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Mermaids are supposed to stay under the sea, but Ariel, a headstrong teenager, longs to be part of the magical world on land. When she falls in love with a human prince, Ariel strikes a bargain with the diabolical Sea Witch to win the prince's love. THE LITTLE MERMAID is a beautiful splash of art and music that revived the classic Disney tradition.
1989 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
1989 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner
Ron Clements - Animation Director
Christopher Daniel Barnes - American Teen Actor
C. D. Barnes - American Teen Actor
Will Ryan - ACTOR/VOICE-OVERS
Hans Christian Andersen - Famous Children's Story Writer
Pat Carroll - American Comic Actress
Flounder - LITTLE MERMAID
Edie McClurg - American supporting actress
Kenneth Mars - American Supporting Actor
John Musker - Anim. Director/Screenwriter
Ben Wright - Actor/Journey To...Earth
Buddy Hackett - American Actor/Comedian
Leonard Hacker - American Actor/Comedian
Rene Auberjonois - American Supporting Actor
Mark Hester - Film editor
Ariel - LITTLE MERMAID
Jodi Benson - Actress; voice of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid"
Samuel E. Wright - Narrator/Actor
THE LITTLE MERMAID is Disney's animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a handsome prince whom she rescues from drowning. Disobeying her father, lord of a great sea kingdom, the mermaid makes a deal with an evil enchantress. In exchange for a pair of legs, the mermaid must sacrifice her exquisite voice to the witch, who, unbeknownst to the mermaid, uses it to beguile the prince into marrying her.
Theatrical release: November 17, 1989. Rereleased November 14, 1997. THE LITTLE MERMAID is the 28th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures. Alyssa Milano confirmed to Premiere magazine that her body was used as the inspiration for Ariel. Shot in 70mm; color by Technicolor. THE LITTLE MERMAID is the 28th animated feature to carry the Disney name and was originally released in theaters November 17, 1989. David Dunnet was the layout supervisor and Donald Towns was the backgrounds superior. Budget estimate $20 million. Rated BBFC by the British Board of film censors. The original Hans Christian Anderson story, "Little Mermaid," was published in 1836. 25 special effects artists and animators were used to create the special water effects of the film. Over 400 artists and technicians were used to make the film, overall. The making of the film produced nearly 150,000 painted cells, 1,100 backgrounds, 1 million drawings (including sketches, pencil animations, and layouts) and 7,000 feet of hand-drawn film, and utilized more than 1,000 different colors. The two-and-a-half-minute storm scene in which the prince's ship runs aground took eight weeks to choreograph. Two-thirds of the film is set underwater.
"...Glorious....THE LITTLE MERMAID is a marvel of skillful animation, witty songwriting and smart planning. It is designed to delight filmgoers of every stripe..." - 11/05/1989 New York Times, p.C17
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List - 12/24/1989 New York Times, p.II, 22
"...The animators fill the water with shimmers and sparkles, wraiths of weed and shiny crops of coral, and they create amazing illusions of underwater movement..." - 11/15/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...The songs are fresh, the script is tight..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.110
3 stars out of 4 -- "The 1989 film that ignited the second golden age of Disney animation..." - 10/01/2006 Premiere, p.97