The Little Mermaid (1989) Poster

Jodi Benson: Ariel



  • Ariel : [after Rescuing the Prince]  Is he dead?

    Scuttle : It's hard to say.

    [Place's his ear to Eric's foot] 

    Scuttle : Oh I can't make out a heartbeat.

    Ariel : No look, he's breathing. He's so beautiful.

    Ariel : [singing]  What would i give to live where you are/ What would I pay to stay here beside you/ what would I do to see you smiling at me/ Where would we walk/ where would we run/ If we could stay all day in the sun/ Just you and me/ and I could be/ part of your world

    Grimsby : [Calling Out]  Eric. Eric

    [the approaching Grimsby and Max's barking send a startled Ariel Back into the Ocean] 

    Grimsby : [Helping Eric to his Feet]  Oh, you really delight in these sadistic strain on my blood pressure don't you.

    Prince Eric : A girl, rescued me. She was singing. She had the most beautiful voice.

    Grimsby : Ah Eric, I think you swallowed a bit to much sea-water. Off we go. Come along Max.

    Sebastian : [after watching the unfolding events]  We just gonna forget the whole thing ever happened. The Sea-King will never know. You won't tell him.

    Flounder : [Knods in agreement] 

    Sebastian : I won't tell him. I will stay in one peace

    [Ariel has possitioned herself on top of a rock watching Eric longinly] 

    Ariel : [sung]  I don't know when/ I don't know how/ But I know something's starting right now/ Watch and you'll see/ Someday I'll be/ Part of Your World

  • Triton : I just don't know what we're going to do with you, young lady.

    Ariel : Daddy, I'm sorry, I just forgot, I.

    Triton : As a result of your careless behavior.

    Sebastian : Careless and reckless behavior!

    Triton : The entire celebration was, er.

    Sebastian : Well, it was ruined! That's all, completely destroyed! This concert was to be the pinnacle of my distinguished career. Now thanks to you, I am the laughingstock of the entire kingdom!

    Flounder : But it wasn't her fault! Ah well first, ahh, this shark chased us yeah yeah! And we tried to but we couldn't and then grr and and we whoa! Ah, and then we were safe. But then this seagull came, and it was this is this, and that is that, and.

    Triton : Seagull?

    [Flounder gasps and hides in Ariel's hair as she gives him a dirty look] 

    Triton : What? Oh you went up to the surface again, didn't you? Didn't you?

    Ariel : Nothing happened.

    Triton : Ariel, How many times must we go through this? You could've been seen by one of those barbarians by by one of those humans!

    Ariel : Daddy, they're not barbarians!

    Triton : They're dangerous; do you think I would want to see my youngest daughter snared by some fish eater's hook?

    Ariel : I'm sixteen years old. I'm not a child anymore.

    Triton : Don't you take that tone of voice with me, young lady. As long as you live under my ocean, you'll obey my rules!

    Ariel : But if you would just listen.

    Triton : Not another word! And I am never, never to hear of you going to the surface again. Is that clear?

    [Ariel leaves, crying] 

  • Ariel : [regarding King Triton, as Sebastian watches, unobserved]  If only I could make him understand. I just don't see things the way he does. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad.

    [She begins singing "Part of Your World."] 

    Ariel : Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? / Wouldn't ya think my collection's complete / Wouldn't you think I'm the girl / Girl who has everything / Look at this trove, treasures untold / How many wonders can one cavern hold? / Looking around you'd think / Sure, she's got everything / I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty / I have whoozits and whatzis galore / You want thingamabobs? I've got twenty / But who cares? No big deal / I want more.

  • Ariel : But without my voice, how can I.

    Ursula : You'll have your looks. Your pretty face and don't underestimate the importance of "body language." Ha!


    Ursula : The men up there don't like a lot of blabber / They think a girl who gossips is a bore / Yes, on land it's much prefered / for ladies not to say a word / After all, dear, what is idle prattle for? / Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation / True gentlemen avoid it when they can / But they dote and swoon and fawn / On a lady who's withdrawn / It's she who holds her tongue who gets her man.

  • Triton : I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed.

    Ariel : But Daddy!

    Triton : Is it true you rescued a human from drowning?

    Ariel : Daddy, I had to.

    Triton : Contact between the human world and the mer world is strictly forbidden. Ariel, you know that! Everyone knows that.

    Ariel : He would have died.

    Triton : One less human to worry about!

    Ariel : You don't even know him.

    Triton : Know him? I don't have to know him, they're all the same! Spineless, savage, harpooning fish eaters, incapable of any feeling of.

    Ariel : Daddy, I love him!


    Triton : No! Have you lost your senses completely? He's a human, you're a mermaid!

    Ariel : I don't care.

    Triton : So help me, Ariel, I am going to get through to you; and if this is the only way, so be it!

  • Ursula : Well, angelfish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself.

    Ariel : Can you do that?

    Ursula : My dear, sweet child. That's what I do. It's what I live for, to help unfortunate merfolk, like yourself, poor souls with no one else to turn to.

  • Ursula : Oh, and there is one more thing. We haven't discussed the subject of payment. You can't get something for nothing, you know.

    Ariel : But I don't have any.

    Ursula : I'm not asking much. Just a token really, a trifle. You'll never even miss it. What I want from you is your voice.

    Ariel : My voice?

    Ursula : You got it, sweetcakes. No more talking, singing, zip.

  • Ariel : If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again.

    Ursula : That's right. But you'll have your man. Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?

  • Ariel : I've never seen a human this close before. Oh he's very handsome, isn't he?

    [Scuttle looks at Max and scratches his neck] 

    Scuttle : I don't know, he looks kind of hairy and slobbery to me.

    Ariel : No, not that one. The one playing the snarfblatt.

  • Scuttle : [Flying blissfully close to the wedding barge, as he hums the Wedding March] 

    Vanessa : [singing in Ariel's Voice, to the tune of "Poor Unfortunate Souls"]  What a lovely little bride I'll make/ My dear I'll look divine.

    Vanessa : [Chuckles, then continues Singing]  Things are working out according/ To my ultimate design

    Scuttle : [Watching the entire scene gulps] 

    Vanessa : [singing]  Soon I'll have that little mermaid/ And the ocean will be mine!

    Vanessa : [laughing into the mirror, whose reflection reveals she is indeed Ursula] 

    Scuttle : [Gasps]  The Sea Witch! Oh no. She's gonna. I gotta.

    [In his haste flys into the window by mistake] 

    Scuttle : Ariel!

  • Ariel : [singing]  Up where they walk / Up where they run / Up where they stay all day in the sun / Wanderin' free / Wish I could be / Part of that world.

  • [last lines] 

    Ariel : I love you, Daddy.

  • Scuttle : I haven't seen this in years, this is wonderful!

    Ariel : What is it?

    Scuttle : A banded, bulbous snarfblatt.

    Ariel , Flounder : Oh.

  • Ariel : All right, I'm going inside. You can just stay here and watch for sharks.

    Flounder : Okay. Yeah, you go. I'll just stay and What? Sharks? Ariel!

  • Ariel : You're not getting cold fins now, are you?

  • [Adoring a statue of Eric] 

    Ariel : It looks just like him. It even has his eyes. "Why, Eric, run away with you? This is all so so sudden."

  • Ariel : Flounder, don't be such a guppy.

    Flounder : I'm not a guppy.

  • Flotsam & Jetsam : Poor child. Poor, sweet child. She has a very serious problem. If only there was something we could do. But there is something.

    Ariel : Who who are you?

    Flotsam & Jetsam : Don't be scared. We represent someone who can help you. Someone who can make all your dreams come true. Just imagine you and your prince together forever.

    Ariel : I don't understand.

    Flotsam & Jetsam : Ursula has great powers.

    Ariel : The sea witch? Why, that's I couldn't possibly no! Get out of here! Leave me alone!

    Flotsam & Jetsam : Suit yourself. It was only a suggestion.

    [Jetsam flicks the broken statue's face towards Ariel] 

    Ariel : [looking at the face]  Wait.

    Flotsam & Jetsam : Yes?

  • Sebastian : Ariel, where are you going?

    [He swims up to her and observes that she is swimming with Flotsam and Jetsam] 

    Sebastian : Ariel, what are you doing here with this riffraff?

    Ariel : I'm going to see Ursula.

    Sebastian : [gets a shocked look on his face and gasps]  Ariel, no! No!

    [He begins tugging on her tail fin, trying to pull her back] 

    Sebastian : She's a demon! She's a monster!

    Ariel : Why don't you go tell my father? You're good at that!

    [She shakes him off] 

  • Ariel : [singing]  I wanna be where the people are, I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancing, walking around on those...

    [turns to Flounder] 

    Ariel : What do you call 'em? Oh... feet!

    [Ariel playfully tugs on Flounder's fins] 

    Ariel : [continues singing]  Flippin' your fins, you don't get too far, legs are required for jumping, dancing! Strolling along down a...


    Ariel : What's that word again? Street! Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun, wandering free, wish I could be part of that world!

  • Andrina : Ariel, dear, time to come out. You've been in there all morning.

    [Ariel emerges, singing to herself] 

    Atina : What is with her lately?

    [Ariel looks at herslf in the mirror, then picks a flower next to it and swims away, but stops short when she sees her father] 

    Ariel : Morning, Daddy.

    [Ariel tucks the flower next to her father's ear and swims off, continuing to sing to herself] 

    Atina : Oh, she's got it bad.

    Triton : What? What has she got?

    Andrina : Isn't it obvious, Daddy? Ariel's in love.

    Triton : Ariel?

    [picks the flower from the side of his ear] 

    Triton : In love?

  • Scuttle : You see the snarfblatt dates back to pre-hysterical times when humans would sit around and stare at each other all day.

    [long pause] 

    Scuttle : got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music, allow me!

    [Attempts to blow the pipe and seaweed crops out of it] 

    Ariel : [realizing]  Music?

    Scuttle : It's stuck!

    [coughs and gags] 

    Ariel : Oh, the concert! Oh my gosh my father's gonna kill me!

    Flounder : The concert was today?

  • Ariel : Flounder, hurry up!

  • Ariel : [singing]  What would I give if I could live out of the water. What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand. Bet'cha on land they understand that they don't reprimand their daughters. Bright young woman, sick of swimmin', ready to stand! And ready to know what the people know, ask 'em my questions and get some answers! What's a fire and why does it... what's the word? Burn! When's it my turn? Wouldn't I love, love to explore that shore up above? Out of the sea, wish I could be part of that world!

  • Ariel : Flounder, you really are a guppy.

    Flounder : I am not!

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