The Little Mermaid

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Overview

Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm's reputation as the world's premiere animated-feature factory. The title character is a precocious teenager named Ariel, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Against her dad's wishes, Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, a handsome human. Foolishly, the little mermaid enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order to become human herself....
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Overview

Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable firm's reputation as the world's premiere animated-feature factory. The title character is a precocious teenager named Ariel, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Against her dad's wishes, Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, a handsome human. Foolishly, the little mermaid enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order to become human herself. The wistfully melancholy ending of the original Hans Christian Andersen story is dispensed with in favor of a joyously happy ending-but not before a spectacular climactic confrontation between Ursula and Triton. The obligatory Disney comic relief is handled by such freshly minted characters as Sebastian the Crab, who, courtesy of voiceover artist Samuel E. Wright, sings the film's Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." Other voices are provided by Broadway star Jodi Benson as Ariel and such Hollywood reliables as Buddy Hackett, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, and Rene Auberjonois. The enormous box-office take of The Little Mermaid made possible such future Disney cartoon ventures as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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Special Features

Part of her world: Jodi Benson's voyage to Fantasyland; 2 deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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Welcome back, Disney. After numerous colossal missteps by its animation department during the 20 years since The Jungle Book, arguably its last unqualified hit (though some would support The Rescuers from 1977), the studio realized the key to regaining relevance would be an old-fashioned romantic fantasy that would seize the hearts of young girls. And did it ever -- the target audience looked up to Ariel so completely that numerous dolls, pets, and babies coming into being circa 1990 were given her name. Of course, having been mired in dark and expensive misfires like The Black Cauldron for much of the previous decades, Disney didn't have all the details right just yet. For one, a number of critics carped that Ariel was little more than a weakly developed pretty face who relied too heavily on men. The characterization of Ursula, the imaginative but utterly grotesque sea monster villain, added some fuel to the fire. But gender bias has been a knock on Disney for years, and The Little Mermaid boasts enough other strengths for this complaint to fade into the background. Chief among them is the odyssey of aquatic colors that brings bursting life to Ariel's underwater family of happy fish and crustaceans. The two Oscar-nominated songs, "Under the Sea" (which won) and "Kiss the Girl," became the standard bearers for the grand-scale production numbers in numerous Disney films to come. In fact, the delightfully accented lead vocals by Sam Wright (as Sebastian the crab) are so intoxicating, and the corresponding visuals so rich, that these evolve beyond classic soundtrack songs to the level of classic songs, period. They alone justify a viewing of the film that revived one of the 20th century's most powerful enterprises.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 786936834994
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 521

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodi Benson Voice Only
Pat Carroll Voice Only
Sam Wright Voice Only
Kenneth Mars Voice Only
Buddy Hackett Voice Only
Jason Marin Voice Only
Christopher Daniel Barnes Voice Only
René Auberjonois Voice Only
Charlie Adler Voice Only
Charles Adler Voice Only
Jack Angel Voice Only
Susan Boyd Voice Only
Steve Bulen Voice Only
Hamilton Camp Voice Only
Nancy Cartwright Voice Only
Philip L. Clarke Voice Only
Jennifer Darling Voice Only
Allan Davies Voice Only
Paddi Edwards Voice Only
Gail Farrell Voice Only
Donny Gerrard Voice Only
Ed Gilbert Voice Only
Gerritt Graham Voice Only
Willie Greene Jr. Voice Only
Linda Harmon Voice Only
Walter S. Harrah Voice Only
Phillip Ingram Voice Only
Luana Jackman Voice Only
William Kanady Voice Only
Edie Lehmann Voice Only
Anne Lockhart Voice Only
Sherry Lynn Voice Only
Melissa MacKay Voice Only
Guy Maeda Voice Only
Lynn Dolin Mann Voice Only
Arne B. Markussen Voice Only
Edie McClurg Voice Only
Mickie T. McGowan Voice Only
Gene J. Merlino Voice Only
Lewis Morford Voice Only
Kathleen O'Connor Voice Only
Patrick Pinney Voice Only
Marilyn Powell Voice Only
Gloria Grace Prosper Voice Only
Michael Redman Jr. Voice Only
Will Ryan Voice Only
Debbie Shapiro Voice Only
Sally Stevens Voice Only
Robert Tebow Voice Only
Joe Turano Voice Only
Jackie Ward Voice Only
Robert Weil Voice Only
Bobbi White Voice Only
Ben Wright Voice Only
Robert S. Zwirn Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director, Screenwriter
John Musker Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Ruben A. Aquino Animator
Howard Ashman Score Composer, Songwriter, Co-producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
John Carnochan Editor
Andreas Deja Animator
Mark Dindal Special Effects
Maureen Donley Associate Producer, Production Designer
Mark Henn Animator
Mark Hester Editor
Jay Jackson Animator
Glen Keane Animator
Duncan Marjoribanks Animator
Alan Menken Score Composer, Songwriter
Robby Merkin Score Composer
Rob Minkoff Animator
Matthew O'Callaghan Animator
Michael A. Peraza Jr. Art Director
Donald A. Towns Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Little Mermaid
1. "Fathoms Below" [2:17]
2. Main Titles [1:29]
3. Sebastian's Concert [2:04]
4. The Sunken Ship [3:04]
5. Scuttle [1:52]
6. Ursula Watches Ariel [4:12]
7. "Part Of Your World" [4:03]
8. To The Surface [3:13]
9. Storm At Sea [2:57]
10. Eric Is Saved [3:50]
11. "Under The Sea" [3:49]
12. Sebastian And King Triton [1:25]
13. Ariel's Hidden Treasure [4:27]
14. Ursula's Lair [1:11]
15. "Poor Unfortunate Souls" [1:37]
16. Ursula's Deal [4:03]
17. In Eric's Kingdom [5:14]
18. Dinner In The Castle [1:25]
19. "Les Poissons" [4:58]
20. A Tour Of The Kingdom [2:14]
21. "Kiss The Girl" [2:53]
22. Ursula Takes Charge [3:16]
23. The Wedding Ship [4:18]
24. Sunset On The Third Day [2:43]
25. Ursula's Wrath [2:44]
26. Happy Ending [2:46]
27. End Credits [4:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Little Mermaid
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Part Of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage To New Fantasyland
      Classic Deleted Scenes
         "Fathoms Below" Alternate Version
         Fight With Ursula/Alternate Ending
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Languages
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Português 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         Subtitles: None
         English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: On
         Français Subtitles: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Português Subtitles: On
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
   Disney Fast Play
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Hey Tito, u mad?

    So, this movie is awesome, it's not porn (although Ariel probably gave me my first mini-woodie), there's nothing wrong with it. Tito, YOU are the problem here. But I have a remedy. Go find a large tub, possibly a bucket or trash can that you can fit in. Fill it with hot burning scalding oil. Proceed to get into the container with the said hot oil. Problem solved. Alternatively, if that's too much work, go find a volcano, heard they are pretty hot too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Bootleg copy. discovered this 4 months after I bought it for my

    Bootleg copy. discovered this 4 months after I bought it for my wife for a christmas present because we hadn't physically opened it and expected it. I generally can tell but the red flag is the movie title, i.e. The Little Mermaid Disc 1 is inscribed on the inside of the disc. Never buy a disney movie unless it's directly from disney or retail store like walmart, target, frys, etc. second time this has happen. Aladdin was too. both purchased from this website from a reputable seller will all positive ratings. I will be shocked if I get a refund. Scum man.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another good one!

    This is yet another great classic from Disney. The plot was interesting with fun and memorable songs that will stay in your mind for a while. My only issue with the movie was the immediate feeling of "love" from our 16 year old heroine. But things worked out for them in the end, so I really can't complain too much! ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    classic disney movie

    I think people of all ages are able to appreciate this film. I watched this as a young child and I still watch today (I am 25). It is a classic. Every girl identifies with Ariel and the music is amazing. I also have the soundtrack. I recommend this to everyone, especially parents who have young girls at home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite diseny movie as a child

    Little Mermaid was my favorite movie as a child and now im 22 and i still love it This movie isn't just for kids but grownups can enjoy it too The song part of that world is wonderful and Ariel is a redhead which is very odd most mermaids are blondes but this diseny movie is a classic and Sebstation the talking crab is funny and cute so is flounder Funny part the crab Seabastion yells She's got legs you idot!! and king Triton yells Humans What about Humans?!! Lol This is a great diseny movie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Ever

    I Loved it!!! Last time I saw it was before my grandmother gave her edition away. Back then it was a video, now its a DVD. This movie is one of the treasures of my disney's collection. It's sweet, thrilling, romantic, and filled with dreams. Perfect for a gift!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, but poor quality

    As a movie (art, design, music, etc.) I adore it. It was a favourite of mine growing up, and still is, but, I cannot say that I like this DVD. As usual, Disney's digital restorations are poorly done. There isn't much difference, but their reds were poorly handled, turning pink in the strangest moments, becoming ultra-bright, or becoming a very bloody red. They had the same problem with Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, and Alice In Wonderland. I guess that I cannot reccomend any of Disney's current rereleases for fear of other colour sensitive people buying them then wishing that they could bang their head against the wall. It's still a great movie, but the quality is worse than that of the video. If you can, get it on VHS. By the way, I returned my copy of this DVD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mer-world still charming

    Ariel's hair is tragically dated, yet the film remains timeless and fundamentally charming. The world of the mer-people is somewhat paradoxical because, of course first of all, they themselves are incapable of being catagorized biologically and thanks to the magic of the english language which works perfectly underwater, they have no problem communicating with the humans. Besides all that, what I am still bothered by is the lack of information about the mer-people's culture. The king rules them, but we hardly see any of them. There is somewhat of a reason for this, but it is only touched upon briefly. The other thing I noticed this much more recent viewing, is how overwhelmingly white the mer-world is. Of course, it is supposed to take place in unspecified historical Europe, but that doesn't explain why the mer-people speak the exact same language that the humans do. But nevert

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Hard to find. My granddaughter wanted this.Was very glad to find it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A.Solo

    Great movie.Cool songs.Also a great movie for the family.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    An Enchanting Mermaid

    A lovely tale of a mermaid who wishes to walk to the land and the twists and turns during the quest to pursue her dreams. A timeless Disney classic featuring memorable songs and a wonderful musical background score.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Inappropriate!!

    This film shouldn't have been made by Disney! It's extremely inappropriate. It has brief nudity and even uses the word "tramp"! No child should be forced to watch this graphic movie, which is one step away from pornography! There was tongue kissing and caressing and even a wedding! This movie should be banned!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A favorite amongst many but I thought it was alright

    I love these kinds of disney movies and thought the little mermaid was alright but not exactly a favorite but either way its still a good buy. for some reason Ariel sort of annoyed me at times. I'm not saying i hate her or the movie. so please don't take offense. flounder was adorable as well as Sebastian. a scene i remembered well that i couldn't help but laugh was when Sebastian tries to not get killed by the Chef. The expressions shown on their faces was hilarious. This is the story of a mermaid who trades her voice for legs and falls for eric.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    the little mermaid is a wonderful story about romance and love finding a way to happen against all the odds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joanna

    I couldn't possibly agree less with Elisabeth down there. I don't think everyone familiar with the original Hans Christian Anderson version of The Little Mermaid would be upset with this version. Certainly some, but not everyone. If you think this movie was too scary for kids, then you couldn't possibly think the original would be suitable, since the mermaid's tongue is cut off, she feels incredible pain like knives when she walks, the prince marries someone else, and instead of killing him with the magic knife, she allows herself to die with the witch's curse. NOW THAT is not suitable for children. I like the Disney happy ending. The music is good, the villian is what she should be, and the prince tries to save her. I love the songs "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World." This is definately one of the best Disney classics ever! The newer Disney movies don't even compare. (At least they're trying to go back to classic tales, and they're currently working on Rapunzel and The Princess and the Frog with the first black princess.) Anyway, this is definately a family movie. I give it the full five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sweetest Disney Movie!

    I've loved "The Little Mermaid" my whole life (I was born the same year it came out) and it's held a place in my heart for many reasons. The story is engaging, magical, and doesn't take itself too seriously - which is actually a good thing. The film itself is chockful of memorable moments. The songs are truly say "Disney" they're of course great. Like "The Swan Princess", "The Little Mermaid" has a nice soft look that's not too hard on the eyes or obsessed with detail. Also like "Swan Princess", this movie features a brave and loving hero, a cunning villain, and a heroine who's outspoken, sweet, and magical. Ariel is easily that good a heroine. Her unique personality (a combination of innocence, courage, and rebelliousness) shines through her gorgeous looks. And instead of wishing for romance, she finds it accidently. Plus, this is probably the first Disney movie where the girl rescues the guy! All in all, this is a sweet movie filled with everything one would expect from Disney.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The little best movie

    Fun under the sea is expressed in this musical movie by catchy tunes and colorful characters. Sixteen year old Ariel and her sidekick Flounder, find themselves overwhelmed with everything to do with the human world. From surfacing to talk to seagulls, and exploring sunken ships they are determined to find out everything possible they can. Disregarding her fathers (King Triton) wishes, Ariel swims up to a ship during a celebration and feasts her eyes on her dream prince. As a storm blows up, she is forced to save him resulting in only making her fall even more in love. Behind her fathers back she visit's the nasty sea witch Ursula's cave and trades her beautiful voice and fins to try and find her prince. Under pressure and limited time, Ariel overcomes obstacles and hardships to convince her prince of love and save her fathers sea kingdom. Winning two Academy Awards and the hearts of many around the world this breathtaking under sea animation is one of Disney's finest pieces. Recommending to all young children, and even the some who have lost touch with their childhood memories, this movie brings to life some of the most rewarding experiences and teenager could live through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Little Mermaid

    One of the very best Disney films. This movie is absolutely stunning and i cannot get enough of it. The music and story line are both great and original. I highly recommend this movie not only to children, but to adults as well. Everyone can enjoy this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disney ruined another plot!

    Yes the movie seems good on the surface, nice songs. But anyone familiar with the little mermaid story will be upset. Again disney has ruined the story line for future generations, and this supports my theory of disney hating women. Think about it, if the female characters are not brutally killed they are dumb, or desperately need some guy and marriage completes them. The last thing I want is to have my toddler obsessed with kissing, dying to get married, and thinking you have to wear a princess dress to be pretty! Not to mention the Villains, do you have to terrify the toddlers! What about the memorable disney phrase that's splattered about "Fish are friends Not food" Thanks for another one disney!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful

    This is easily among my all-time favorite movies--possibly topping the disney list.

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