Scuttle discovers Vanessa's true identity and informs Ariel, who immediately pursues the wedding barge.
Sebastian informs Triton, and Scuttle disrupts the wedding with the help of various sea animals. In the chaos, the nautilus shell around Ursula's neck is destroyed, restoring Ariel's voice and breaking Ursula's enchantment over Eric. Realizing that Ariel is the girl who saved his life, Eric rushes to kiss her, but the sun sets and Ariel transforms back into a mermaid.
Ursula then kidnaps Ariel. Triton confronts Ursula and demands Ariel's release, but the deal is inviolable. At Ursula's urging, Triton agrees to take Ariel's place as Ursula's prisoner, giving up his trident. Ariel is released as Triton transforms into a polyp and loses his authority over Atlantica. Ursula declares herself the new ruler, but before she can use the trident, Eric intervenes with a harpoon.
Ursula attempts to kill Eric, but Ariel intervenes, causing Ursula to inadvertently kill Flotsam and Jetsam. Enraged, Ursula uses the trident to grow to a monstrous size. Ariel and Eric reunite on the surface just before Ursula grows past and towers over them.
She then gains full control of the entire ocean, creating a storm and bringing sunken ships to the surface. Just as Ursula is about to kill Ariel, Eric steers a wrecked ship towards Ursula, impaling her with its splintered bowsprit killing her. With Ursula dead, Triton and the other polyps in Ursula's garden revert to their original forms. Realizing that Ariel truly loves Eric, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human permanently and approves her marriage to Eric.
Ariel and Eric marry on a ship and depart. The Little Mermaid was originally planned as part of one of Walt Disney 's earliest feature films, a proposed package film featuring vignettes of Hans Christian Andersen tales. Katzenberg passed the project over, because at that time the studio was in development on a sequel to their live-action mermaid comedy Splash and felt The Little Mermaid would be too similar a project.
While in production in the s, the staff found, by chance, original story and visual development work done by Kay Nielsen for Disney's proposed s Andersen feature. That year Clements and Musker expanded the two-page idea into a page rough script, eliminating the role of the mermaid's grandmother and expanding the roles of the Merman King and the sea witch.
He proposed changing the minor character Clarence, the English-butler crab, to a Jamaican crab and shifting the music style throughout the film to reflect this. At the same time, Katzenberg, Clements, Musker, and Ashman revised the story format to make Mermaid a musical with a Broadway-style story structure, with the song sequences serving as the tentpoles of the film. In , with Oliver out of the way, Mermaid was slated as the next major Disney release. More money and resources were dedicated to Mermaid than any other Disney animated film in decades.
Keane, however, was assigned as one of the two lead artists on the petite Ariel and oversaw the "Part of Your World" musical number. He jokingly stated that his wife looks exactly like Ariel "without the fins. The design of the villainous Ursula was based upon drag performer Divine. The underwater setting required the most special effects animation for a Disney animated feature since Fantasia in Effects animation supervisor Mark Dindal estimated that over a million bubbles were drawn for this film, in addition to the use of other processes such as airbrushing , backlighting, superimposition, and some computer animation.
The artistic manpower needed for Mermaid required Disney to farm out most of the underwater bubble effects animation in the film to Pacific Rim Productions, a China-based firm with production facilities in Beijing.
The Little Mermaid is a American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. The 28th . "The Little Mermaid" (Danish: Den lille havfrue) is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The story follows the journey of a young .
The multiplane shots were instead photographed at an outside animation camera facility. The Little Mermaid was the last Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation. Computer-generated imagery was used to create some of the wrecked ships in the final battle, a staircase behind a shot of Ariel in Eric's castle, and the carriage Eric and Ariel are riding in when she bounces it over a ravine. These objects were animated using 3D wireframe models, which were plotted as line art to cels and painted traditionally.
The Little Mermaid was considered by some as "the film that brought Broadway into cartoons". One of the film's most prominent songs, " Part of Your World ", was nearly cut from the film when it seemingly tested poorly with an audience of school children, who became rowdy during the scene.
This caused Jeffrey Katzenberg to feel that the song needed to be cut, an idea that was resisted by Musker, Clements, and Keane.
Both Musker and Clements cited the similar situation of the popular song " Over the Rainbow " nearly being cut from 's The Wizard of Oz when appealing to Katzenberg. Keane pushed for the song to remain until the film was in a more finalized state. During a second test screening, the scene, now colorized and further developed, tested well with a separate child audience, and the musical number was kept. The film was originally released on November 17, , followed by re-release on November 14, After the success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King , Disney announced a 3D re-release of The Little Mermaid scheduled for September 13, ,  but this was cancelled on January 14, , due to the under-performances of other Disney 3D re-releases until further notice.
In a then-atypical and -controversial move for a new Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid was released as part of the Walt Disney Classics line of VHS, Laserdisc , Betamax, and Video 8 home video releases in May , six months after the release of the film.
Following Mermaid 's re-release in theaters, a new VHS version was released in March as part of the Masterpiece Collection and included a bonus music video of Jodi Benson singing "Part of Your World" during the end credits, replacing "Under the Sea" as the end credits song. The performances combined a screening of The Little Mermaid with live accompaniment by guest musicians, including Sara Bareilles who performed as Ariel , Tituss Burgess , Darren Criss , Rebel Wilson and Norm Lewis who performed as King Triton as a reprisal of his role in the stage adaptation.
The four additional songs written for the stage adaptation were also incorporated into the presentation, accompanied by scenes of the film's original concept art. During the third and final performance, Jodi Benson replaced Bareilles to reprise her original role as Ariel, while Brad Kane the singing voice of the title character of Aladdin and Susan Egan who played Belle in the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast also made special appearances, singing songs from their respective films, and a duet of A Whole New World.
On May 16, , ABC announced that it planned to air The Wonderful World of Disney : The Little Mermaid Live , on October 3, , which would have featured a broadcast of the film with a similar concert format aiming to appeal to the recent trend of live made-for-TV productions of Broadway musicals on television. This presentation utilized only one of the songs written for the stage adaptation..
The Little Mermaid received largely positive reviews from critics. The site's consensus reads " The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences". Ariel is a fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny. Yet they also wrote that the film is detracted from by the juvenile humor and the human characters' eyes. While still giving a positive review, they stated that the film "can't compare to the real Disney classics which appealed equally to both kids and adults.
Todd Gilchrist of IGN wrote a positive review of the film, stating that the film is "an almost perfect achievement. He wrote that while there is nothing wrong with the film, it would be difficult for children to identify with Ariel and that the characters seemed bland. Hinson concluded his review saying that the film is "accomplished but uninspiring, The Little Mermaid has enough to please any kid.
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John and Michael the two of them up and take the item to destroy it. Michael Silversher, Patty Silversher. In tears, a muted Ariel heads back to the sea. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters rise out of the water and bring her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long, beautiful hair. The statue was commissioned in by Carl Jacobsen , son of the founder of Carlsberg , after he had been fascinated by a ballet based on the fairy tale. Johnny Boy Antares Davis
Only three other traditionally animated Disney animated films - Aladdin , Beauty and the Beast , and The Lion King , respectively - scored above it in the poll even after the update. The Little Mermaid , Disney's first animated fairy tale since Sleeping Beauty ,  is an important film in animation history for many reasons. Chief among these are its re-establishment of animation as a profitable venture for The Walt Disney Company, as the company's theme parks, television productions, and live-action features had overshadowed the animated output since the s.
In addition, Mermaid signaled the re-establishment of the musical film format as a standard for Disney animated films. The majority of Disney's most popular animated films from the s on had been musicals, though by the s and s the role of music had been de-emphasized in the films. Wright in a memorable scene.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. Controversy arose regarding the artwork for the film's original VHS release when consumers noticed an oddly shaped structure on the castle, closely resembling a human penis. The questionable object does not appear on the cover of the second releasing of the movie.
Another allegation is that the clergyman presiding over the wedding between Eric and Ursula the latter disguised as Vanessa is seen to have an erection. The combined incidents led an Arkansas woman to file suit against The Walt Disney Company in , though she dropped the suit two months later. In May , Deadline Hollywood reported that Disney is in early development for a live-action adaptation of the film.
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I was obsessed with it when I was a little kid. Some fans took it as a sign when Zendaya stepped out with red hair — just like Ariel — at a photo call for Spider Man: Far from Home. Spider-Man fans, meanwhile, thought it might be evidence of a turn her character will take in future movies. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here.
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