The Little Mermaid Trivia
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Thanks to BigTyApparently, Disney was forced to change the original package covering after a "concerned" mother complained that one of the towers in the castle resembled an organ of the male anatomy. That would be why the original cover is no longer available.
Thanks to Steven MurraySome media lecturers have excused the film of being sexcist because at first Ariel can't speak and can be viewed only as a thing of beauty. I argued against this in my media class; Ariel saves Eric's life twice while he saves her's once, and it is Ariel who judges Eric on his looks without knowing him. I got an A*.
Thanks to Steven MurrayIn the original story-book version. The little Mermaid doesn't kiss her prince and is turned into the foam on the waves forever more by the evil witch. This was changed, thankly, for the Disney movie.
Thanks to Kathy EvansChristopher Daniel Barnes (a.k.a. C.D. Barnes) who was the voice of Prince Eric, in 1986 played the role of Scott Hayden, Jr. in the TV show "Starman", alongside co-star Robert Hays. (The character of Scott Hayden Jr. was the child conceived by Starman and Jenny Hayden in the 1984 movie.)
Thanks to C.T. WarrenJodi "Ariel" Benson has been doing voices for almost 20 years, but only once in a Disney film has she been seen on camera! She had a cameo as Patrick Dempsey's secretary in the 2007 hit "Enchanted".
Thanks to LoverswithCassieGerrit Graham, who was responsible for additional dialogue, provided additional voices uncredited.
Rewind ArchiveJodi Benson and Howard Ashman (writer) had prior connections to the Walt Disney Company in a rather opaque way. Benson starred in a Broadway musical version of Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie "Smile", a film about beauty pageants. Howard Ashman wrote several songs for this adaptation, including a song called "Disneyland", about a pageant entrant's memories of watching the "Disneyland" program of the 1950s.
Rewind ArchiveEric was voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes, who was at the time the US national teenage spokesperson for the environmental organization GreenPeace.
Thanks to Micheala Loves 80sJodi Benson, who does Ariel's voice also provided the voices for the barbie dolls in 'Toy Story Two'.
Thanks to Jonathan LimVeteran voice actor Frank Welker provided some of the extra voices, he also voiced Freddy on "Scooby-Doo" and hundreds of other cartoon roles.
Rewind ArchiveSebastian's full name is Horatio Felonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian.
Thanks to NicoleIn the beginning of the movie when King Triton is being introduced before the concert you can see Mickey, Donald, & Goofy watching in the audience.
Rewind ArchiveAriel is one of seven sisters: Her sisters names are: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, and Alana.
Thanks to John Edward KilduffThis movie has been analyzed by some to be representative of the 'alternative relationship' experience (the longing to be "Part Of Your World" and so forth). For an interesting analysis of this and the other Ashman/Disney musicals ("Beauty And The Beast" and "Aladdin"), consult Sean Griffin's excellent book "Tinker Belles And Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company From The Inside Out".
Rewind ArchiveThis was the last Disney animated feature to be painted by hand. 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds. Over one million drawings were done in total.
Rewind ArchiveAriel's treasure cave includes the painting "Magdalene with The Smoking Flame" by 17th century artist Georges de La Tour
Thanks to Jonathan LimAt the beginning of the film, when King Triton passes over the audience of merpeople, in the lower right corner are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.
Thanks to Jonathan LimWalt Disney Television Animation released a "Little Mermaid" spinoff cartoon series in 1992. In fact, both the cartoon series and the movie itself were produced simultaneously and it was originally planned to release the series first.
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