The Little Mermaid (1989) Poster


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  • The reason is never made explicit within the movie itself, aside from his assertions that the humans are dangerous. However, related media, such as the direct-to-video prequel and the stage adaptation, link Triton's misanthropy and xenophobia to the death of his wife. Triton blames the humans for her death, and consequently forbids any contact between the merworld and the surface world. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson), daughter of Sea King Triton (voice of Kenneth Mars), dreams of living on land. When she falls in love with human Prince Eric (voice of Christopher Daniel Barnes), she seeks the help of Sea Witch Ursula (voice of Pat Carroll), who agrees to transform her tail into human legs for three days but only at the cost of Ariel's beautiful voice. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • "The Little Mermaid" is actually an 1836 fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The fairy tale was adapted for the film by Disney animation team Ron Clements and John Musker. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Not all the way. She is still wearing her seashell bra. Ariel's entire lower body can be seen briefly while she is still underwater and when Sebastian and Flounder rush her to the surface. However, Ariel is still covered mostly by shadows during this scene. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • When Scuttle discovers that Vanessa is actually Ursula in disguise, Ariel and Flounder (voice of Jason Marin) swim out to the wedding barge, Sebastian (voice of Samuel E. Wright) fetches Triton, and Scuttle attempts to disrupt the wedding with the help of various sea creatures. In the resulting chaos, Max (voice of Frank Welker) bites Ursula, which causes her magical seashell, in which she has stored Ariel's voice, to break away from around her neck. Ariel's voice is returned, and Eric realizes that it is Ariel with whom he is truly in love. Eric rushes to kiss her, but the sun has already set, and Ariel transforms back into a mermaid. Just as Ursula, now back in her true form, grabs Ariel and leaps into the water with her, Triton shows up. He orders Ursula to release his daughter, but Ursula shows him the unbreakable contract that Ariel signed. Instead, Triton offers himself in place of Ariel and is transformed into a polyp. Ursula seizes Trident's crown and trident and uses them to create a huge whirlpool, bringing several sunken ships to the surface. Eric commandeers one of the shipwrecks and, just as Ursula is about to destroy Ariel, rams Ursula with the prow of the ship, killing her. Triton's trident floats to the sea bottom where it turns the polyps (including Triton) in Ursula's garden back into their mer forms. Realizing that Ariel truly loves Eric, Triton uses his power to give her back her legs. In the final scene, Eric and Ariel are married, and Ariel kisses her father goodbye before she goes off to become a part of Eric's world. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes. "The Little Mermaid" is in the public domain. There's an English translation here. Edit (Coming Soon)


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