Will Ryan ... Seahorse (voice)
Ben Wright ... Grimsby (voice)
Samuel E. Wright ... Sebastian (voice)
Hamilton Camp ... Additional Voices (voice)
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte Debbie Shapiro Gravitte ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Debbie Shapiro)
Robert Weil ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. Written by Jwelch5742

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Love has no boundaries. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814,520, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$111,543,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,343,479
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jodi Benson had starred in a short-lived 1986 Broadway musical based on the film Smile (1975), which had a score by Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch. When casting for the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989), it was Ashman who recommended Benson to producers. See more »

Goofs

When Eric is waiting for Ariel to arrive at dinner, he doesn't cast a shadow. 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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Alternate Versions

In the Swedish VHS release, a few scenes have been cut. They include most of the song that Louis sings when he chops the fish (only the part when he discovers Sebastian is still in the film), some shots of Triton destroying Ariel's cavern, and some scenes between where Ursula says (towards the end) "Now I am the ruler of all the ocean. The waves obey my every whim" and where she is killed by Eric. This makes the Swedish dubbing on the DVD version a little odd, since these scenes are then in English. These problems has since been corrected for the newer Special Edition DVD, but the changes made to the dubbing are still noticeable to the trained ear. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dream on Silly Dreamer (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Part of Your World (Reprise)
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Jodi Benson (Ariel)
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May Have Saved Disney's Movie Franchise.
3 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Disney animated films had become somewhat second-rate by 1989 and it appeared that one of the great genres in the cinema was on life-support. But that all changed with "The Little Mermaid". The film is a cinematic classic that tells the story of a young mermaid princess who just wants to be human so she makes a deal with an evil sea witch to get her wish, but she loses her beautiful voice in the process and she must be kissed by her true love to get it back. A really great motion picture that has some really memorable songs in it. 5 stars out of 5.


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