The Little Mermaid (1989 film)
1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation
Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy. Tagline
- [Scuttle shows Ariel and Flounder a tobacco pipe]
- Scuttle: This, 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 into it, only to have seaweed and water come out]
- Ariel: Music!
- Scuttle: [coughs] It's stuck!
- Ariel: Oh, the concert! Oh, my gosh! My father's gonna kill me!
- Flounder: The concert was today?!
- Scuttle: [inspects the "snarfblatt" further] Maybe you can make a little planter out of it or somethin'.
- Ariel: [takes it back] I'm sorry! I've gotta go! Thank you, Scuttle!
- [she and Flounder swim back home]
- Scuttle: Anytime, sweetie! Anytime.
- 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. I was-- Of course I was flying. And I saw the watch-- the witch was watchin' the mirror, and she was singin' with a stolen set of pipes! Do you hear what I'm tellin' you?! The prince is marrying the seawitch in disguise!
- Sebastian: Are you sure about this?
- Scuttle: Have I ever been wrong? 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]
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--
- 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 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
- 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!!
- Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.
- Love has no boundaries.
About The Little Mermaid (1989 film)Edit
- When we first proposed it, we knew that it was going to be really, really challenging. I mean, for a lot of reasons. But one of the big reasons is two-thirds of the movie takes place underwater. All that requires a lot of animation in this animated films. We have character animation. The artist who animate the characters. They’re kind of like actors. We always felt they are actors with a pencil. Glen Keane and Mark Henn who did Ariel. That’s what they do. Then, we have effects animators. Effects animators do the non-character stuff that moves which is like water waves or bubbles. Or fire or smoke or light effects, if there’s anything that moves that isn’t the character. This probably had more character animation than any Disney movie project since “Fantasia.” This really had a lot of effects, even with the character stuff — like whenever Ariel is underwater, her hair has to move all the time. Hair moving underwater is tricky. We had a lot of meetings about hair. One of the extras in the video is some of the live action footage that we shot for reference to see the hair floating.
- You see at the heart of it, “The Little Mermaid” is the father-daughter story. It’s an overprotective father. There’s a daughter who is kind of adventurous and rebellious and wanting to see a new world. How do they resolve that? That story is still in place today.