the Little Mermaid
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Ariel and her friend, Scuttle, a goofy seagull, and their friend
Flounder are the stars in the delightful Disney film, The Little Mermaid.
The story loosely follows the story written by Hans Christian Anderson
of The Little Mermaid.
Ariel finds there is a life above sea and despite the warnings of her dad,
King Triton who is ruler of the merpeople, Ariel keeps going back to the
surface of the sea.
There, Scuttle helps Ariel collect human artifacts.
King Triton assigns Sebastian, a crab and also the court musician to
look after Ariel. Ariel with the help of Scuttle and her best friend,
Flounder have been stashing away the artifacts which Sebastian soon
finds out, but out of sympathy doesn't reveal this to King
One night, Ariel and Flounder go to the surface to watch fireworks
for celebration of Prince Eric. A violent storm arises and Eric's
ship is destroyed. Eric almost drowns, but is saved by Ariel,
but doesn't know it.
Eric wakes up with the sound of the lovely mermaid's voice in his mind
and Ariel floats around undersea with the image of Eric floating in her
King Triton learns of Ariel's love for a human, which is forbidden and
destroys Ariel's treasures.
In the meantime, Ursula the sea witch has been watching the whole scene
and has also been waiting for many years to seek revenge on King Triton
for banishing her from the kingdom.
Ursula sends her pet eels, Flotsam and Jetsam to bring Ariel to her
underwater cave. There, Ursula makes a deal with the princess to
transform Ariel into human form for three days.
Within these three days, she must give Eric a kiss, or she will became
a mermaid again and Ursula will own her soul.
Under Ursula's spell, Ariel becomes human, but loses her voice, which
is the only thing that Eric remembers about her.
In the prince's palace, Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle try to get Ariel
and Eric to kiss, which Ursula doesn't want to have happen.
Ursula casts a spell on herself and becomes a beautiful maiden herself
with Ariel's voice, that is encased in a conch shell....then casts another
spell of enchantment on Eric who arranges a marriage.
Sebastian runs to inform Triton, while Scuttle, Flounder, and Eric's
sheepdog Max stall the wedding. Vanessa is distracted, and the conch
shell broken, restoring Ariel's voice to her. Realizing that Ariel
was the girl who saved him the night of his celebration, Eric
rushes to kiss her, but it's too late and Ariel turns back into a mermaid.
King Triton finds Ursula and watches as she begins to destroy Ariel.
Triton then makes a deal...his soul for Ariel's which Urusla readily takes.
Ursula declares herself ruler of the sea. Ariel tries to stop her, and
accidentally causes Ursula to destroy her pet eels.
An enraged Ursula transforms into a giant and attempts to destroy Ariel.
Eric sails out to sea and joins Ariel in the fight against Ursula.
Ursula drags a sunken ship from the bottom of the ocean to stop Eric,
but he jumps on the ship and rams it through the giant's heart,
With Ursula dead, King Triton and all her other owned souls are
changed back into merpeople.
King Triton gives in and Ariel is permanently changed into a human,
so her and Eric can marry. Both humans and merpeople turn out
for the wedding, and Triton accepts Eric as a part of the family.
Eric and Ariel sail away into the sunset to live happily ever after.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Roger Allers (story)
Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale)
Cast and Voices
Jodi Benson .... Ariel
Christopher Daniel Barnes .... Eric
Pat Carroll .... Ursula
Jason Marin .... Flounder
Samuel E. Wright .... Sebastian
Kenneth Mars .... Triton
Buddy Hackett .... Scuttle
Runtime: 83 min
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