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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 film by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy. Tagline


DialogueEdit

[Scuttle shows Ariel and Flounder a pipe for smoking]
Scuttle: I haven't seen this in years, this is wonderful. A banded, bulbous snarfblatt.
Ariel and Flounder: Oh!
Scuttle: Now, the snarfblatt dates back to prehistorical times when humans used to sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring. So they invented this snarfblatt to make fine music. Allow me. [blows it, only to have seaweed and water come out]
Ariel: [remembering] Music?
Scuttle: [coughs] It's stuck!
Ariel: Oh, the concert! Oh my gosh, my father's gonna kill me!

Ursula: Yes. Hurry home, princess. We wouldn't want to miss old daddy's celebration, huh? Would we? [scoffs] Celebration, indeed. Oh, BAH! In my day, we had fantastical feasts, when I lived in the palace. [eats shrimp] And now, look at me. Wasted away to practically nothing. Banished and exiled and practically starving! While he and his flimsy fish folk celebrate. Well, I'll give 'em something to celebrate soon enough. [to her eels] Flotsam! Jetsam! I want you to keep an extra close watch on this pretty little daughter of his. She may be the key to Triton's undoing.

Triton: You went up to the surface again, didn't you? Didn't you?!
Ariel: Nothing happened.
Triton: [exasperatedly] Ariel, how many times must we go through this? You could've been seen by one of those barbarians. By... By one of those... humans!
Ariel: Daddy, they're not barbarians!
Triton: They are dangerous! Do you think I want to see my youngest daughter snared by some fish-eater's hook?!
Ariel: I'm 16 years old! I'm not a child anymore!
Triton: Don't you take that tone of voice with me, young lady! As long as you live under my ocean, you'll obey my rules!
Ariel: But if you would just listen!
Triton: NOT another word! And I am never, NEVER to hear of you going to the surface again! IS THAT CLEAR?!
(Ariel disappointedly swims away)
Sebastian: Teenagers. Dey think dey know everything. You give dem an inch, dey swim all over you.
Triton: Do you think I was too hard on her?
Sebastian: Definitely not! Why, if Ariel was my daughter, I'd show her who was boss! None o' dis flitting to the surface and other such nonsense. No, sir! I'd keep her under tight control.
Triton: [smiles] You're absolutely right, Sebastian.
Sebastian: Of course.
Triton: Ariel needs constant supervision.
Sebastian: Constant.
Triton: Someone to watch over her. To keep her out of trouble.
Sebastian: All da time.
Triton: And YOU are just the crab to do it!

Triton: [confronts Ariel in her grotto] I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules and I expect those rules to be obeyed.
Ariel: But Dad, I...!
Triton: Is it true you rescued a human from drowning?!
Ariel: Daddy, I had to.
Triton: Contact between the human world and the mer world is strictly forbidden! Ariel, you know that! Everyone knows that!
Ariel: He would've died!
Triton: One less human to worry about.
Ariel: [angrily] You don't even know him!
Triton: Know him? I don't have to know him! They're all the same: Spineless, savage, harpooning fish-eaters, incapable of any feeling.
Ariel: Daddy, I love him! [gasps, as she has accidentally slipped the truth]
Triton: [shocked] No. Have you lost your senses completely?! He's a human! You're a mermaid!
Ariel: I don't care!
Triton: So help me, Ariel, I am going to get through to you. And if this is the only way, so be it!
[He proceeds to destroy most of the grotto with his magic trident]

Ariel: If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again.
Ursula: That's right. But you'll have your man. Life's full of tough choices, innit?

Scuttle: Ariel, I was flying... of course I was flying. I saw- I saw the watch- the witch was watching the mirror and she was singing with a stolen set of pipes. Do you hear what I'm telling you? The prince is marrying the seawitch in disguise!
Sebastian: Are you sure about this?
Scuttle: Have I ever been wrong? [beat] I mean, when it's important?

Triton: She really does love him, doesn't she, Sebastian?
Sebastian: Well, it's like I always say, your majesty, children got to be free to lead their own life.
Triton: You always say that?
[Sebastian smiles sheepishly]
Triton: Then I guess there's just one problem left.
Sebastian: And what's that, your majesty?
Triton: How much I'm going to miss her.
[Sebastian stares at him in surprise as Triton uses his magic to turn Ariel into a human]

SongsEdit

Daughters of TritonEdit

Ah, we are the daughters of Triton
Great father who loves us and named us well?
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana,
And then there is the youngest in her musical debut
Our seventh little sister, we're presenting her to you
To sing a song Sebastian wrote
Her voice is like a bell
She's our sister, Ari--

Part of Your WorldEdit

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl,
The girl who has everything?
Look at this trove, treasures untold,
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Lookin' around here you'd think,
'Sure, she's got everything.'

Under the SeaEdit

Sebastian: Ariel, listen to me. The human world, it's a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there!
[sings] The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake,
You dream about going up there,
But that is a big mistake.
Just look at the world around you,
Right here on the ocean floor.
Such wonderful things around you.
What more is you lookin' for?
Under the Sea, under the sea.
Darlin', it's better, down where it's wetter.
Take it from me.
Up on the shore, they work all day.
Out in the sun they slave away,
While we devoting full time to floating
Under the sea.

Part of Your World RepriseEdit

Ariel: What would I give to live where you are?
What would I pay, to stay here beside you?
What would I do to see you smiling at me?
Where would we walk?
Where would we run?
If we could stay all day in the sun
Just you and me
And I could be
Part of your world
I don't know when
I don't know how
But I know something's starting right now
Watch and you'll see
Someday I'll be
Part of your world

Poor Unfortunate SoulsEdit

Ursula: The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself.
Ariel: Can you do that?
Ursula: My dear sweet child, that's what I do. It's what I live for, to help unfortunate merfolk, like yourself. Poor souls with no one else to turn to.
[sings] I admit that in the past I've been a nasty.
They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch.
But you'll find that nowadays,
I've mended all my ways,
Repented, seen the light and made a switch.
True? Yes!
And I fortunately know a little magic,
It's a talent that I always have possessed.
And here lately, please don't laugh,
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, lonely, and depressed--
Pathetic!
Poor unfortunate souls,
In pain, in need.
This one longing to be thinner,
That one wants to get the girl,
And do I help them? Yes, indeed!

Les PoissonsEdit

Louis:
Les poissons, les poissons
How I love les poissons
Love to chop up and to serve little fish
First I cut off their heads
Then I pull out their bones
Ah, mais oui, ca c'est
Toujours delish.

Kiss the GirlEdit

Sebastian: Percussion, strings, winds, words...
There you see her
Sitting there across the way
She don't got a lot to say
But there's something about her
And you don't know why
But you're dying to try
You wanna kiss the girl

Vanessa's SongEdit

Vanessa:
What a lovely little bride I'll make, my dear, I'll look divine.
Things are working out according to my ultimate design.
Soon I'll have that little mermaid and the ocean will be mine!!

Cast (voices)Edit

TaglinesEdit

  • Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.
  • Love has no boundaries.

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