The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
  • G
  • 1h 23m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh93%
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Awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colorful characters and two Academy Awards® for score and song, “Under The Sea,” The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most cherished films. Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father’s order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the adorable and chatty Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the hilarious, reggae-singing Caribbean crab, at her side, Ariel must win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom — all in a heart-pounding race against time!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.
New York Daily News
Kathleen Carroll

Audiences of all ages are bound to fall in love with this bubbly, thoroughly enchanting fish story...

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Desmond Ryan

The latest Disney offering looks back to the studio's unrivaled heritage. It has the look of class...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Superb, entertaining animated musical has some scary stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney's full-length animated feature The Little Mermaid, is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen story and has some scary moments. The sea witch grows into a giant and wields a trident in a climatic scene. Also, a bloodthirsty French chef merrily chases after Sebastian the crab with a cleaver, hoping to make him the main course. Parents may also want to keep in mind that Ariel is a very popular Disney princess, whose brand reaches far and wide, with branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:November 17, 1989
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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