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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love has no boundaries. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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:

$9,814,520, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$111,543,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,343,479
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Stereo)| Dolby Atmos (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Entertainment Weekly, co-director Ron Clements brought the film's concept to Disney in 1985, but it was vetoed because it was considered too similar to a Splash (1984) sequel that was in development at Disney. In 1985, Clements, while finishing work on The Great Mouse Detective (1986), was browsing through a bookstore and chanced upon a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, and found "The Little Mermaid" most fascinating, cinematic, and intriguing of all. He subsequently presented a two-page story treatment of both the film and Treasure Planet (2002) to Disney CEO Michael Eisner and chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg at a 'gong show' idea suggestion meeting where everyone at Walt Disney Feature Animation is supposed to come up with at least five new ideas for animated features; an idea Katzenberg came up with when he was working at Paramount Pictures. Both of them passed on the idea; Katzenberg changed his mind the next day and gave it the green light along with Oliver & Company (1988), but not Treasure Planet (2002) due to the technology, at the time, not being sophisticated and advanced enough to capture the filmmakers' vision for the film. Early in production, Katzenberg warned Clements and John Musker that their film would be perceived as a "girl's film" and that it would make less money at the box office than Oliver & Company. As the film neared completion, Katzenberg was forced to backtrack and admit that he thought that the studio had a major hit in the making. See more »

Goofs

When the animals are sabotaging Eric's wedding to Vanessa, Scuttle tries to pull her seashell necklace away from her. The significance of the necklace should not be evident to him, as he wasn't there to see Ursula seal Ariel's voice inside it. 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

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 »

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Soundtracks

Under the Sea
(1989) (uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Samuel E. Wright (Sebastain)
Reprised by Wright during the end credits
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This is my favourite movie of all time...
17 December 1998 | by BigAirSee all my reviews

I probably never would have seen this movie if my mother hadn't persuaded me to take my little brother to see it. I enjoyed it a lot the first time, but it was only when I saw it again a couple of years later on video I realised just how superb a movie it is. It's not a clever or complex movie, it's not the kind of film which works on an adult level as well as on a children's one. However, three aspects of it make it truly great:

1: The music. 'Under The Sea' richly deserved its Oscar, but 'Part Of Your World' deserved it even more.

2. The animation. Quite simply, it's absolutely gorgeous. The underwater scenes in particular take your breath away.

3. The Story. How can you resist a love story that touching?

I urge anyone with even a touch of sentimentality about them to set their predjudices aside and see this movie.


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