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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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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:

$274,176,364
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Dolby Stereo (Stereo)| Dolby Atmos (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release)| SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Melissa Fahn was originally auditioned to voice Ariel and was called back several times, but was turned down from the role because her voice sounded a little too young. See more »

Goofs

When Ariel sits down at the table and takes a fork, her nails are covered with pink varnish. Later no varnish is seen. 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

The magazine Entertainment Weekly published in an article that the 1990 home video version includes a less-than-a-second background image of the silhouette of a menacing knife hovering over a scared Mickey Mouse. See more »

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Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme)
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Squawked by Buddy Hackett (Scuttle)
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Disney at it's best
6 November 2000 | by White DolphinSee all my reviews

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney's best animated motion pictures. It tells the classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a mermaid who wishes she could be human in order to capture the love of a human prince. The animation is beautiful, in fact I think this is one of Disney's most flawless films. It features lovable characters: Ariel the little mermaid is one of my favorite 'Disney girls', Sebastian the crab, Scuttle the wacky seagull, Flounder the... flounder, Triton Ariel's father the Sea King and of course prince charming- Eric. And don't think I forgot the most despised octopus of the oceans- Ursula and her two eels Flotsam and Jetsum. Great beginning and great ending... and of course a lovable story. The music is beautiful (and rightfully won the Oscar for best score and best song). The score is by Alan Menken (who also provided us with the scores of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast). Some of the most beautiful Disney songs are in The Little Mermaid- Part of Your World, Kiss the Girl and for a little bit of dancin' Under the Sea. A movie for all ages, you will be enchanted by Ariel's world under the sea, by the wacky characters, the cruel but in a strange way lovable Ursula, the score, the songs, the story and the animation. I hope everybody has The Little Mermaid in their video collection to one day show their children and grandchildren or any youngster (or adult for that matter). You will be captured by Ariel and want to be part of her (most intriguing) world.


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