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The Little Mermaid Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Rene Auberjonois, Rene Auberjonois, Rene Auberjonois, and Rene Auberjonois. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Menken Best Original Song 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Menken Best Original Score 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Score 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Song 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Howard Ashman Best Original Song 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Howard Ashman Best Song 1989 Winner

Crew

Ron Clements
Director
John Musker
Director
Ron Clements
Screenwriter
John Musker
Screenwriter
Howard Ashman
Songwriter
Howard Ashman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Ashman
Composer (Music Score)
Robby Merkin
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Menken
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Menken
Songwriter
John Carnochan
Editor
Mark Hester
Editor
Maureen Donley
Production Designer
Michael A. Peraza, Jr.
Art Director
Howard Ashman
Co-producer
John Musker
Co-producer
Maureen Donley
Associate Producer
Mark Dindal
Special Effects
Rob Minkoff
Animator
Matthew O'Callaghan
Animator
Mark Henn
Animator
Duncan Marjoribanks
Animator
Andreas Deja
Animator
Glen Keane
Animator
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