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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:
... Louis (voice) (as René Auberjonois)
... Eric (voice)
... Ariel (voice)
... Ursula (voice)
... Flotsam & Jetsam (voice)
... Scuttle (voice)
Jason Marin ... Flounder (voice)
... Triton (voice)
... Carlotta (voice)
... Seahorse (voice)
... Grimsby (voice)
... Sebastian (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Debbie Shapiro)
... 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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Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy. See more »


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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid 3D  »

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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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(as Dolby Stereo®)| (Stereo)| (re-release) (1997)| (re-release) (1997)| (re-release) (1997)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When The Little Mermaid (1989) earned four Golden Globe nominations in 1990, it not only became the first full-length animated feature film to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, but it also became the first animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe Award, of any genre, in general. Even though it did not win, Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991) would later on to become the first animated feature film to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), two years later. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the "Kiss the Girl" scene, Ariel is slowly turning her head to the left to face Eric. During the motion between the 3/4 view of her face and the full side view, some animation frames are apparently missing and consequently the scene of Ariel moving her head is not smooth at all. 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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Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by Buddy Hackett (Scuttle)
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May Have Saved Disney's Movie Franchise.
3 July 2002 | by See 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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