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The Little Mermaid (1989)

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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.
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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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Trivia

There was a widespread rumor in the early to mid 1990s that the priest in the wedding scene has an erection. He doesn't (in fact, the shot is of the priest's knee moving underneath his tunic) but this didn't deter enraged moralists from strenuous protest (even to the extent of filing at least one lawsuit against Disney). In the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD release, the scene has been altered so that the priest is standing on a small platform box and his knee is no longer visible through his robes. See more »

Goofs

The trim on Ariel's wedding dress changes from green to pink, then back to green and stays that color for the rest of the scene. (This was corrected in the 2006 Platinum Edition release.) 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. Delightful.
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Alternate Versions

During the re-release in 1998, a new Austrian German-dubbed version was made and shown in Austrian theaters starting in June 1998. All dialogue for this version was adapted to Austrian expressions and slang. Another dubbed version was made in the Viennese dialect, with Jazz Gitti as the voice of Ursula, but this version has never been commercially available. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Happy Ending
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Disney Chorus
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An incredibly romantic movie!
6 August 1999 | by cLoNeSee all my reviews

Yeah, yeah... It's the little mermaid, the same cute barbie-like character little girls love so much... But the movie is great. If you just free yourself from the sissy pink image of the movie you're in for a treat.

The songs are great, by the same team who gave us Little Shop Of Horrors: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman who teamed up in Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin as well. Aladdin was their last project together with Ashman's untimely death from AIDS in 1991.

The story is funny and romantic, so who cares if it's not following the original tale? A perfect movie for everyone, not just little girls.


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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:

$6,031,914, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$111,543,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,343,479
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby Atmos (Ultra HD Blu-ray release) (2019)| SDDS (re-release)| Dolby Digital (re-release)| DTS (re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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