The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

John Musker (1989)

U Certificate


Our Score
What a splash this adventure made on its release, marking as it did the beginning of a new golden age of Disney features. The story of the plucky Ariel (who set the tone for a new generation of Disney heroines) features impressive animation and a catchy, show-stopping score by double Academy Award-winning Alan Menken - including the instant hit Under the Sea, sung with Caribbean verve by Sebastian the crab (composer to the court of King Triton and Ariel's reluctant minder). While some scenes could possibly frighten very young children, especially those featuring the loathsome Ursula, this remains an enduring delight.


Underwater princess Ariel becomes bored with her aquatic existence and spends her time spying on humans, much to the annoyance of her father. Longing to live on land, she strikes a deal with a banished sea witch in order to become human and meet a prince - but there is a price to be paid. Disney's animated adventure, with the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes and Rene Auberjonois.

Cast & Crew

Ariel Jodi Benson
Sebastian Samuel E Wright
Flounder Jason Marin
Eric Christopher Daniel Barnes
Ursula Pat Carroll
Carlotta Edie McClurg
Scuttle Buddy Hackett
Triton Kenneth Mars
Grimsby Ben Wright (1)
Louis René Auberjonois
Flotsam and Jetsam Paddi Edwards
Director John Musker
Director Ron Clements
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's Music