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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Little Mermaid

If you’re anything like us, you grew up watching The Little Mermaid on repeat. Even though you’ve seen it hundreds of times, did you know these facts about the film?

 

1. In the Hans Christian Andersen story that inspired The Little Mermaid, the sea-witch is not a prominent character. She doesn’t even have a name!
Ursula The Little Mermaid

 

2. To animate the shipwreck and Ursula’s emergence from the sea, the animators studied scenes from Pinocchio involving Monstro.
Hurricane-in-The-Little-Mermaid

Ursula The Little Mermaid

 

3. The blue-green hue of Ariel’s fin was specially mixed by the Disney paint lab—they called the new color “Ariel” in her honor.
Ariel-in-The-Little-Mermaid

 

4. In the opening scene with King Triton, you can see Kermit, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck and hiding in the crowd.
Kermit-in-The-Little-Mermaid

Goofy-Donald-and-Mickey-in-The-Little-Mermaid

 

5. Both Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel) and Pat Carroll (voice of Ursula) said they stole elements of their delivery from the way Howard Ashman performed the songs.
Ariel The Little Mermaid
Ursula-Putting-on-Lipstick The Little Mermaid

 

6. The color of Ariel’s hair was a point of contention amongst the team. The red was chosen in part because red and green are complementary colors, and also because Daryl Hannah had just played a blonde mermaid in the very popular “Splash.”
Ariel's-Red-Hair The Little Mermaid

 

7. In the original development drawings, Ursula was portrayed as a spinefish or a scorpion fish with lots of spikes and spines.
Ursula-Visual-Development-Art

 

8. After the first screening, Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted to cut the song “Part of Your World.” (He admits now that it’s an embarrassing story.)
Ariel-Part-of-Your-World-The-Little-Mermaid

 

9. After being moved to tears by The Little Mermaid, a New Jersey State Trooper called his estranged daughter to repair their relationship. He wrote to Ron Clements (writer/director) to tell him the story.
Ariel-and-King-Triton The Little Mermaid

 

10. The color in the overcast opening scene of the film was deliberately muted because the directors wanted to save bright bursts of color for under the sea.
Prince-Eric-Beginning-of-The-Little-Mermaid

 

11. On the naming of Ariel’s many sisters: Atina was inspired by a musical Alan Menken wrote called “Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy,” Alana was Howard Ashman’s lyrical nod to Alan Menken, and Andrina was the name of one of the director’s aerobics instructors.
Ariel's-Sisters The Little Mermaid

 

12. Alan Menken had never written an underscore for a Disney movie before, so The Little Mermaid was considered his dry run. He thought his first music cue was horrible and was sure he would get fired.
Alan Menken

 

13. The shark’s name is Glut, though it is never mentioned in the film. Originally, Glut was going to return for another fight, only to be defeated by Flounder in a moment of glory, but it got cut out as the story was simplified.
The-Shark-and-Flounder-in-The-Little-Mermaid

 

14. When Flounder is talking about Scuttle, he physically transforms into the seagull for a few frames.
Flounder-as-Scuttle-The-Little-Mermaid

 

15. Many of the sailors dancing on Prince Eric’s ship are caricatures of people from the staff. The man dancing on the platform is reportedly Razoul Azadani, who has worked with Ron Clements and John Musker on several films (recently he was a layout artist on Paperman).
Eric's-Ship-The-Little-Mermaid

 

Were any of these facts new to you?

Posted 3 years Ago
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