So Far. The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition. Photos Top cast Edit. Jodi Benson Ariel as Ariel voice. Samuel E. Wright Sebastian as Sebastian voice. Rene Auberjonois Louis as Louis voice. Christopher Daniel Barnes Eric as Eric voice. Pat Carroll Ursula as Ursula voice. Paddi Edwards Flotsam as Flotsam voice …. Buddy Hackett Scuttle as Scuttle voice. Jason Marin Flounder as Flounder voice.
Kenneth Mars Triton as Triton voice. Edie McClurg Carlotta as Carlotta voice. Will Ryan Seahorse as Seahorse voice. Ben Wright Grimsby as Grimsby voice. Ron Clements John Musker. More like this. Storyline Edit. In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 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. Sea it. Did you know Edit. Trivia In the opening scene when King Triton arrives at the arena, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog can be briefly seen in the crowd of sea-people as mermen when he passes over them. Goofs During "Kiss the Girl", the fish swim up from a depth, but later, when Ariel and Eric fall out of the boat, they are shown in Ursula's ball standing in shallow water.
Quotes Sebastian : Hm. Alternate versions For the re-release in , some of the international versions were entirely re-dubbed. It has been claimed this was due to a bureaucratic error, but the real reason for this action was because the international companies were unhappy with the scripts on the earlier releases and wanted to be more faithful to the original dialogue.
Connections Edited from Pinocchio User reviews Review. Top review. Loved this film when I was younger and still love it now. The Little Mermaid is one of those films I grew up with when I was a kid - something that the whole family can watch and never really get sick of.
The imagination brought into this fairy tale despite the fact that the ending is vastly changed from the original to please the kids is simply superb. Songs, music, characters are all terrific. While I think Beauty and the Beast stands as Disney's best animated film, The Little Mermaid is still one of the top ones to check out.
A story about Aeriel - the young mermaid curious about the human world who ends up falling for Prince Eric of the human race. And all the other cute characters such as Sebastian, Flounder, not to mention a very sinister villain with the Sea Witch. It all makes for a great time and has a good deal of emotion in it too. Once Ariel has been transformed into a human, Sebastian and Flounder escape Flotsam and Jetsam's grasps and help take her to the surface as Ariel can no longer breathe underwater.
After making it to shore the group meets up with Scuttle on a beach near Eric's castle. Sebastian threatens to tell King Triton about the deal Ariel made with Ursula, but Ariel manages to convince him to help the group as she loves Eric and she would be miserable if she went home. Scuttle then tells Ariel about how to blend in with humans, and the first step is to dress like them. Next, Scuttle takes a portion of a sail and some rope for Ariel to wear, just as Prince Eric arrives at their location.
Though Eric does not know she's the girl who saved his life, he is willing to bring her to his castle to be taken care of, with Sebastian tagging along in a pocket in Ariel's sailcloth. Later, inside the palace, while Ariel is taking a bath, Sebastian is sent, through a series of unfortunate events, to the castle kitchen.
It's there that Sebastian encounters a seafood-obsessed chef who attempts to cook him. Later that night, Ariel watches Eric play with his dog Max and goes off to bed. Sebastian discusses plans to get Eric to kiss Ariel, though Ariel does not listen, being too enamored in the human world's splendors. Finally, after Ariel falls asleep, Sebastian tells her she is "completely hopeless" and drifts off.
Back in King Triton's palace, the situation is grim. King Triton has sent several search parties looking everywhere for Ariel and Sebastian, but not a single trace of either one has been found anywhere. Triton tells his squire a seahorse to keep looking and not rest until they're found. Triton is left in grave remorse over his actions, blaming himself for Ariel's disappearance. The next morning, Ariel and Eric begin their tour of the kingdom, starting with the nearby town.
Ariel is enamored by every single thing she sees, whether it's puppets, horses, or dancing. The day passes into the evening when Eric takes Ariel on a lagoon cruise. Sebastian, seeing this as the perfect moment, decides to take matters into his own claws, and plays a song to excite the two into kissing " Kiss the Girl ". However, the song is quickly interrupted by Flotsam and Jetsam overturning the boat, successfully ruining the mood.
Frustrated with the progress Ariel's making, Ursula decides to take matters into her own tentacles and transforms herself into a beautiful young maiden named Vanessa. She then uses Ariel's voice to hypnotize Eric before announcing his true feelings to Ariel.
The next morning, Eric and Vanessa are announced to be wed by sunset, leaving poor Ariel heartbroken as the wedding ship departs from a port. Ariel and her friends are left behind while Vanessa convincingly plays her role as a love-struck woman, constantly clinging to Eric's side, raising no suspicion. While Ariel witnesses the ship sailing off, she begins weeping over Eric's loss. Little does anyone know, Scuttle happens to fly over the wedding ship when he hears Ariel's voice coming from the bride's dressing room.
He spies from a porthole, and once Vanessa takes a look at the dressing room's mirror, Ursula's reflection is shown. Realizing Vanessa's true identity, Scuttle flies off to inform Ariel and the group about Vanessa. The group has to think fast as the sun is setting, so they come up with a plan: Ariel and Flounder go after the wedding ship on a barrel and Sebastian goes to tell King Triton what's happening, while Scuttle goes off to stall the wedding.
Scuttle gathers lagoon and sea creatures of all sorts including bluebirds, flamingos, pelicans, lobsters, starfish, dolphins, and seals to converge on the wedding ship as the wedding is just underway. There is a little warning for Vanessa when the attack begins, and the ship is sent into disarray, giving Ariel the time she needs to get aboard. Moreover, Vanessa is utterly flustered, disoriented, and sidelined from being able to do anything.
Thanks to the help of Max, Scuttle manages to snap the necklace off Vanessa's neck, shattering it across the deck, returning Ariel's voice back to her, and releasing Eric from the spell. Eric finds Ariel and admits she's the one who saved him, but Vanessa warns Eric to leave Ariel alone before realizing that her voice was now Ursula's after her shell broke. But before the two can kiss, the sun sets, and Ariel turns back into a mermaid. Ursula then transforms herself back to her true form, grabs Ariel and jumps back into the sea with her.
It is not long before Ursula thinks of her next move and runs into Triton and Sebastian, and a conflict occurs. Triton confronts Ursula and demands her to release Ariel, but to no avail. Ursula counters by insisting that Ariel is her slave.
After Triton hears Ariel apologizing to him, he attempts to destroy the contract she signed, binding her to Ursula, but finds that he's unable to do so because it's magically enhanced by being legal. So, Triton saves Ariel and signs the contract and becomes a polyp in her place as a prisoner to Ursula.
Ursula claims Triton's crown and trident and becomes queen of the sea, which angers Ariel to the point of attacking her. When Ursula attempts to use the trident to sabotage Ariel, Eric goes underwater and hits Ursula with a harpoon. Ariel reminds Eric to look out while Ursula commands Flotsam and Jetsam to drown him.
Eric swims to shore but is pulled by Flotsam and Jetsam, while Flounder and Sebastian witness the commotion. Amid the chaos, Ursula attempts to use the trident to destroy Eric, but a furious Ariel intervenes and stops Ursula by pulling on her hair, causing her to miss Eric and kill Flotsam and Jetsam instead, reducing them to ashes.
Ursula mourns their loss before vengefully turning to the ones responsible. As Ariel hurries to join Eric, the enraged Ursula spouts black ink and begins to enlarge herself. Ariel attempts to tell Eric to save himself, but he refuses to abandon her, just as Ursula's gigantic form emerges, leaving Eric and Ariel helpless to her power. During her rampage, Ursula creates a whirlpool, raising shipwrecks from the ocean floor.
Eric pulls himself into the ship with a splintered bowsprit. Just as Ursula prepares to destroy Ariel with the trident's blasts, Eric saves Ariel and kills Ursula by ramming a splintered bowsprit towards the evil witch's abdomen. Ursula dies by blowing up into a scattered mass of organs. While Ariel is safe from harm, Eric makes it to the shore and passes out on the beach. After Ursula is murdered and her remains sink to the ocean floor, her curse is removed from the merfolk in her garden, as well as King Triton, and peace is once again restored to the ocean now that Triton has regained his crown, trident, and kingdom.
Back on the surface, Triton observes Ariel looking at Eric and realizes she really does love him. After talking with Sebastian, Triton decides that he has to let Ariel be free to lead her own life and tells Sebastian that he will miss her. He then transforms her once more into a human - this time permanently.
Triton sends Ariel to Eric. Eric asks Ariel to marry him, they finally kiss, and the two are immediately wed shortly after. At this ceremony, after Ariel and Eric are married onboard the wedding ship, Ariel bids her friends and family, including her six older sisters, her father Triton, Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle, goodbye to live her new life in Eric's world. The film ends with Ariel and Eric kissing as the screen fades to black.
He presented a two-page draft of a movie based on The Little Mermaid to CEO Michael Eisner , who passed it over because at that time the studio was in development on a sequel to Splash. That year, Clements and Great Mouse Detective co-director John Musker expanded the two-page idea into a page rough script, eliminating the role of the mermaid's grandmother and expanding the roles of the Merman King and the sea witch. He proposed changing the minor character Clarence, the English-butler crab, to a Jamaican Rastafarian crab and shifting the music style throughout the film to reflect this.
At the same time, Katzenberg, Clements, Musker, and Ashman changed the story format to make Mermaid like an animated Broadway musical. Ashman and Alan Menken teamed up to compose the entire soundtrack. In , with Oliver out of the way, Mermaid was slated as the next major Disney release. More money and resources were dedicated to Mermaid than any other Disney animated film in decades. The artistic manpower needed for Mermaid required Disney to farm out most of the bubble-drawing in the film to Pacific Rim Productions, a China-based firm with production facilities in Beijing.
Originally, Keane had been asked to work on Ursula, as he had established a reputation for drawing large, powerful figures the bear in The Fox and the Hound , Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective. Keane, however, was assigned as one of the two lead artists on the petite, charming Ariel, and oversaw the "Part of Your World" musical number.
Another first for recent years was that live actors and actresses were filmed for reference material for the animators. Not all of Disney's animators approved the use of live-action reference; one artist quit the project over the issue. An attempt to use Disney's famed multiplane camera for the first time in years for quality "depth" shots failed because the machine was reputedly in a dilapidated condition.
Though the park opened to the public a year later, work at the animation studio began in May , and the Disney-MGM facility's first projects were to produce an entire Roger Rabbit cartoon short, and contribute ink and paint support to Mermaid. The Little Mermaid is the last Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation. A CAPS prototype was used experimentally in a few scenes in Mermaid , including the final wedding scene.
Other CGI includes some wrecked ships in the final battle, a staircase behind a shot of Ariel in Eric's castle, and the carriage Eric and Ariel are riding in when she bounces it over a ravine notice that the wheels do not move when it comes down for a landing. The film contains 10 songs in total; including three reprises with lyrics by Howard Ashman and a score by Alan Menken , his first Disney film he composed.
A soundtrack was released for the film on October 13, , and was met with great praise and accolades. The soundtrack would be re-released in as well. The Little Mermaid was released to rave reviews upon its initial release. It quickly became a cultural phenomenon, with many critics hailing it as a return to the quality filmmaking Disney animation was known for during the days of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. The site's consensus reads " The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences".
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Ursula, the sea witch, makes a devious deal with Princess Ariel allowing her to meet Eric, the human prince she loves. Unaware of her true intentions, Ariel lands herself in trouble. The Little Mermaid is a American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. The 28th Disney. The Little Mermaid is an upcoming American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman and David Magee.