The Little Mermaid (1989) Poster

Samuel E. Wright: Sebastian



  • 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 : [Nods in agreement] 

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

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

    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

  • Sebastian : Hm. Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.

  • Sebastian : The newt play the flute / The carp play the harp / The plaice play the bass / And they soundin' sharp / The bass play the brass / The chub play the tub / The fluke is the duke of soul.

    Fluke : Yeah!

    Sebastian : The ray he can play / The ling's on the strings / The trout's rocking out / The blackfish she sings / The smelt and the sprat / They know where it's at / And oh, that blowfish blow! Ha ha!

  • [Ariel's turned herself into a human] 

    Sebastian : Just look at her! On legs! On human legs!


    Sebastian : My nerves are shot. This is a catastrophe! What would her father say? I'll tell you what her father'd say. He'd say he's gonna kill himself a crab, that's what her father'd say! I'm gonna march meself home and tell him right this minute

    [Ariel scoops him up and starts shaking her head frantically] 

    Sebastian : And don't you shake your head at me, young lady! Maybe there's still time. If we could get that witch to give you back your voice, you could go home with all the normal fish and just be.

    [Ariel's face falls] 

    Sebastian : Just be. Just be miserable for the rest of your life.

    [sighs, defeated] 

    Sebastian : Alright, alright, I'll try to help you find that prince.

    [Ariel, overjoyed, kisses him] 

    Sebastian : Boy. What a softshell I'm turning out to be.

  • Sebastian : Ariel, listen to me. The human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.


    Sebastian : The seaweed is always greener / In somebody else's lake / You dream about going up there / But that is a big mistake / Just look at the world around you / Right here on the ocean floor / Such wonderful things around you / What more is you lookin' for? / Under the sea / Under the sea / Darlin', it's better / Down where it's wetter / Take it from me / Up on the shore they work all day / Out in the sun they slave away / While we devotin' / Full time to floating / Under the sea!

  • 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.

    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] 

  • Sebastian : Jeez, mon, I'm surrounded by amateurs. You want something done, you've got to do it yourself.

    [speaking in a low, seductive voice] 

    Sebastian : First, we've to create the mood.

    [transitioning from speech to song] 

    Sebastian : Percussion. Strings. Winds. Words.

    [singing "Kiss the Girl"] 

    Sebastian : There you see her / Sitting there across the way / She don't got a lot to say / But there's something about her / And you don't know why / But you're dying to try / You wanna kiss the girl.

  • Sebastian : Down here all the fish is happy / As off to the waves they roll / The fish on the land ain't happy / They sad 'cause they in the bowl / But fish in the bowl is lucky / They in for a worser fate / One day when the boss get hungry.

    Fish : Guess who gonna be on the plate?

  • Sebastian : Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor.

  • Sebastian : This has got to be, without a doubt, the single most humiliating day of my life!

    [Ariel pats him on the head] 

    Sebastian : I hope that you appreciate what I go through for you, young lady! Now, we got to make a plan to get that boy to kiss you. Tomorrow, when he takes you for that ride, you gotta look your best! You gotta bat your eyes, like this.

    [does so] 

    Sebastian : You gotta pucker up your lips, like this...

    [does so, notices that Ariel has fallen asleep. He sighs, and blows out the candle] 

    Sebastian : You are hopeless, child. You know that. Completely hopeless.

  • Sebastian : Are you sure about this?

    Scuttle : Have I ever been wrong? I mean when it's important!

  • Triton : Do you think I was too hard on her?

    Sebastian : Definitely not! Why, if Ariel was my daughter, I'd show her who was boss. None of this flitting to the surface and other such nonsense. No, sir! I'd keep her under tight control.

    Triton : You're absolutely right, Sebastian.

    Sebastian : Of course.

    Triton : Ariel needs constant supervision.

    Sebastian : Constant.

    Triton : Someone to watch over her, to keep her out of trouble.

    Sebastian : All the time.

    Triton : And you are just the crab to do it.

  • Scuttle : Well, look at what the catfish dragged in!


    Scuttle : Look at ya! Look at ya! There's something different. Don't tell me. I got it. It's your hairdo, right? You've been using the dinglehopper, right?

    [Ariel shakes her head] 

    Scuttle : No? No, huh? Well, let me see. New seashells? No new seashells. I gotta admit, I can't put my foot on it right now, but if I just stand here long enough, I should...

    Sebastian : She's got legs, you idiot! She traded her voice to the sea witch and got legs! Geez, mon!

    Scuttle : I knew that.

    Flounder : Ariel's been turned into a human. She'll have to make the prince fall in love with her, and he's gotta he's gotta kiss her.

    Sebastian : And she's only got three days!

  • Triton : I'm really looking forward to this performance, Sebastian.

    Sebastian : Your Majesty. This will be the finest concert I have ever conducted. Your daughters, they will be spectacular!

    Triton : Yes, and especially my little Ariel.

    Sebastian : Yes, yes. She has the most beautiful voice. Hmm?

    [to himself] 

    Sebastian : If only she'd show up for rehearsals once in a while.

  • Triton : Sebastian, I'm concerned about Ariel. Have you noticed she's been acting peculiar lately?

    Sebastian : Oh! Uh, peculiar?

    Triton : You know, mooning about, daydreaming, singing to herself. You haven't noticed, hmm?

    Sebastian : Oh, well I.

    Triton : Sebastian.

    Sebastian : Hmm?

    Triton : I know you've been keeping something from me.

    Sebastian : Keeping something?

    Triton : About Ariel?

    Sebastian : [Stops his knees from shaking]  Ariel?

    Triton : In love? Hmm?

    Sebastian : I tried to stop her, sir! She wouldn't listen! I told her to stay away from humans! They are bad! They are trouble! They are.

    Triton : Humans? What about humans?

    Sebastian : Humans?

    [Chuckles nerviously] 

    Sebastian : Who said anything about humans?

  • Sebastian : Ariel, you're under a lot of pressure down here. Come with me, I'll take you home and get you something warm to drink.

  • Prince Eric : You know, I feel really bad not knowing your name. Maybe I can guess. Is it, uh Mildred?

    [Ariel looks disgusted] 

    Prince Eric : Okay, no. How about Diana? Rachel?

    Sebastian : [Whispering]  Ariel. Her name's Ariel.

    Prince Eric : Ariel?

    [Ariel nods] 

    Prince Eric : Ariel? Oh. That's kind of pretty. Okay, Ariel.

  • Sebastian : Ariel, please! Will you get your head out of the clouds and back in the water where it belongs?

  • 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] 

  • Sebastian : Like I always say, Your Majesty, "children have got to be free to lead their own lives."

    Triton : You always say that, Sebastian?

    Sebastian : [nervous]  Tee-hee.

    Triton : Well I guess there's one problem left.

    Sebastian : And what's that, Your Majesty?

    Triton : How much I'm going to miss her.

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