“The Little Mermaid” is a Disney animated film released in 1989. It is based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The film tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid who dreams of becoming human and exploring the world above the sea. Along her journey, she encounters Prince Eric, with whom she falls in love, and makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to gain legs and pursue her desires.
- Jodi Benson provides the voice of Ariel, capturing her youthful spirit and longing for a different life.
- Christopher Daniel Barnes voices Prince Eric, the human prince who captures Ariel’s heart.
- Pat Carroll lends her voice to Ursula, the villainous sea witch who manipulates Ariel.
- Other notable voice actors include Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian (Ariel’s crab friend and advisor), Buddy Hackett as Scuttle (a seagull), and Rene Auberjonois as Chef Louis.
- “The Little Mermaid” was a critical and commercial success, revitalizing Disney’s animated film division, which was experiencing a decline at the time.
- The film grossed over $211 million worldwide at the box office, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1989.
- The success of the film extended beyond the box office. It also won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song (“Under the Sea”) and Best Original Score.
- The soundtrack of “The Little Mermaid” became immensely popular, selling millions of copies and featuring iconic songs such as “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”
- The film’s success led to a resurgence of Disney animated films known as the “Disney Renaissance” era, which included subsequent classics like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.”
“The Little Mermaid” has had a lasting impact on popular culture and remains a beloved Disney classic. It has been adapted into stage musicals, television series, and has inspired a wide range of merchandise, including dolls, clothing, and theme park attractions.