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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Ariel and Sebastian are also the names of characters in the Shakespearean play "The Tempest". See more »

Goofs

During the dressing room scene with Ariel and her sisters, the sea flower she picks for her father does not appear until just after she looks at herself in the mirror. 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

In the original 1989 theatrical release, the original home video release, the 1998 home video release, and the 1999 DVD release, there is a scene where Ursula (as Vanessa) is marrying Eric (most of this scene is still in newer versions). In one shot you can see the Priest's knee move up and down, which looks convincingly (to some) like an erection. In the 2006 Platinum Edition and current releases, it was edited out due to controversy. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Pearl Jam (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
Hummed by Buddy Hackett (Scuttle)
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Great movie for little kids
5 August 2002 | by Llamas RuleSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was very young and I loved it. It had a perfect fairy-tale ending and totally followed the formula for Disney movies in a great way. It really got it's message across with catchy tunes and fun characters.

On the down side, while it had a great message, it didn't stay true to what Hans Christian Andersen wrote. I hadn't read Andersen's version until very recently, but I loved it. I thought it had a much better and far more realistic message than the Disney movie. Andersen said that if you're a good person, while you may not get your reward in life, being good is it's own reward. Disney, on the other hand, said that if you risk everything for the one you love, things will work out in the end. While that's a nice message for little kids that is very unrealistic. Good people are hurt all the time.

I've heard people say that if girls grow up watching this, they will learn that big breasts, a small waist, and having a man by your side are what's important in life. This movie was made the year I was born, so naturally, I grew up on it. I don't hold myself to unrealistic standards or feel like I must have a man to go on. So, while I don't know about all the other little girls out there, but Disney didn't corrupt me.


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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:

$6,031,914, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$111,543,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,191,153
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Dolby Stereo (Stereo)| Dolby Atmos (Ultra HD Blu-ray release) (2019)| SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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