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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
  • G
  • 1h 23m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh93%
Common Sense Media Iconage 5+
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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 sea witch 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.
© 1989 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Under the Scenes

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.
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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 The Little Mermaid is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen story and has some scary moments. Ursula the sea witch grows into a giant and wields a trident in a climatic scene. A bloodthirsty French chef merrily chases after Sebastian the crab with a cleaver, hoping to make him the main course. Romance is central to the story, with Ariel sacrificing everything, from her family to her voice, to (hopefully) be with the man she falls in love with at first glance. That aspect has long troubled some viewers. Ariel is a very popular Disney princess with a brand that reaches far and wide.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Educational Value
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:November 17, 1989
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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