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The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Entry #28 in the Disney Animated Canon, from 1989.A loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Tear Jerker Fairy Tale "The Little Mermaid", it features a mermaid named Ariel (Jodi Benson), one of the daughters of the Sea King, Triton (Kenneth Mars). Apparently unique among her kind, she is fascinated by the human world, although Triton has a hatred for humans that makes pursuing her interest quite difficult. One night, a forbidden visit to the surface leads her to fall in Love at First Sight with human Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes), and she ends up rescuing him when his ship is destroyed in a storm. Now desperate to become a human, she agrees to barter her voice to the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become a human for three days; if she can receive True Love's Kiss from him within that time, she'll be permanently human. Otherwise, she will be Ursula's slave. Indeed, Ursula is actually manipulating her to turn her into ransom for Triton's crown, and she knows that the only thing Eric remembers about Ariel is her beautiful, beautiful voice...Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The film's critical and commercial success was considered a huge turning point for both Disney and western animation as a whole. Since the rise of home television in the 1950's, animation in the Anglosphere had gone through a rather ugly dark age marked by severely reduced budgets and the rise of the Animation Age Ghetto, leading to a glut of low-quality animated films and TV shows meant to pander to child audiences and sell merchandise. Additionally, Disney had spent the better part of the 70's and 80's licking the wounds of Walt Disney's death in 1966, and while the films they put out after The Jungle Book (1967) and before this one are still well-loved among fans and critics, both groups generally agree that they mark a commercial and artistic slump for the House of Mouse between 1968 and 1988, culminating in the infamous and near-Career Killer flop of The Black Cauldron in 1985. The Little Mermaid, however, was the point where all of that changed.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })While western animation had already been creeping back up to its former glory both visually and artistically throughout the latter half of the 1980's, and Disney themselves had gone through some much-needed internal renovations after The Black Cauldron (to noticeably improved results), The Little Mermaid was considered the tipping point for both, being the first wholly-animated film in ages to be seen as a commercial and artistic triumph on par with live-action material. As a result, this movie is not only considered the most definitive start of The Renaissance Age of Animation, but also the beginning of the Disney Renaissance, a second golden age for the company marked by a return to producing and releasing high-quality commercially and critically successful animated movies based mostly on well-established literature and folklore. The period lasted for roughly a decade, ending with the release of Tarzan in 1999.Of technical historic note, this was the last film of the Disney Canon to use traditional cel animation. All of the studio's future hand-drawn features would be inked and colored digitally using the Computer Animated Production System (or CAPS) software developed by Pixar (the final shot of this film was colored digitally due to a time crunch) and, much later, ToonBoom.Its success led to a franchise that has seen two direct-to-video follow-ups (a sequel and a prequel), a prequel TV series and a successful Broadway musical.The characters also figure in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, and other tie-in merchandise and media appearances are going strong with Ariel as an official Disney Princess. A stage musical adaptation was launched in 2007, and a Disney Parks dark ride debuted at Disney California Adventure in 2011 (with a Magic Kingdom port opening the following year).A Disney Digital 3-D re-release was slated for September 2013; however, it was later cancelled, and the 3D prints instead went straight to Blu-ray.A live telecast on The Wonderful World of Disney was announced in 2016 but was shelved, then revived in summer 2019 and broadcast on November 5 that same year, to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary. The live version was a hybrid, combining live performances with the original film (songs were taken from both the movie and the Broadway version), and starred Aulii Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, Shaggy as Sebastian, John Stamos as Chef Louie, Amber Riley as the emcee for Sebastian's concert at the beginning, and Graham Philips as Eric, with Jodi Benson appearing at the beginning and end of the special; in addition, Flounder, Flotsam, and Jetsam were depicted using puppets, and Max was portrayed by a real sheepdog named Bagel.A live action remake is currently in development, with Rob Marshall (Beauty and the Beast (2017), Mary Poppins Returns) at the helm and Alan Menken returning as composer and writing new songs alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is co-producing the film with Marc Platt. R&B singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel, with Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.All character tropes should be moved to The Little Mermaid character pages. If there is a Little Mermaid character, they are in that index somewhere.
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Aliens Speaking English: But with merfolks. Without it, giving up a voice might not have been so painful. Ariel wouldn't know how to talk to the prince, and Biped!Ariel could have just learned to speak the local Deaf lingo.
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Fanfare: King Triton gets a nice trumpet fanfare as he enters, fitting for Lord of all the Seas. Sebastian also gets one, played on a kazoo.
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Canon Foreigner: Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and Grimsby are characters exclusive to this adaptation of the story.
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Badly Battered Babysitter: Sebastian's part in the movie is a fleshed out version of this plot. The fact that his charge is 16 does not make things any easier.
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Urban Legends: In similar fashion to the word "SEX" allegedly appearing in the sky in The Lion King (1994), one of the posters and the 1990 Walt Disney Classics VHS front cover for The Little Mermaid feature a decidedly phallic-looking column on King Triton's castle. The legend goes that a disgruntled animator had been fired and drew the column into the poster out of spite before he left. Whatever the case, the art has since been changed and recent posters no longer feature the castle anyway.
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Scenery Censor: Nude Ariel on land: while Sebastian & company might be getting an eyeful in a few scenes, the audience won't. Also, in addition to the Censor Shadow while she's under the water, few strategically placed bubbles block the view between Ariel's legs just in case any particularly lecherous viewers should try gamma-correcting those shots in a graphics editing program.
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Heroic BSoD: Ariel briefly undergoes one when "Vanessa" (Ursula in disguise) enchants Eric and the two are set to be married, leaving Ariel unable to fulfill her end of the bargain, meaning she will become Ursula's prisoner and be forever separated from Eric, her father, and her sisters. She can only weep in utter devastation at her loss. However, she snaps out of it upon learning of Ursula's deception and hurries to stop her from marrying Eric.
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Rescue Romance: It goes both ways, too.
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Darker and Edgier: While it does have some Disneyfication it is a little darker than the original story, which was more of a tragedy. Here the sea witch is far more menacing and the mermaid faces being eternally trapped in her garden as a polyp. Not to mention that the witch is essentially trying to conquer the entire ocean. The part where the mermaid trades her voice for legs is far scarier than in the story. The shipwreck scene compared to the original story here. Special attention is drawn to the fact that the sailors could very well have died, and the ship explodes due to gunpowder. Lightning strikes the sails, making them catch on fire too. The whole time, the focus on Ariel's reaction shows that she's terrified and doesn't know what's going on.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: Eric uses a very poor choice in words with the following line.
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Evil Sounds Deep: Ursula's voice is always fairly low, but it gets really deep after she grows to gigantic size in the climax.
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All According to Plan
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All According to Plan: Ursula the sea witch, transformed into the human woman "Vanessa," sings "What a lovely little bride I'll make / My dear, I'll look divine / Everything is working out according to my ultimate design." This, however, is actually something of a subversion in that Ursula is experiencing a Sanity Slippage because her original plan isn't working out. She had thought that she could just take Ariel's voice and this would be enough to keep her from ever getting Prince Eric to give her the kiss of true love. After a near-miss only just stopped by her eel henchmen, she hastily concocted this plan to put Prince Eric under her spell and marry him herself.
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Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Eric's boots come off in the ocean while Ariel is trying to save him from drowning. They also come off after Eric defeats Ursula, and before he makes it to shore.
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Heroes Love Dogs: And will nearly die for them.
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True Love's Kiss
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Misplaced Wildlife: Carp and newts living in saltwater habitats.
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Chariot Pulled by Cats: King Triton makes his entrance into the concert hall riding on a giant oyster shell pulled by two seahorses. Inside the concert hall, though Triton can swim just fine with his own fishtail. Mer-kings be wack. Sebastian rides a normal-sized seashell pulled by a normal-sized seahorse, which Sebastian has a little trouble controlling.
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All There in the Manual
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All There in the Manual: Triton's kingdom being called Atlantica is never called that in the movie, but it's called that in all other supplementary materials. Ursula's human alter ego being called Vanessa too. You can hear the priest addressing her as Vanessa at the wedding, when he asks Eric the "Do you take..." part of the ceremony.
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Naked on Arrival: When Ariel first becomes human, the lower half of her body is unclothed.
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Only Six Faces: Ariel's sisters in the original appear to be exactly the same. The only difference is their hair and the color of their tails and bras. Although they look the same in the face, Adella is the chubby one out of the bunch, differentiating her from the rest of her slim sisters.
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Artistic License – Biology: The first two lines of "Under the Sea" are "The seaweednote an organism that lives in salt-water environments is always greener / In somebody else's lakenote generally a fresh-water environment.
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Title Drop: During "Vanessa's" song: "Soon I'll have that little mermaid and the ocean will be mine!"
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Never Trust a Trailer: The first teaser for the third movie, made entirely from scenes of the first two. Still manages to be quite haunting.
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Mr. Fanservice: Whilst not as popular as Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, Eric nevertheless has his fair share of fangirls. It helps that he's the Animation Renaissance's first bona fide badass. Old fellow or not, Triton is pretty well-built, himself. Doesn't hurt that he's basically Aquaman with a fish tail.
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The Cameo: Easy to miss, but can you find Mickey, Donald and Goofy? Kermit the Frog makes a cameo in the same scene. A little symbol of Mickey can be seen like a crest on Ursula's Magically Binding Contract. The King and Grand Duke from Cinderella are at Eric's wedding A painting of Aurora and Phillip is in Eric's castle. At the end of the "Under the Sea" musical number, among the sea creatures pointing at the rock where Ariel was sitting is Mr. Limpet. In fact, if you go on the dark ride based on the film at Disney's California Adventure, during the "Under the Sea" room there's a Mr. Limpet figure peeking out of some seaweed!
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Two-Person Love Triangle: Because Eric thinks that Ariel, not having a voice, can't be the woman who saved him, given that he heard this mystery woman singing.
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Above the Influence: Eric has a girl he rescued from the beach obviously into him, given how she clings to him when he helps her to the castle, and she happily spends the entire next day with him. This girl also makes him laugh, is gracious as she is silent, and is full of surprises. He hesitates on kissing her, however, because as he tells her, he doesn't even know her name. There's also the issue of Sacred Hospitality in that she's technically his guest. After Sebastian whispers that her name is Ariel and Ariel nods when he asks, Eric loosens up.
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Visual Pun: A rather dark one. When Ursula sings the line "It's she who holds her tongue, who gets her man.", she tosses a human-looking tongue into her cauldron.
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Poor Communication Kills: The stage version has a song called "If Only", in which Ariel, Eric, Sebastian, and Triton all in different places mourn that they can't understand or be understood by someone they care deeply about.
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Villain Song: "Poor Unfortunate Souls". And to a lesser extent, even though it's more comedic, "Les Poissons". Chef Louie's sadistic glee is almost certainly villainous as he comes close to serving Sebastian for dinner. In The Musical, "I Want The Good Times Back", again by Ursula. The prequel has Marina Del Ray's "Just One Mistake". The sequel has a deleted one, "Gonna Get My Wish".
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Reality Ensues: Ariel misses her musical debut due to exploring shipwrecks. When she realizes it and heads back, both her father and her conductor chew her out for being so irresponsible since it humiliated Triton and Sebastian. It doesn't matter how trained a sailor is; if a ship gets caught in a hurricane, then everyone onboard is at risk. Eric won't kiss a girl he just met because he doesn't even know her name due to her being mute, even if she's sending clear signals and also she's technically his guest. He only acquiesces on finding out her name and Grimsby telling her she's wonderful, real, and right before his eyes.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: And protects her from Ursula (Well, he tries.)
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Royals Who Actually Do Something
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Royals Who Actually Do Something: After a long string of generic Prince Charmings, Prince Eric actually turns out to be quite the hero. He killed Ursula by impaling her with a freaking boat. Dialogue during the dinner scene suggests that Eric is quite active in the ruling of his kingdom and has to take time off just to show Ariel around. Ariel, Triton and Melody are pretty active as well, when danger shows up. The scene at the beginning of the movie also bears this out - Eric clearly knows his way around the ship, leaping to help a sailor lash down a line on a cleat. And right after this, another sailor remarks of Eric's ignorance of Triton "Thought every good sailor knew about him", indicating that he, a real old salt, considers Eric to be a good sailor.
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Deal with the Devil
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Deal with the Devil: Ariel trades her voice to Ursula to be human. Ursula actually specializes in this kind of deal and has a "garden" full of merfolk who were turned into polyps when they weren't able to fulfill the terms of their contracts. Ironically, listen to the lines "This one longing to be thinner, that one wants to get the girl" - it seems the two examples Ursula gave already wanted each other; what they lacked was self-confidence. In the musical, Ursula's contracts had all the attributes of a literal Deal with the Devil:
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Product Displacement
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Product Displacement: The 2013 restoration/3D conversion removed the words, "In Association With Silver Screen Partners IV" from the opening credits.
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Adaptational Villainy
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Adaptational Villainy: In the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the Sea Witch is a more neutral character with no agenda and no animosity towards anyone; while she makes the same deal with the unnamed mermaid, she warns her of the consequences presented by the transformation and even offers her a way out at her sisters' request. In the original story, the prince chooses to marry a human princess of his own free will, and there is no indication that this princess is a bad person. In the Disney version, this character becomes Vanessa, who is actually Ursula in disguise, and Eric only agrees to marry her because he's under a spell. King Triton is subject to a bit of this as well. In the original story the sea king was neutral as well and the mermaid sought out the sea witch on her own. The film has Triton despise humans and forbid his daughter from any contact with them—even destroying her collection of artifacts to try and stop her. Of course he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn pretty quickly.
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Powerful and Helpless
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Powerful and Helpless: Triton can do nothing to break the contract Ariel signed with Ursula. All the power he wields through his trident cannot destroy the contract. All he can do to save Ariel is pull a Take Me Instead.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: Considering how much spotlight is put on the underwater inhabitants being sapient equals to the merpeople, the kitchen scene with Louis whimsically chopping up and cooking sea food is played in a hilariously morbid manner. A traumatised Sebastian has to hold himself from vomiting.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: The shipwrecks in the ocean, where Ariel explores. Ursula makes them float using the trident, and Eric pilots one to impale her.
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Know-Nothing Know-It-All
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Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Scuttle claims to be an expert on humans but thinks forks are combs called "dinglehoppers", and smoking pipes are musical instruments called "snarfblats".
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Post-Victory Collapse
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Post-Victory Collapse: Eric passes out on the beach after his battle with Ursula.
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Anachronism Stew
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Anachronism Stew: The movie looks like it's set in the 18th century. That doesn't prevent Chef Louis from making random Gay Paree references that wouldn't be possible until the 1920s-1930s, including "Maurice Chevalier". The Champs-Élysées avenue of Paris was not yet a staple of the image foreigners have of Paris or France.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: The DVD Commentary notes that the scenes of Ariel posed on the rock were based on the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen. Ursula tosses a tongue-looking thing into her cauldron (see "Visual Pun" below). In the original story, the little mermaid's tongue was cut out before she became human. Attina, one of Ariel's sisters, was named after an obscure previous Alan Menken musical, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy.
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Ash Face
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Ash Face: Sir Grimsby, after Ariel blows through his pipe.
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She Cleans Up Nicely
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She Cleans Up Nicely: Eric first sees Ariel in human form when she's wrapped tarp around her body. When Carlotta dresses her in a pink dinner gown, they're delighted to see how she looks.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: "Vanessa" to the landfolk, and Ursula in her regular form to the seafolk. Her entire Villain Song is about how she is only trying to help “poor unfortunate souls” like Ariel, when in reality she is using her clients to try to take over Atlantica.
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Carnivore Confusion
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Carnivore Confusion: The main reason that King Triton and Sebastian don't like humans is because that they hunt and eat fish. This ignores the fact there are countless sea creatures that prey on other sea life. Even ignoring the shark that tried to eat Ariel and Flounder, Under the Sea featured plenty of aquatic life that get most of their meals through predation, including crustaceans like Sebastian.
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Small Name, Big Ego
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Small Name, Big Ego: Scuttle, about knowledge of human life.
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Nightmare Fetishist
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Nightmare Fetishist: Ariel's love of the human world, by merfolk standards.
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: Ariel has no mother, and while he's not evil, her father is so misguided in his attempts to protect her that she feels emotionally abandoned. Eric seemingly has no parents whatsoever and was possibly raised by Grimsby.
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Mermaid Arc Emergence
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Mermaid Arc Emergence: Occurs when a human Ariel emerges from the sea and desperately gasps for air after almost drowning in Ursula's lair, throwing her head back causing her hair to flip in a backward arc.
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Emerging from the Shadows
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Emerging from the Shadows: How Ursula was introduced whilst spying on Ariel and Flounder via crystal bubble, before lamenting on her banishment. King Triton does this when confronting Ariel in her secret grotto.
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Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date
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Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Invoked as part of the song "Kiss the Girl".
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You Can Talk?
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You Can Talk?: Eric is surprised when the shell is shattered and Ariel gets her voice back, as she had been up until then seemingly completely mute. He realizes she's the girl who saved him.
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No Cartoon Fish
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No Cartoon Fish: Interestingly zigzagged. While there are of course plenty of cartoon fish in this movie, all dead fish are drawn realistically. The fish caught in the net in the first scene all look realistic, but when the sailor picks one up and waves it around in front of Grimsby's face, it alternates between realistic and cartoony before settling on cartoony after it's released back into the water.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: Ursula may have had some sanity to manipulate factors in her favor, but Vanessa, Ursula's disguise? Hoo boy, is she a complete nutcase. Just look at her actions during "Vanessa's song" as well as her reactions when the attack of the animals occurred, and you'll see how she's become completely insane.
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Little
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Little "No": King Triton, after Ariel confesses her love for Eric during their argument. Later in the climax, Ariel, after Ursula turns Triton into a polyp and picks up the crown and the trident.
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Ramming Always Works
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Ramming Always Works: Well, how else are you going to take on the giant sea monster when you don't have any cannons (or wizards)?
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Hollywood Kiss
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Hollywood Kiss: Ariel and Eric.
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Alliterative Family
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Alliterative Family: Alana, Adella, Aquata, Attina, Arista, Andrina, Ariel and their mother Athena.
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Under the Sea
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Under the Sea: Although it's about video games, this is the Trope Namer. On the other hand, it IS the main setting in most Little Mermaid video games.
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Adapted Out
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Adapted Out: The little mermaid's grandmother, who helped the sea king raise his daughters after their mother died in the original story, is not in the movie. The princess that Eric fell in love with in the original story is removed (although Ursula, disguised as Vanessa, plays a very similar role). The daughters of the air are not present in the movie either.
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Super Drowning Skills
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Super Drowning Skills: As soon as Ariel turns human, almost every scene involving her and water goes...poorly until Flounder and Sebastian help her out. Justified as she's used to having a tail and breathing underwater, and even those who have been human since birth need to be trained and taught how to swim.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: In human form, Ursula kicks Max — and he comes back to bite her in the butt.
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Murder by Mistake
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Murder by Mistake: Flotsam and Jetsam are vaporized after Ursula's attempt to kill Prince Eric goes awry.
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Fourth Date Marriage
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Fourth Date Marriage: Ariel and Eric play this straight, but if you go by previous Disney Princess standards, they avert it. Snow White barely even speaks to her Prince, Cinderella spends maybe a couple of hours with hers (and they don't speak enough for her to know he is the Prince), and Aurora exchanges maybe three sentences and a quick dance with Philip. Ariel and Eric spend a full day together touring the kingdom, taking in the sights, going to local festivals and such, and finishing off with an Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date. Eric was even about to give up pining for the girl who rescued him in favor of Ariel (not realizing it was Ariel) before Ursula interfered, so they definitely really liked each other even after spending time together.
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The Mirror Shows Your True Self
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The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Scuttle discovers Vanessa is actually Ursula when he sees the reflection she casts in a mirror.
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Chekhov's Army
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Chekhov's Army: Scuttle recruits the animals who helped Sebastian in "Kiss the Girl" to stall the wedding. The flamingoes and birds fly to the rescue.
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Hold Your Hippogriffs
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Hold Your Hippogriffs: "You're not getting cold fins (feet) now, are you?" "You are such a guppy (baby/chicken)!" "You give them an inch, they'll swim (walk) all over you." "The seaweed (grass) is always greener / In somebody else's lake (lawn)!" "Someone needs to nail that girl's fins (feet) to the floor." "It's time Ursula took matters into her own tentacles (hands)!" "Leave no shell (stone) unturned, no coral (corner) unexplored!"
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Agony of the Feet
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Agony of the Feet: As Sebastian is trying to get away from Chef Louis, he drops a frying pan on Louis' foot. Averted by Ariel; in the Hans Christian Andersen version of the story, the little mermaid was in agony with each step she took. Ariel's new legs are very shaky initially, but there isn't any indication that they hurt her.
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Compelling Voice
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Compelling Voice: How Ursula brainwashes Eric. Special mention must be made to the fact that it isn't even her voice that brainwashes him but his love interest's, Ariel.
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Character Development
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Character Development: Ariel was always fascinated by humanity, but after an encounter with Eric proves her right about humans being more than mindless monsters - that they can be good, kind, brave people - she learns to stay true to herself and what she believes in, even if it means clashing with her family. She also learns her reckless actions have greater consequences than she expected. After risking danger for the sake of discovery for the entire movie, Ariel finally bites off more than she can chew when she loses her wager with Ursula and the sea witch betrays her. Ariel is forced to watch as Ursula enslaves her father, tries to take over the sea, and tries to kill her and all her friends. To a lesser extent, she's scared of Max for half the movie due to him being a giant dog, but she learns that he's more cuddle than bite. When she gets her voice back and Max runs to her, Ariel doesn't flinch or attempt to run. King Triton gets a sizable amount of character development when he realizes being so hard on Ariel just ended up driving her away from him, and when Eric saves his daughter's life from Ursula, it allows him to overcome his xenophobia of humans and realize that it's for the better that he lets Ariel stay with Eric. Sebastian get a lot of character growth too. He spends the first half of the movie obsessing about how what Ariel does will affect him, and in fact rats her out to Triton because he's afraid of Triton punishing him. After seeing the horror Ariel goes through as a result and getting nearly served for dinner by Chef Louis, he decides to make Ariel happy and spends the rest of the movie trying to help her. Fittingly enough, both Triton and Sebastian's character development is underlined in a conversation between them. Eric also gets some about his Loving a Shadow and wanting the perfect girl for him. He has the right to turn down princesses who wouldn't be a match for him, but Grimsby rightly says that searching for an ideal partner is impossible. When Ariel saves him and vanishes into the waves, Eric spends days searching for the figure with the mysterious voice and for chivalry reasons he doesn't want to flirt with the voiceless girl that falls under his protection. Ariel shows off her flaws while human, and she makes him laugh. When he realizes that she likes him, and he finds out her name, Eric is more willing to pursue Ariel and give up his impossible quest. Of course, then he learns that she's the girl with the voice and a mermaid to boot; cue him rowing solo to rescue her from Ursula, saying he's not going to lose her again.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: Ursula states that she once lived in the palace, indicating she must have held a high status in Triton's court, but at some point she was banished and exiled for life - but we're never told what she did to earn such a punishment. Also, Eric asks Grim this "You're not still sore, cause I didn't fall for the Princess of Glowerhaven, are you?"
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Letter Motif
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Letter Motif: Ariel and all of her sisters have the same first initial — as did their mother. (See Theme Naming, below.)
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Just the Way You Are
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Just the Way You Are: Eric doesn't care that the girl he loves is actually a mermaid. When he finds out, he's surprised but has a mild expression of This Explains So Much before going Oh, Crap! as Ursula kidnaps Ariel and takes her below. His next reaction is to go alone in a rowboat and mount a rescue, even as Ariel is earning him to get to safety.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Ariel goes off to be with Eric but leaves her father and sisters behind. However, they still apparently do keep in touch, and compared to the original story's ending, this is quite mild. Triton also seems to have rescinded the order keeping the human and mer-worlds separated, as he, his daughters, and some other merfolk are openly attending Ariel's wedding from the water, and even waving to those on the boat.
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Marilyn Maneuver
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Marilyn Maneuver: A disguised Ursula's (as Vanessa) wedding dress receives a draft from a flock of bluebirds as they fly underneath her.
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Brainwashed
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Brainwashed: Ursula-as-"Vanessa" does this to Eric to torture Ariel.
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Zerg Rush
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"Vanessa" does a big one as a big flock of birds speed towards her.
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Graceful Ladies Like Purple
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Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Ariel's seashell bra, and her dress in the sequel are purple.
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True Blue Femininity
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True Blue Femininity: When Eric is showing Ariel around his land, she wears a dress with a blue skirt, and a large, blue hair ribbon.
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Love Hurts
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Love Hurts: Much less than in the original version, though Ariel's pain is obvious when she thinks Eric is going to leave her and marry "Vanessa".
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2D Visuals, 3D Effects
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2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The staircase Ariel runs down to find Eric and Vanessa. And the horse-drawn wagon that Ariel and Eric ride in during their village tour. It's especially obvious when Ariel starts driving, and a few shots reveal the wheels not turning at all in plain sight.
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Magically Binding Contract
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Magically Binding Contract: Ariel signs such a contract with Ursula; when Triton tries to destroy it with his trident, it doesn't work. As it turns out, the only thing that can break Ursula's contracts is her demise — once she dies, all the polyps in her garden return to their natural forms.
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Fade Around the Eyes
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Fade Around the Eyes: Ursula does this at the end of her first scene. The image of her tentacles curling around her as the screen fades to black can be very frightening. She does it again in the scene when she transforms into her disguise as Vanessa, but instead of her eyes, she does it with her teeth and the shell on her necklace as smoke fills her lair.
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Overprotective Dad
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Overprotective Dad: Triton destroys almost everything Ariel cares about because of this, but in the end he becomes a Papa Wolf.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Meta example. While composer Alan Menken had a great deal of experience writing stage music for Howard Ashman's lyrics, this film was his first attempt to write a background score for a feature film. According to the DVD Commentary, he sought out advice from fellow composers, who essentially told him "It's a cartoon. Nobody cares, blow it off." Menken decided not to take their advice... and won an Oscar for Best Original Score.
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Tranquil Fury
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Tranquil Fury: King Triton is initially like this when he confronts Ariel in her grotto.
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Hypocritical Singing
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Hypocritical Singing: "Poor Unfortunate Souls" in a slight variation. Ursula, while trying to get Ariel to make a deal with her, sings about how she uses her powers to help people. Of course, these deals are always a lot more profitable to her than to any of her beneficiaries, mainly because she goes out of her way to ensure that those under contract can't hold up their end of the bargain.
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Adult Fear
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Furthermore, he says that in anger when his youngest, somewhat favourite daughter, had just professed her love for an unknown human being and her wish to leave home (possibly forever) to stay with him. Cue Adult Fear here: you're a single father of a bunch of girls. Someone killed their mother when the youngest, the one who resembles her the most, was naught than a little girl. She grows to be an happy, adjusted but somewhat ditsy, fine teenager, and one day she gets home in love with someone. You're just overjoyed, proud of the job you did without your beloved wife around... and then your daughter loudly proclaims she has fallen in love with someone you believe the cause of every affliction in your life, coming from the same background of the ones killing your own wife, who'll treat your little girl no one knows how and who'll never, ever let you keep protecting her.
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl: From Eric's perspective, anyway; the actual movie itself averts this. The girl Prince Eric encounters on the beach is the 'dream girl'; the girl who uses a fork to comb her hair and jumps a carriage over a ravine is the 'manic pixie'. Only at the end does Eric realize they're one and the same.
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The Outside World
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The Outside World: Ariel is fascinated by the world above the ocean surface, particularly in humans to the point that she falls in love with one, and makes a Deal with the Devil to get the chance to live up there.
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Curtain Clothing
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Curtain Clothing: Ariel attempts to make a dress from a sail on a wrecked ship with Scuttle's advice. The result is more comical than anything, though Eric doesn't notice. Carlotta discreetly washes and disposes of it, giving Ariel actual clothes.
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Marry for Love
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Marry for Love: Eric intends to do this.
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Race Against the Clock
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Race Against the Clock: Ariel has only three days to get a kiss from Eric and remain human permanently, otherwise she'll turn back into a mermaid.
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Combat Pragmatist
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Combat Pragmatist: Unable to take the now gargantuan Ursula in an even fight, Eric instead uses the raised wreck of the ship he's pulled himself onto to ram its splintered prow clean through her.
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Adaptational Alternate Ending
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Adaptational Alternate Ending: The mermaid gets to marry the prince and live Happily Ever After. In the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, she dies after refusing to kill the prince, and becomes an air spirit.
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Big Good
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Big Good: King Triton.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: Whilst Triton is extremely harsh in the way he tried to cut down Ariel's human obsession the fact remains is that he has some extremely good reasons for trying to protect his daughter. Warfare, pollution and the stuffed crab Sebastian runs into are all perfect examples of this. Not to mention all the hundreds of diseases that a Mermaid's human half could potentially contract from humans: syphilis, smallpox and plague would fit the general setting of this film (approximately the 16th to 17th century given the look of the ships). The prequel gives the best reason of all for his actions — his wife was killed by a human ship.
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Laughing Mad
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Laughing Mad: Although Ursula usually does Evil Laughs, her laughter when gloating about her inevitable victory as Vanessa is closer to Laughing Mad.
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Be Yourself
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Be Yourself: A bit of an Unbuilt Trope, since Ariel being herself means she literally can't be with the man of her dreams, but her Deal with the Devil to live on land robs her of her voice, the only means by which she could have told Eric who she was.
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Exact Eavesdropping
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Exact Eavesdropping: Scuttle happens to be flying by when Ursula, disguised as Vanessa, sings her evil plot, and he sees Ursula’s true reflection in the mirror.
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You Are Too Late
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You Are Too Late: Pointed out by Ursula when the heroes arrive too late to complete Ariel's contract.
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Loves Me Not
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Loves Me Not: With an underwater flower.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Said by Ariel during an argument with Triton about saving Eric's life: Ursula tells Ariel exactly the thing she wants to hear: "The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself."
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Unfortunate Character Design
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invoked The elderly preacher's knees, way more so.
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The Atoner
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The Atoner: After arguing with Ariel over her fascination with humans and destroying her grotto, Triton tries to repair the damage done and regain her trust by taking Ariel's place as Ursula's prisoner.
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Do Not Do This Cool Thing
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Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-Universe. According to Word of God, Ariel's fascination with the human world (at least partially) actually came out of her father's strict forbidding of it.
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner: As Ursula is about to do in Ariel with the trident, she bellows, "SO MUCH FOR TRUE LOVE!!!" Only a split second later, Ursula gets killed when Eric impales her on the bowsprit of a sunken ship, which also somehow causes the trident to backfire on her.
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Loving a Shadow
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Loving a Shadow: Discussed by Eric and Grimsby about the mysterious girl who rescued him. Grimsby logically points out that a girl wouldn't just vanish into thin air, and Eric is searching for someone who may not exist. Eric insists that the girl is real and he knows it, he just has to keep looking. Ariel appears, voiceless and in need of help, and Eric starts falling for her spirited nature. If not for Ursula interfering, Eric would have given up the quest to talk with Ariel and declare his love.
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You Monster!
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You Monster!: Ariel to Ursula, once King Triton gets transformed into a polyp.
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Innocent Fanservice Girl
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Innocent Fanservice Girl: Ariel. When she first becomes human, the only thing she's wearing is her Seashell Bra. Not having much knowledge of clothes, who knows how much longer she would have went naked without care if Scuttle hadn't given her that old sail.
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Let's Get Dangerous!
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Let's Get Dangerous!: To denote that Scuttle is about to bring the pain, Sebastian orders him seriously to "Stall the wedding!" without his usual eye-rolling. Scuttle delivers by rallying an army of birds, dolphins, seals and fish to help. He also ends up smashing Ursula's shell after grappling with her for it.
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Feather Fingers
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Feather Fingers: Notable in that the fish characters avert the "fish can walk on their tailfins" subtrope until the "Under the Sea" number, where it looks awkward. Scuttle doesn't exactly avoid the Trope Namer either.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: King Triton toward humans. When Ariel points out that he's judging Eric without knowing him, he declares "Know him?! I don't have to know him! They're all the same!" Exposition removed from the original movie, but added back into the musical and the prequel, reveals that Ariel's mother was killed by humans (well, ran over by a pirate ship), making Triton's paranoia about them somewhat more sympathetic. Furthermore, he says that in anger when his youngest, somewhat favourite daughter, had just professed her love for an unknown human being and her wish to leave home (possibly forever) to stay with him. Cue Adult Fear here: you're a single father of a bunch of girls. Someone killed their mother when the youngest, the one who resembles her the most, was naught than a little girl. She grows to be an happy, adjusted but somewhat ditsy, fine teenager, and one day she gets home in love with someone. You're just overjoyed, proud of the job you did without your beloved wife around... and then your daughter loudly proclaims she has fallen in love with someone you believe the cause of every affliction in your life, coming from the same background of the ones killing your own wife, who'll treat your little girl no one knows how and who'll never, ever let you keep protecting her.
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Improvised Clothes
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Improvised Clothes: Ariel's first dress is an old sail strategically tied up with rope.
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The Un-Reveal
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The Unreveal: It is not mentioned at one point why King Triton forbids Ariel going to the surface. The prequel film implies otherwise, as his mother was crushed to death by a ship while above water.
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Call a Rabbit a
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Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Scuttle, the supposed "expert" on human culture, has no actual clue about the intended purposes of the objects Ariel brings him to identify, and simply assigns them made-up names and makes his best guess as to their proper use, with the result that Ariel calls a dinner fork a "dinglehopper" and uses it as a comb, and believes a pipe is a musical instrument called a "snarfblatt". Though, oddly, she knows to put the fork together with the knife and spoon in her treasure trove.
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Disney Villain Death
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Disney Villain Death: Averted quite horrifically for a kid's film. To put it simply, Flotsam and Jetsam were electrocuted and disintegrated by a misfire from the Trident, and Ursula was impaled by a broken bow of the ship, electrocuted due to the Trident's blast backfiring on her, sinking, and then exploding. In both cases, the animators even went as far as to detail all of their pieces sinking down to the ocean floor. In fact, only one character, Ariel, actually ended up falling down a very huge height, and she survived.
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Suddenly SHOUTING!
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Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Sebastian discovers Ariel's collection in the grotto, he shouts, "IF YOUR FATHER KNEW ABOUT THIS PLACE, HE'D...", but Flounder cuts him off.
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: Ariel as the protagonist and Ursula as the villain. All of the supporting cast are male, making it a 6:2 male-to-female ratio. Ariel's sisters have no importance and Carlotta the maid has only a handful of lines.
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Triumphant Reprise
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Triumphant Reprise: One of the most iconic scenes in the film, just after Ariel rescues Eric, and vows to return to him on land someday. A second reprise of "Part of Your World" plays over Ariel and Eric's wedding. Additionally the original ending would have had Ariel appearing in human form singing the Triumphant Reprise herself. A smaller one; Ariel sings a solemn chorus so that Ursula can steal her voice and hypnotise Eric. When the shell breaks and Ariel's voice is returned to her, she sings a more triumphant version of the chorus.
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Cave Mouth
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Cave Mouth: The front door of Ursula's lair is the mouth of a sea-dragon.
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X-Ray Sparks
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X-Ray Sparks: Occurs during Ursula's death.
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Nice, Mean, and In-Between
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Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Out of Ariel's animal friends, Flounder is innocent and shy (nice), Sebastian is snooty and grumpy (mean), and Scuttle is a friendly but slightly annoying Cloudcuckoolander (in-between).
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Sacred Hospitality
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Sacred Hospitality: Downplayed since she has ulterior motives, but Ursula doesn't physically harm Ariel, Sebastian or Flounder when they visit her lair. While the eels shut up Sebastian when he tells Ariel not to take the deal, it's not physically binding for long. Eric takes Ariel to the castle to get cleaned up on seeing she's mute, alone, and scared on the beach thanks to Max chasing her. It's also why he doesn't want to kiss her the next day since she's technically his guest, since he is the one with the power, but he gives in on hearing her name.
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Pragmatic Adaptation
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Pragmatic Adaptation: The Broadway musical adaptation removes the Vanessa subplot, replacing it with a contest scene where several princesses compete for Eric's affection through singing. Also, during the climax, Ursula never grows into a giant beast once she gets the trident, as it would've been impossible to pull off onstage (this means that there's no final battle between Eric and Ursula; instead, Ariel is the one that kills her).
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Witch with a Capital B
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Witch with a Capital B
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Heel–Face Turn
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King Triton is subject to a bit of this as well. In the original story the sea king was neutral as well and the mermaid sought out the sea witch on her own. The film has Triton despise humans and forbid his daughter from any contact with them—even destroying her collection of artifacts to try and stop her. Of course he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn pretty quickly.
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Sanity Slippage
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Sanity Slippage: Ursula, while not a good character, was sane and composed during most of the film. However, when she transforms into Vanessa, it's implied that she lost quite a bit of sanity (to the point of becoming a borderline Ax-Crazy) when turning into her, as she talks to her mirror in a manner similar to a schizophrenic, emits a psychotic grin when throwing a pin at a mirror's head with enough velocity to knock the mirror back, and most certainly kill a person had that been a human being, plus her cackling. The whole reason for Ursula resorting to her Vanessa alterego was counteracting Sebastian's proactive plan to have Ariel seduce Eric. Basically, she got her arms twisted into action, with all the consequent pressure.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: After Ariel's transformation, as Sebastian and Flounder begin rushing her to the surface, there are a few frames where you can see Ariel's butt, and the area between her legs.
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BadassNormal
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Badass Normal: Prince Eric.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Triton when he blames himself for Ariel's disappearance as well as Sebastian's, given the way he acted. This foreshadows his eventual Heroic Sacrifice to being Ursula's prisoner instead of Ariel.
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Did You Get a New Haircut?
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Did You Get a New Haircut?: Scuttle asks Ariel this after she is turned into a human the first time, then if she had new seashells. Sebastian replies with "she's got legs, you idiot!" As Scuttle's doing this, he's standing on her legs and leaning on her toes!!! And LOOKING at them! She's even bobbing him up and down by kicking her leg slightly, trying to clue him in.
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Disneyfication
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Disneyfication: One of the most iconic (albeit also successful) examples of the trope. The Bittersweet Ending of the book is now a clear happy ending, trading her voice is substituted for having her tongue cut out, and Ariel's fate if she fails doesn't involve death. Also, in the original story, the sea witch was a True Neutral character. In the movie, she's named Ursula and upgraded to the Big Bad.
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Signature Instrument
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Signature Instrument: The first time that Ariel sets eyes on Prince Eric, he's playing a festive tune on a flute while the seamen dance and cavort. Later, Eric plays Ariel's theme in the longshot hope that his dream girl will return. When at last Prince Eric heeds Grimsby's advice to pursue the lovely on-hand Ariel, he pitches his flute into the sea, allegorical to discarding his pursuit of someone unobtainable.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: Howard Ashman asked the production team to make Sebastian Jamaican just because he wanted to write calypso songs. Samuel E. Wright, being a native from South Carolina did an almost completely convincing Jamaican accent for the crab.
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Sliding Scale of Animal Communication
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Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Zig-zagged. The merpeople communicate fully with the sea animals, and Ariel maintains that ability once she becomes human, but she cannot communicate with Max. Regular humans cannot understand animals, except when Eric understands Sebastian whispering Ariel’s name during “Kiss the Girl.” But animals can largely understand humans.
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Ursula does one about every five minutes.
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Punctuated Pounding
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Punctuated Pounding: "DO YOU HEAR WHAT I'M TELLIN' YOU? The Prince! Is MARRYING! The Sea Witch! in DISGUISE!" All while Scuttle has grabbed Sebastian and is slamming him into the dock.
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Unscaled Merfolk
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Unscaled Merfolk: Ursula, being half octopus (a cecelia).
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Scuttle sees Ursula in Vanessa's reflection, he starts saying, "The Sea Witch! She's gonna, she's gonna-" before going Oh, Crap! and immediately flying to where Ariel is on the docks to finish the thought: "The Prince is marrying the sea witch in disguise!"
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Rebellious Princess
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Rebellious Princess: Ariel fits this to a T. She's pretty much the Trope Codifier, at least for Disney's near-constant use of this trope ever since.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Sebastian's frustrations with Ariel are understandable. As the court composer, it's his job to make sure that his concerts go according to plan. She's a no-show for rehearsals and her big debut, defies orders from her father to stay away from humans that eat up sea creatures like Sebastian, and doesn't appreciate what she has in the ocean. When Sebastian tells her off, he isn't nice about it, but he's also very correct.
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Unstoppable Rage
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Unstoppable Rage: King Triton flies into a destructive fit of blind rage when Ariel tells him that she's in love with Eric.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: "Eric" is an Old Norse name that can mean "One Ruler", "Lone Ruler" or "Lone Prince", which is what he is in the beginning of the film. Ariel is Hebrew for "Lion of God" and is derived from one of God's Archangels. It's also the name of the air-spirit servant in The Tempest—appropriate for the mermaid who's bent on leaving the water and living an air-breathing existence (as well as a Shout-Out to the original story, where the mermaid ended the story as an air spirit). Vanessa's name is derived from the Latin word "Vanitas", which means among other things Vanity, Worthlessness, Emptiness, and Nothingness. The first meaning is more than a little obvious, but the remaining three meanings also have a place in it as well, as it highlights the fact that Vanessa is Eric's false savior.
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Fantastic Slurs
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Fantastic Slurs: To go with King Triton's Fantastic Racism towards humans, humans are referred as "Fish-eaters" (which is kind of justified, considering that to the merfolk, the fish are sentient).
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Disney Death
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Disney Death: Ariel in the prequel.
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Adaptation Personality Change
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Adaptation Personality Change: Literally, as in two mermaids change personalities—the most distinguishing traits of Andersen's heroine were that she was thoughtful, quiet, and pensive (quite unlike Ariel), and one of her sisters is actually said to be by far the most daring and boldest of the family (quite like Ariel).
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No Ontological Inertia
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No Ontological Inertia: Ursula's prisoners are freed when she dies.
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Seashell Bra
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Seashell Bra: Made of what appear to be purple clamshells. Also of note is that the sixteen-year old Ariel was the first Disney character designed and animated in a way that showed the line of her cleavage.
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Honest John's Dealership
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Honest John's Dealership: As seen and heard in "Poor Unfortunate Souls", Ursula has been known to make these kinds of deals with others.
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Named by the Adaptation
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Named by the Adaptation: None of the characters in the original fairy tale (the little mermaid, the prince, the sea king, the sea witch, etc.) have names.
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Villain Has a Point
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Villain Has a Point: Ursula agrees that if Ariel becomes human then the latter won't see her family, but she'll have her man: "Life has tough choices in it." Even though Ariel at the end becomes human thanks to Triton letting her go, she will still have a life on land far apart from her father and sisters.
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Limb-Sensation Fascination
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Limb-Sensation Fascination: One of the most important events is Ariel's transformation into a human. The film focuses briefly on her feet and how she's excited to have toes she can wriggle.
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Unwitting Pawn
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Unwitting Pawn: While Ariel was completely aware of what she was getting into when she made a Deal with the Devil with Ursula, she didn't know that Ursula was using her as a pawn to become the ruler of Atlantica. As quoted by the 2004 Disney Princess storybook:
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Spared by the Adaptation
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Spared by the Adaptation: The mermaid in Andersen's Fairy Tale died, although her soul remains in what amounts to Purgatory, and for every good child she observes, she gets closer to entering Heaven, but for every bad, disobedient child, the process will take longer.
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Massive Numbered Siblings
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Massive Numbered Siblings: Ariel has six older sisters: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, and Alana.
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The Burlesque of Venus
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The Burlesque of Venus: Played with in the "Daughters of Triton" musical segment, although with 2 mermaids per shell and not one... except for Ariel's shell, of which she was missing.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Ursula has only six tentacles instead of the traditional eight because of budget issues. Though if you include her human arms, she does have eight limbs.
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Cute, but Cacophonic
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Cute, but Cacophonic: "Vanessa", once she loses possession of Ariel's voice.
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Hartman Hips
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Hartman Hips: While in her "Vanessa" form, the usually-obese Ursula is a lot more slender and elegant in her appearance, though her lower half is quite curvaceous.
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Purple Is the New Black
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Purple Is the New Black: A major color for Ursula.
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Earth-Shattering Kaboom
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Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Exactly how a globe first explodes after King Triton fires an energy bolt from his trident in Ariel's grotto, along with the rest of Ariel's human treasures (it's something he quickly regrets).
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Language Equals Thought
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Language Equals Thought: Although land and sea share a common language note (see Aliens Speaking English) Part Of Your World implies merpeople lack the vocabulary for a number of concepts meaningless underwater — concepts Ariel strives to acquire regardless, much like her collection of land artifacts.
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Laughably Evil
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Laughably Evil: The movie does well to balance Ursula's sadistic and sinister ambience with lots of brilliant snarking and scenery chewing courtesy of Pat Carrol.
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Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
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Attack Of the 50 Foot Sea Monster: Ursula in the climax.
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Off with His Head!
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Sebastian again when he finds himself face to face with the kitchen's contents, including stuffed crabs. Cue faint. Then once more when he sees Chef Louie and nearly throws up. Then again when he runs into a dismembered fish head. As a matter of fact, Sebastian does an Oh, Crap! look virtually every five seconds in this part of the film as he gets noticed; every example would require its own page (along with Louie when the jig ends).
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Animation Bump
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Animation Bump: Ariel in the hands of Glen Keane. During "Part of Your World" and its reprise, as well as the first meeting between Eric and Ariel after she's traded away her voice, the level of detail is noticeably higher, especially in her hair.
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Almost Kiss
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Almost Kiss: Ariel and Eric almost kiss when he realizes the truth, but the spell turning Ariel back into a mermaid cuts them short.
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Animal Talk
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Animal Talk: The majority of the marine animals, including Sebastian and Flounder and Flotsam and Jetsam, are capable of speech, as well as Scuttle the seagull. Max is a notable Aversion, as is the shark at the beginning.
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Our Mermaids Are Different
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Our Mermaids Are Different: Ariel definitely popularized mermaid characters for a generation. The filmmakers certainly claim that they subverted the blonde, otherworldly, mischievous archetype of the mermaid by creating a rebellious redheaded mermaid who was very human rather than fiery in character.
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The Silent Bob
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The Silent Bob: Ariel after becoming human.
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Make My Monster Grow
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Make My Monster Grow: Ursula in the climax.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Triton hadn't stormed into Ariel's grotto and destroyed her stuff, Ariel would have been satisfied with Eric's statue rather than try to pursue him. She was already happier with her family, and affectionate. When Triton incinerates everything in the name of teaching Ariel a lesson — which is nonsense because he just wanted an outlet for his temper — it leaves her vulnerable enough for Ursula to offer a chance to be with the real Eric. Triton realizes this in the end, especially when Eric risks his life to save Ariel.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Ursula has a few of these moments. Whoo boy, whoever said "Right, Ursula is nuts, so we want you to go ABSOLUTELY CRACKERS!" to Pat Carroll made the best decision ever; here's the proof - "YOU POOR, UNFORTUNATE SOOOOOOUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!". For a better example, actually watch the song; wow! Disney went crackers... and it worked. Louie the chef. "Come out, you little pipsqueak and FIGHT LIKE A MAN!!" "Hee, hee, hee! Ho, ho ho!" You could say even Sebastian falls under this, too: "Well, [the concert] WAS RUINED! THAT'S ALL! COMPLETELY DESTROYED! (dramatic) This concert was to be the pinnacle of my distinguished career... (enraged) NOW THANKS TO YOU I AM THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE ENTIRE KINGDOM!!!"
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"I Want" Song: "Part Of Your World" in the original and "Her Voice" in the musical.
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Fairy Tale
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Fairy Tale
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Accidental Public Confession
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Accidental Public Confession: "Humans? Who said anything about humans?"
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Gay Paree
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Gay Paree: Chef Louis is, well, Hollywood's idea of a French cook. His sequence is introduced with accordion music (which is a cliché related to Paris), he has a Maurice Chevalier Accent, speaks about "Nouvelle Cuisine des Champs-Élysées" (the Champs-Élysées avenue is in Paris) and even names Maurice Chevalier.
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Stating the Simple Solution
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Stating the Simple Solution: Before Triton destroyed her grotto, Ariel's plan was to find out where Eric lived and go see him, while still in mermaid form, and using Flounder's splashing to get Eric's attention. As she realizes, however, as long as she's in the sea then she's in her father's domain and he would never allow that. Triton tries to destroy the contract with his trident on learning Ariel now belongs to Ursula. The paper remains intact, and Ursula gloats how a legally binding contract is beyond his power.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: During the "Kiss the Girl" sequence, flamingos are seen despite the setting being implied to be around Europe. In real-life, there are actually species of flamingos that are native to Southern Europe (The greater flamingos, which are also native to parts of Africa and South Asia). Likewise, the fireflies being in the lagoon is also of this trope, as they can exist in temperate environments as well as in marshes.
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Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
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Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Ursula and her sister Morgana.
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Parental Favoritism
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Parental Favoritism: Despite their personality conflicts, Ariel is Daddy's favorite. According to the DVD Commentary, the directors and producers were a little uncomfortable with the idea of a parent having a favorite child, but rationalized it out as Ariel being the most like her father in temperament. Also, she's the youngest daughter and the one more resembling her dead mother. Psychologically, she reminds Triton of his wife and, while her eldest sisters had, at least for a while, a mother and a father, Triton feels constantly the brunt of educating, caring and sheltering Ariel alone.note However, this was not part of the original filmmakers' considerations, as it was added in by the direct-to-video team two decades later.
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Humiliation Conga
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Normally Scuttle when telling Ariel "facts" about the human world is in a jovial tone, or at least she can figure out he's wrong instantly. When he flies to Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian after seeing Ursula's reflection in Vanessa's mirror, he's frantic and serious, quickly telling them "the prince is marrying the sea witch in disguise!" Even though Sebastian questions him, the trio realize that he's right, and that they have to get to the ship. Then when Sebastian orders Scuttle to stall the wedding, Scuttle calls all the sea creatures and birds he can find, to give Vanessa a Humiliation Conga and smash her shell.
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Teeth Flying
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Teeth Flying: At the end of the movie, Louis the chef loses a few teeth after getting hit on the face by a mast.
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_898d0f32
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_89937faf
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Watching the Sunset
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_89937faf
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Watching the Sunset
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_89a17726
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Spell My Name with an
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_89a17726
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Spell My Name with an "S": Ariel's sister's name, Aquata, is clearly pronounced (and spelled, in the captions) AquaNta in "The Daughters of Triton" in the 1989 film. Also, concept artwork indicated that Vanessa's name was originally supposed to be spelled with an "e" instead of an "a" (meaning, it was intended to be spelled "Venessa").
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8abec76d
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Even the Dog Is Ashamed
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8abec76d
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Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Max gets annoyed at Prince Eric's cluelessness over whether or not the mute Ariel was the one he's been looking for.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8abec76d
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8abec76d
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8ad43dc9
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8ad43dc9
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In Ariel's Beginning, Ariel joins Flounder, Sebastian, and the Catfish Club Band after escaping from Atlantica.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8ad43dc9
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8ad43dc9
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8b4f2a4f
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'80s Hair
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8b4f2a4f
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'80s Hair: Ariel. Doubly impressive in that her hair is like that when she's out of the water and sopping wet. Not even the power of the ocean can defeat THAT volume. Underwater... well, hair spreads out underwater. This is why female scuba divers keep theirs short.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8b4f2a4f
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8b4f2a4f
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8d0785d5
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Didn't Think This Through
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8d0785d5
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Didn't Think This Through: Subverted. After Ariel hears the deal about if she does or doesn't kiss Eric, she starts reasoning that if she becomes human, she'll never see her father or sisters again. Considering what Triton just did, it's very wise of her to factor this in to her decision. Ursula then points out, "But you'll have your man. Life has tough choices in it, heh-heh." Then when Ursula demands Ariel's voice as payment, Ariel immediately protests, "But without my voice, how can I-?" with the obvious concern that she won't get Eric to fall in love with her. Ursula interrupts with, "You've got your looks! Your pretty face!" and sings about how men prefer women to not talk. While Ariel impulsively signs the contract and runs into problems communicating with Eric, she did put some thought into what she was doing. Ursula gets this. She turns Ariel into a being that can't breathe water while Ariel's at the bottom of the sea. To make matters worse, Ariel can't swim as well in her human form and it's freezing in the ocean at that depth, so how was Ursula going to get Ariel to the surface if Sebastian and Flounder hadn't been watching?
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8d0785d5
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8f900ccd
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Overly Long Name
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8f900ccd
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Overly Long Name: Horatio Felonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8f900ccd
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8f900ccd
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8fc111c3
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Evil Eyebrows
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8fc111c3
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Evil Eyebrows: Ursula.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8fc111c3
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_8fc111c3
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_907a3f07
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Slapstick Knows No Gender
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_907a3f07
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Slapstick Knows No Gender: Scuttle's plan to stop the wedding involves having Ursula attacked with nearly everything him and the ocean can throw at her, compared to the rest of the climax this is played very comically. Bonus points since Ursula is still in her far more feminine "Vanessa" disguise at this point. One could argue that Ariel gets into a mild form of this every now and again, most notably at the dinner scene where she confuses the fork for a hairbrush-like object and essentially makes herself look like an idiot. Relatively tame by the standards of her successor princesses, but it is notable how she got the ball rolling for this trope to apply even to the female lead.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91438937
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Gonky Femme
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91438937
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Gonky Femme: Ursula is frightening, obese and mannish looking, but behaves as a sexy seductress, down to her make up, hip swinging and mannerisms-
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91438937
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91438937
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_916c72b3
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Rule of Symbolism
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_916c72b3
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Rule of Symbolism: Ursula is meant to be the personification of lust, with Ariel being purity. There is a similar metaphor in the original story, with the mermaid being lust and the Temple princess being purity, which is why the latter gets the prince.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_916c72b3
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_916c72b3
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91c001
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Cute Mute
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91c001
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Cute Mute: Ariel when she loses her voice.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91c001
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_91c001
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_93498cef
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Steel Drums and Sunshine
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_93498cef
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Steel Drums and Sunshine: "Under the Sea," Sebastian the crab's song about how it's great to live in the ocean, prominently features steel drums. The song is also popular with pannists in real life.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_93498cef
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_93498cef
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9578e935
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Bare Your Midriff
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9578e935
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Bare Your Midriff: By default for every mermaid. Ursula isn't in this category.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9578e935
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9578e935
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_957e5fc2
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Villainous Breakdown
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_957e5fc2
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Villainous Breakdown: Ursula near the end.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_957e5fc2
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_957e5fc2
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9591377d
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Heel Realization
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9591377d
comment
Heel Realization: Sebastian, twice; after he spills Ariel's secret, leading to the destruction of her 'collection', and after he tries to coerce her into trying to go back on Ursula's deal. He helps Ariel in her mission wholeheartedly after the second time. Triton also gets one. Look closely at his face as he leaves after destroying Ariel's collection: As he sees his daughter sobbing uncontrollably, you can imagine him thinking "My God, What Have I Done?". Then Ariel and Sebastian go missing, and no one can find them; all Triton can do is organize search parties and fret.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_96a33f11
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Riddle for the Ages
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_96a33f11
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Riddle for the Ages: Why does Triton see humans as enemies and forbid merpeople from going above water? It isn't until the threequel that we probably get this answer.
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_96a33f11
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_970c790a
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Big Bad
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_970c790a
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Big Bad: Ursula.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_970c790a
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_987be393
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Gambit Roulette
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_987be393
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Gambit Roulette: Played with. Ursula's plan to get Ariel and use her as leverage against Triton hinged on Ariel's failure to get kissed by Eric before the third sunset. Ursula initially believed this was an Impossible Task without Ariel's voice and figured she just needed to sit and wait. However, when she saw how close Ariel and Eric were getting and realized that Eric would kiss Ariel before time ran out, she was forced to improvise by disguising herself as Vanessa and keep the two apart.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_987be393
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_987be393
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_99ddfcec
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_99ddfcec
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had the Seahorse Herald had been a tad bit more specific on why Triton needed to see Sebastian about Ariel, the crab wouldn't have thought it was because the Sea King knew about Prince Eric.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a182042
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Princesses Prefer Pink
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a182042
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Princesses Prefer Pink: Ariel's dinner dress and nightgown are both pink.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a182042
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a6fbae7
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Hurt Foot Hop
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a6fbae7
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Hurt Foot Hop: This happens to Chef Louis after a pan falls onto his foot while he is chasing after Sebastian. He briefly hops in pain, clutching his other foot in both hands.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9a6fbae7
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ad6ea63
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Depth Deception
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ad6ea63
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Depth Deception: Scuttle sees Ariel through a spyglass from the wrong end, and shouts to her as if she were far away, even though she is actually a few inches in front of him. When she moves the spyglass away, Scuttle exclaims, "Whoa, what a swim!"
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ad6ea63
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9afa05c7
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Family-Unfriendly Death
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9afa05c7
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Family-Unfriendly Death: Flotsam and Jetsam get hit by a stray blast from the trident, and explode into tiny fragments of flesh, bone and eyes. And since Ursula actually loved them, this winds up pissing her off. Ursula's death. Eric comes up from behind her using a sunken ship and rams the mast through her stomach with the point sticking out of her back, while being shocked by the power of the trident, seeing her skeleton flashing a few times before sinking into the sea and disintegrating. You can even see her pieces sinking to the ocean floor (though there's never any blood). The original draft of the above scene originally had Eric wrestle the trident from her long enough to "oblige" her when she demands he give it back... by tossing it right through her heart (this scene was re-used in Kingdom Hearts II).
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9afa05c7
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9afa05c7
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9b54d536
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Evil Counterpart
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9b54d536
comment
Evil Counterpart: Vanessa, Ursula's disguise, even without Ariel's voice, greatly resembles Ariel herself, albeit overall much darker. She also technically doubles as an Evil Brunette Twin.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9b54d536
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9b54d536
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9b54d536
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9bfb2f41
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Dead Guy on Display
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9bfb2f41
comment
Dead Guy on Display: The kitchen to Sebastian, which was full of seafood dishes and fish prepared to be cooked up. To Sebastian's absolute horror, he sees a plate of stuffed crabs, resulting in him fainting on the spot.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9bfb2f41
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9bfb2f41
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9bfb2f41
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9c4a7090
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Springtime for Hitler
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9c4a7090
comment
Springtime for Hitler: The reason why Ursula demands Ariel's voice as payment for turning her into a human is that she knows Eric is in love with the voice and not the actual girl, and humans don't fall in love in just three days. Her scheme backfires; Eric starts falling for Ariel because she makes him laugh and have fun, and when he finds out her name he's more flexible about potentially imposing on his guest. Ursula has to hypnotize Eric to make sure Ariel doesn't get the kiss in time.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9c4a7090
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9c4a7090
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9c4a7090
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9d12bbc1
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Foreshadowing
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9d12bbc1
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Foreshadowing: The "Under the Sea" musical number has Sebastian singing about how humans use fish for food. In the middle of the film, poor Sebastian ends up in a kitchen full of fish food, and almost becomes food himself.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9d12bbc1
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9d39440e
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Right-Hand Attack Dog
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9d39440e
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Right-Hand Attack Dog: Ursula the Sea Witch's pet green moray eel minions Flotsam and Jetsam.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ddf598a
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Mundane Object Amazement
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ddf598a
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Mundane Object Amazement: Ariel is amazed at things like forks and spoons.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9ddf598a
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9de3695d
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Alto Villainess
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9de3695d
comment
Alto Villainess: Ursula certainly qualifies. In the movie, she's got Pat Carroll's throaty, almost masculine contralto. note  In fact, she was supposed to be voiced by infamous Drag Queen Divine, and it shows even in the final film. However, s/he died prior to the recording sessions, so they hired Carroll instead.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9de3695d
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9de3695d
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e0c3153
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e0c3153
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "...You turn back into a mermaid. And, you belong. To me."
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e0c3153
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e0c3153
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e1e14ea
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Ambition Is Evil
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e1e14ea
comment
Ambition Is Evil: Ursula in the original film, Morgana in Return to the Sea and Marina Del Ray in Ariel's Beginning. Played Straight in the Disney on Broadway version as well, with Ursula having the line: "Girls with ambition! They don't like that, do they? No."
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e1e14ea
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e83f027
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Amazing Technicolor Population
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e83f027
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Amazing Technicolor Population: Alana, Adella, Aquata, Attina, Arista, Andrina and Ariel all have different tail-colors. They're like an all-female underwater Sentai.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e83f027
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e83f027
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e83f027
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e9203e1
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Dramatically Missing the Point
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e9203e1
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Dramatically Missing the Point: When Flounder tries to defend Ariel and tells about how they were chased by a shark which could have killed both of them, Triton's response is fairly lackadaisical. But, the second Flounder accidentally lets it slip that they went to the surface, Triton goes apeshit. Which is strikingly bizarre for an Overprotective Dad trying his very best to keep his youngest daughter out of harm's way.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e9203e1
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9e9203e1
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9f6fb586
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Leitmotif
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9f6fb586
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Leitmotif: Used and subverted. Normally it's a good thing to hear Ariel's Voice, but in the scene when Eric throws his flute into the sea and seems ready to marry voiceless Ariel, hearing that song turns into an Oh, Crap! moment for the audience.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_9f6fb586
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0434be6
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Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0434be6
comment
Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Vanessa certainly qualifies.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0434be6
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0434be6
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a080eec4
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Gorgeous Garment Generation
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a080eec4
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Gorgeous Garment Generation
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a080eec4
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0eeac39
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Odd Name Out
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0eeac39
comment
Odd Name Out: Ariel's name starts with A like her sisters', but it does not end with A. But sometimes she does....like in the Croatian and Italian dubs.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a0eeac39
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_a1b141f4
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Triton when he blames himself for Ariel's disappearance as well as Sebastian's, given the way he acted. This foreshadows his eventual Heroic Sacrifice to being Ursula's prisoner instead of Ariel. Downplayed but when Ariel is in Ursula's clutches after failing to get Eric's kiss, she tries to apologize to her father. When he is turned into a polyp in her place she's clearly horrified. Sebastian also has a similar reaction after Triton destroys Ariel's things. Like the former, this prompts him to try and help Ariel to make amends.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Ursula, which is unusual for a Disney villain. Subverted in the TV series, though.
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Wedding Smashers
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Wedding Smashers: Scuttle rounds up every critter in the area to crash the Vanessa/Eric nuptials, buying Ariel time to get to the wedding barge.
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Jailbait
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Jailbait: Ariel has just turned sixteen at the start of the movie, but no one makes any issue of her getting married what is presumably just weeks later. Possibly because she's royalty. Teen marriage was also much more common at the time, sixteen wouldn't really have been considered an unusual age to be getting married.
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Adaptation Dye-Job
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Adaptation Dye-Job: All of Ariel's sisters had blue eyes in the original film. In the prequel, most of the girls' eye colors change.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: "You're too late!" The music track "Destruction of the Grotto" starts out all lively and cheerful as Ariel admires her Prince Eric statue. When Triton shows up, the music does a total 180. Damn, that Menken knows how to write music.
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Orifice Invasion
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Orifice Invasion: The giant hands Ursula summons go down Ariel's throat to claim her voice.
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Rule of Three
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Rule of Three: "Before the sun sets on the third day..."
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: Ursula's "garden" is made of former merfolk, now helpless, voiceless polyps, whom she transformed after they made near-impossible "deals" with her.
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Super Strength
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Super Strength: Implied with Ariel when the movie first shows her grotto, where she moves a boulder aside with ease when accessing it. Flounder is a freaking powerhouse. He's able to pull Ariel and the barrel fast enough to catch up with the wedding barge, too; and he pulls her all the way to the surface from the bottom of the ocean right after she transforms. And let's not forget it was Flounder who got Eric's statue into Ariel's grotto.
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Love at First Sight
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Love at First Sight: Ariel for Eric, with a chaser of Florence Nightingale Effect.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Scuttle, despite spending most of the movie as a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, leads the sea world in an attempt to crash Eric and "Vanessa's" wedding, and is directly responsible for destroying Ursula's conch, thus giving back Ariel her voice and breaking Eric from Ursula's hypnosis in time to realise what is going on.
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Actionized Adaptation
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Actionized Adaptation: The movie made the Sea Witch the main villain, had her grow gigantic, and battle Eric and Ariel after gaining control of the entire ocean. This scene was even more action-packed than what was originally intended, with Jeffrey Katzenberg telling the writers to take inspiration from the just-released Die Hard.
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Chekhov's Skill
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Chekhov's Skill: Ariel is established as fairly strong, given she can move a boulder underwater with her bare hands, climb a ship's side with ease, and float a drowning man to the surface in seconds. She doesn't lose her strength when having to climb onto Eric's wedding barge, and does so pretty fast considering she's wearing a waterlogged gown. Eric piloting (or at least attempting to) his ship in the hurricane. He manages to grab onto a shipwreck that Ursula accidentally summons with her trident, and directs it despite the choppy waters to kill her.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ursula throwing a monkey wrench into her deal with Ariel to usurp power is ultimately a catalyst for Eric killing her for trying to kill Ariel, which convinces Triton to overcome his hatred of humans and let Ariel stay with Eric and depart with him and the rest of his kingdom on good terms.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Sebastian when he sees Ariel has rescued human Eric and is singing over him. Complete with Jaw Drop. He does another one when he accidentally rats Ariel out to Triton. Also, when Ariel sees her father in her grotto after she swoons over the Eric statue. After Ariel blurts out she loves Eric directly to Triton's face, both she, Triton, AND Sebastian have this expression. Cue another one from Ariel and Sebastian when Triton shortly afterwards starts destroying the grotto. Sebastian is a king of this trope; he does ANOTHER one when Ariel tells him she's going to Ursula, and this time, he has good reason to be horrified. And both Sebastian and Flounder when Ariel signs Ursula's contract and gets turned into a human. He gives another one when they're on land. Sebastian again when he finds himself face to face with the kitchen's contents, including stuffed crabs. Cue faint. Then once more when he sees Chef Louie and nearly throws up. Then again when he runs into a dismembered fish head. As a matter of fact, Sebastian does an Oh, Crap! look virtually every five seconds in this part of the film as he gets noticed; every example would require its own page (along with Louie when the jig ends). Eric when Ariel starts their carriage running towards a cliff. Ariel and Sebastian when they see Eric hypnotized into marriage with Vanessa/Ursula. "Vanessa" does a big one as a big flock of birds speed towards her. "Vanessa"/Ursula when she speaks after this and realizes she no longer has Ariel's voice. The entire wedding barge when Ursula drops her disguise. Ariel and Sebastian after Ursula turns Triton into a polyp. Ursula when her "babies" get zapped. Flounder and Sebastian when Ursula goes One-Winged Angel. Ariel and Eric when confronted with One-Winged Angel Ursula. Ariel when Ursula traps her. Ursula when she gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Eric. Sebastian when Louie finds him on the wedding barge. "Oh my gosh! My father's gonna kill me!" Scuttle when he sees Ursula's reflection in Vanessa's mirror. Ariel has the same reaction when he frantically reports that the "bride" is Ursula in disguise! It suddenly all makes sense now! Flounder when he sees the shark behind him.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Grimsby.
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Expository Theme Tune
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Expository Theme Tune: The film opens with the short Daughters of Triton number which gives a brief summary of the characters. Sebastion apparently wrote a shout-out to HIMSELF into the number.
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Falling-in-Love Montage
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Falling-in-Love Montage: Ariel and Eric touring the kingdom.
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Fish out of Water
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Fish out of Water: Ariel's a near-literal example.
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Beautiful Singing Voice
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Beautiful Singing Voice: A central plot point. Ariel's singing voice is the one thing Ursula takes away from her before turning her into a human. Later, her voice is the one thing that makes Prince Eric remember her as the girl who saved his life when he shipwrecked at sea.
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Digital Destruction
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On early pressings of the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, the ending of the "Part of Your World" sequence plays differently than it originally did. Instead of cutting from Ariel reaching her hand out towards the surface, to her floating back down onto a rock, it cuts from Ariel reaching out, to Flounder looking sad. Also, the scene transition when Ariel and Flounder go to visit Scuttle has changed from a dissolve to a cut. (See the Digital Destruction entry for more.)
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Ariel all the way. She spends the first half of the movie in a Seashell Bra and nothing else, she is nude when she's turned into a human and she gets a very flattering dress towards the end. She was the first Disney Princess to have a degree of sexuality in her design.
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Lord of the Ocean
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Lord of the Ocean: King Triton himself is ruler of a race of merpeople in an underwater acropolis. The untold magical power of his trident makes one question whether or not he is the Greek God of his namesake, especially when Ursula gets a hold of it.
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Collector of the Strange
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Collector of the Strange: Ariel, who collects many items considered mundane to humans but strange to merfolk.
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Grass Is Greener
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Grass Is Greener: "Betcha on land they understand/Bet they don't... reprimand their daughters..." In "Under the Sea", Sebastian points out, "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake..."
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Evil Overlooker
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Evil Overlooker: Some posters for the film have Ursula sporting a nasty grin and staring down at Ariel/the viewer.
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Rainbow Motif
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Rainbow Motif: The seven daughters of Triton each have a different color tail. If we were to arrange them chromatically, they are: Arista (red), Attina (orange), Adella (yellow), Ariel (green), Aquata (blue), Andrina (purple), Alana (pink).
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And Then What?
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And Then What?: When Ursula lays her terms for the deal, Ariel points out some of the problems with it: becoming human means that she won't see her father or sister again. And if she gives up her voice, how can she convince Eric to fall in love with her? Ursula has a legitimate answer for the first point; Ariel is going to have to make a tough choice. For the second, she asserts that Ariel's looks, pretty face, and "body language!" are enough to win Eric over.
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Hypno Trinket
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Hypno Trinket: The shell containing Ariel's voice. Inverted in that it is Ursula who is wearing it and using it to manipulate Eric, rather than the usual case of the antagonist placing it on the victim.
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Ink-Suit Actor
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Ink-Suit Actor: Scuttle and his voice actor, the late Buddy Hackett. Hackett had his wife take photos of his face as he tried to make seagull-esque expressions in preparation for the role, and it seems the animators used those photos as reference material. Subverted with Ursula, although just barely. Her design was based on Divine, and apparently was actually intended to be voiced by Divine, but he died before he could lend the voice. Ariel's face and movements were heavily modelled on her voice actress, the very redheaded Jodi Benson. Even twenty years later, the resemblance is incredibly striking. And we can't forget Sherri "Slappy Squirrel" Stoner, who served as the main physical model for Ariel. That little lip-biting thing Ariel does on occasion? That's all Sherri. Eric is also an animated version of Christopher Daniel Barnes. There's almost no difference between the two. Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian—especially on the lips.
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Demoted to Extra
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Demoted to Extra: Ariel's sisters, who had more to do in the original story.
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Forgotten Fallen Friend
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Forgotten Fallen Friend: Subverted. When Sebastian and Ariel both go missing, Triton asks the Herald if there's any sign of "them," not just his daughter, when he sends out search parties. He considers Sebastian as his closest friend and is heartbroken at the thought of having driven him away as well as his daughter.
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Fiery Redhead
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Fiery Redhead: Ariel. If one takes the prequel movie as canon, her father is a male example - as he had auburn hair in his youth.
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It's All About Me
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Sebastian get a lot of character growth too. He spends the first half of the movie obsessing about how what Ariel does will affect him, and in fact rats her out to Triton because he's afraid of Triton punishing him. After seeing the horror Ariel goes through as a result and getting nearly served for dinner by Chef Louis, he decides to make Ariel happy and spends the rest of the movie trying to help her. Fittingly enough, both Triton and Sebastian's character development is underlined in a conversation between them.
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Hard Truth Aesop
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Hard Truth Aesop: This movie emphasizes that finding the perfect romantic partner for you is impossible. Eric tries so hard to find the mysterious girl who saved him, and fails to realize the redheaded mute combing her hair with a fork is the same person. Ariel finds out that Eric can be obsessive and ignore what's in front of him, but she loves him regardless and he has a good heart. Neither are perfect, but they realize they want to be together despite their flaws.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: In the stage musical, one of Ursula's songs, "I Want the Good Times Back", manages to squeeze in this line:
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Don't say anything about humans around King Triton.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bc74ef27
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bc74ef27
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bc74ef27
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bcf135d7
type
Curb-Stomp Cushion
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bcf135d7
comment
Curb-Stomp Cushion: His first attempt to save Ariel goes south, but Eric actually does land a direct hit on Ursula with his harpoon. The problem is that she's tougher than she looks and has a magical trident to disintegrate him.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bcf135d7
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bcf135d7
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bcf135d7
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bd4264a3
type
Slasher Smile
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bd4264a3
comment
Slasher Smile: Ursula does this quite a bit during the final battle. Vanessa, Ursula's disguise, has this when gloating about her inevitable victory (specifically, when she throws her hairpin at a mirror with enough force to knock the mirror back upon impact).
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bd4264a3
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bd4264a3
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bd4264a3
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bdb0438e
type
Everything's Better with Sparkles
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bdb0438e
comment
Everything's Better with Sparkles: When Triton returns Ariel to human form, she emerges from the sea before Eric in a sparkling silver dress.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bdb0438e
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bdb0438e
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bdb0438e
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bec0417c
type
Happily Married
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bec0417c
comment
Happily Married: Ariel and Eric, from the end of the first movie and into the sequel.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bec0417c
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bec0417c
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bec0417c
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf4a990
type
Despotism Justifies the Means
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf4a990
comment
Despotism Justifies the Means: Ursula's plans to rule, had she ruled as Queen of the Sea long enough.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf4a990
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf4a990
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf4a990
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf9163d9
type
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf9163d9
comment
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: King Triton's daughters are four dark-haired girls (Aquata, Attina, Adella, and Alana), two blondes (Arista and Andrina), and one redhead (Ariel).
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf9163d9
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf9163d9
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf9163d9
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf927e82
type
Non-Human Sidekick
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf927e82
comment
Non-Human Sidekick: Flounder, Sebastian, Scuttle, and Max for the goodies. Flotsam and Jetsam for the baddie.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf927e82
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf927e82
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_bf927e82
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2afffe
type
Take Me Instead
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2afffe
comment
Take Me Instead: This is the essence of King Triton's offer to Ursula. Ariel has signed her soul over to her and in order to break the Magically Binding Contract he has to put his signature in place of hers.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2afffe
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2afffe
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2afffe
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2cedc1c
type
Big
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2cedc1c
comment
Big "NO!": From Ariel, when her collection's destroyed and Ursula, when Eric's about to kiss Ariel.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2cedc1c
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2cedc1c
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2cedc1c
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2d978fe
type
Car Fu
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2d978fe
comment
Car Fu: More like "Ship Fu" and was done by Eric in the climax.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2d978fe
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2d978fe
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c2d978fe
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c335b9ec
type
Irony
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c335b9ec
comment
Irony: Eric and Grimsby repeatedly discuss Eric's dating life when Ariel is nearby. Even more irony: Grim councils Eric to forget his "dream girl" (Eric wished to marry the girl who saved him, not realizing it was Ariel), and to accept the real one he has.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c335b9ec
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c335b9ec
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c335b9ec
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3c18143
type
Hope Spot
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3c18143
comment
Hope Spot: At the stalled wedding, Scuttle smashes Ursula's shell just as Ariel climbs aboard. Her voice is returned to her, breaking the spell on Eric, and he realizes she was the girl all along. They embrace and come closer for a kiss...but the sun has gone down already, turning her back into a mermaid. Ursula gloats, returns to her real form, and snatches Ariel before jumping overboard.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3c18143
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3c18143
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3c18143
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3cb84e2
type
Simple, yet Opulent
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3cb84e2
comment
Simple, yet Opulent: Ariel's dresses in this movie have a few trimmings at most.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3cb84e2
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3cb84e2
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c3cb84e2
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c41e9867
type
Intangible Price
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c41e9867
comment
Intangible Price: Ursula insists on Ariel's voice in exchange for turning her human.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c41e9867
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c41e9867
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c41e9867
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c55c31e2
type
Non-Standard Character Design
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c55c31e2
comment
Non-Standard Character Design: Ironically, the merpeople have much more realistic designs and proportions than those of the humans (With the exception of Eric and Vanessa.)
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c55c31e2
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c55c31e2
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c55c31e2
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c5fe6c81
type
Strong Family Resemblance
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c5fe6c81
comment
Strong Family Resemblance: In Ariel's Beginning, Queen Athena looks exactly like Ariel with green eyes. In the sequel, Melody looks a lot like Eric, down to her bangs and eyebrows.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c5fe6c81
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c5fe6c81
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c5fe6c81
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c63e5338
type
It Runs in the Family
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c63e5338
comment
It Runs in the Family: Ariel sees Triton as an overprotective, suffocating father unable to understand her needs and desires and spends her adolescence trying to find a way to reach her dreams and defy his authority, despite loving him dearly. But then, Ariel manages to reach her dreams, have her father accept her as an adult, marry her sweetheart... and becomes the tormented mother of a rebellious daughter believing her to be overprotective, suffocating, unable to understand her needs and desires, who spends her entire adolescence trying to find a way to reach her dreams and defy her authority, despite loving her mother as much as she loved his father. On the other side, Triton is a loving, doting father trying to shelter her daughter for every perceived threat... as Ariel becomes a similar, if not equal, parental figure for her own daughter. Unlike Triton, Ariel didn't destroy her daughter's things; she just told her off for disobeying her and realized she went too far when Melody ran off crying, deciding that Melody needs to know the truth. Seems that genetics conspire to turn every rebellious teen in Triton's family into an adult Mama Wolf or Papa Bear as soon as the biological clock starts ticking.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c63e5338
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c63e5338
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c63e5338
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c660bc15
type
Fan Disservice
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c660bc15
comment
Fan Disservice: Ursula's Jiggle Show during "Poor Unfortunate Souls". invoked The elderly preacher's knees, way more so.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c660bc15
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c660bc15
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c660bc15
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c75df49a
type
Shout-Out
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c75df49a
comment
Shout-Out: Prince Eric was named after animator Eric Larson, one of Disney's Nine Old Men, in his honor. So an octopus-monster, Ursula, is menacing everyone. Heroically, Eric pilots a ship into her, the snapped bowsprit impaling it and sending it back to whence it came. But enough about the end of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu"... One of Ariel's sisters is named Alana, after composer Alan Menken. Alana also means 'harbor'. This is the reason why they ended up changing the ending to the final version. Apparently, one of the creators had recently seen Die Hard, and thought they should make the movie more action-packed like the movie (which probably explains the "Ship-Fu" at the end of the movie).
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c75df49a
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c75df49a
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c75df49a
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c78c0896
type
Big Friendly Dog
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c78c0896
comment
Big Friendly Dog: Prince Eric's dog, Max. As Eric puts it, he's a knucklehead but he's harmless.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c78c0896
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c78c0896
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c78c0896
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c819533b
type
Rage Breaking Point
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c819533b
comment
Rage Breaking Point: Triton was already furious that his daughter had made contact with a human, but Ariel's defying shout of "I love him!" proved to be the straw that broke the seahorse's back.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c819533b
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c819533b
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c819533b
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c93a6560
type
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c93a6560
comment
Ursula when she gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Eric.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c93a6560
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c93a6560
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c93a6560
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c99d44aa
type
Lost Voice Plot
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c99d44aa
comment
Lost Voice Plot: Ariel didn't lose her voice in the normal way, but, through magic, she had it stolen.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c99d44aa
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c99d44aa
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_c99d44aa
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ca803242
type
Power Hair
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ca803242
comment
Power Hair: Ursula.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ca803242
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ca803242
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ca803242
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_caa28b82
type
Cloudcuckoolander
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_caa28b82
comment
Cloudcuckoolander: Scuttle. Arguably Ariel herself, especially compared to the other Disney Princesses and the other merfolk. Her family would have thought she was out there for having an interest in land, and what other Disney Princess is a Collector of the Strange?
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_caa28b82
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_caa28b82
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_caa28b82
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cc4d190a
type
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cc4d190a
comment
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: After Ursula gains the godlike powers of King Triton in the climax and transforms into a giant sea monster version of herself, Eric saves the day by piloting a ship to impale Ursula. This is based on the end of The Call of Cthulhu (!).
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cc4d190a
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cc4d190a
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cc4d190a
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ccb97ff2
type
Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ccb97ff2
comment
Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The "Daughters of Triton" song.. It's a concert Sebastian has created with all of Triton's daughters and is supposed to be the grand debut of Triton's youngest daughter, the lead character of the film, the Little Mermaid we know as Ariel.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ccb97ff2
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ccb97ff2
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ccb97ff2
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ce6555f0
type
Lighter and Softer
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ce6555f0
comment
Lighter and Softer: When compared to the original story, which had a very unhappy ending. Well, it is a Disney movie after all.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ce6555f0
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ce6555f0
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ce6555f0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cf48c17
type
Nightmare Face
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cf48c17
comment
Nightmare Face: "So help me, Ariel, I am going to get through to you, and if this is the only way, so be it!"
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cf48c17
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cf48c17
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_cf48c17
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d238fd9d
type
Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d238fd9d
comment
Ariel is naked when she becomes human, and as a mermaid, she (and her fellow merpeople) show a lot of skin: the women wear only a Seashell Bra, and the men go bare-chested.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d238fd9d
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d238fd9d
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d238fd9d
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d397657d
type
Hoist by His Own Petard
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d397657d
comment
Hoist by His Own Petard: If Ursula wasn't such a showoff, she would not have surfaced Eric's ship and enabled him to kill her. A fitting death for a sea witch with an ego that outsizes her.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d397657d
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d397657d
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d397657d
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d3e3e878
type
Love at First Note
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d3e3e878
comment
Love at First Note: Eric for Ariel.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d3e3e878
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d3e3e878
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d3e3e878
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d507ecfc
type
Does Not Like Shoes
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d507ecfc
comment
Does Not Like Shoes: There are more shots of human Ariel with clearly bare feet than clearly wearing shoes.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d507ecfc
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d507ecfc
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d507ecfc
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d5abf14c
type
Animal Eye Spy
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d5abf14c
comment
Animal Eye Spy: Ursula uses this with her eels Flotsam and Jetsum to keep an eye on Ariel.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d5abf14c
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d5abf14c
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d5abf14c
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d97f6f0c
type
Musicalis Interruptus
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d97f6f0c
comment
Musicalis Interruptus: Some of the best around.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d97f6f0c
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d97f6f0c
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_d97f6f0c
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_da4a8208
type
Progressive Instrumentation
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_da4a8208
comment
Progressive Instrumentation: "Kiss the Girl" has the various animals jump in one at a time.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_da4a8208
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_da4a8208
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_da4a8208
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dae5c997
type
Action Girl
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dae5c997
comment
Action Girl: Ariel is one of the first Disney Princesses to fight villains directly, fighting off a shark, saving Eric from drowning in a storm, and distracting Ursula when she tries to blast Eric, though Eric rescues her from Ursula in the end. In the stage musical, she's the one who kills Ursula, not Eric.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dae5c997
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dae5c997
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dae5c997
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db27d520
type
Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db27d520
comment
Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The sea creatures and plant life all come in very bright colors that make the underwater world pop.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db27d520
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db27d520
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db27d520
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db7c3858
type
One Mario Limit
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db7c3858
comment
One Mario Limit: "Ursula" wasn't a very common English name to begin with, but no reasoning parent today would name their child such, thanks to the villain of this film. Unless, of course, they are George of the Jungle or Ursula Andress fans.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db7c3858
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db7c3858
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_db7c3858
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dc3d72e6
type
Something We Forgot
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dc3d72e6
comment
"Oh my gosh! My father's gonna kill me!"
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dc3d72e6
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dc3d72e6
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dc3d72e6
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dca70c44
type
Reasonable Authority Figure
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dca70c44
comment
Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. King Triton tries to be as he's gently telling Ariel off for missing her debut concert, while Sebastian is playing the Bad Cop. When he finds out Ariel went to the surface, he chews her out because she could have been hurt by humans, and won't listen to her protests that nothing happened.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dca70c44
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dca70c44
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dca70c44
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dd3d1f69
type
Wicked Witch
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dd3d1f69
comment
Wicked Witch: Although Ursula is a member of a fairy race rather than human, she's considered a Wicked Witch to merpeople.
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dd3d1f69
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dd3d1f69
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1.0
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_dd3d1f69
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ddab9ac8
type
Bad Samaritan
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Bad Samaritan: Ursula.
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Pinocchio Syndrome
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Pinocchio Syndrome: "Part of your World" is a passionate declaration of the desire to become human. The desire becomes uncontrollable after Ariel's encounter with Eric, who could be said to represent the human world she's always longed for. Even after she becomes human, she is just as, if not more, focused on exploring as she is on kissing Eric and saving her own life.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e03c448e
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Water Is Air
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Water Is Air: The animators worked their butts off to make the underwater physics at least more believable than usual, so we'll chalk up Ariel gasping and crying as a Translation Convention. Actually, it is theoretically possible for her to gasp underwater because, since she lives underwater, she probably has gills that activate when underwater, a binary respiratory system, if you will. Subverted on the whole with Ariel's movements within the water, for the creation of which animators referenced the movements of astronauts in zero gravity. Also, why they censor Ariel's movements on land: they don't show how she got Eric on the shore, or how she climbs the ship and later the rock. It would look really awkward if they showed her dragging herself around, but still,... And completely un-subverted in the prequel by having merpeople swim down the 'streets' in a completely upright posture, as if they were walking on feet, even though their tails don't touch the ground.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e13156e1
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Mama Bear
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e13156e1
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Mama Bear: Ursula did not take Flotsam and Jetsam's deaths well. "Babies! My poor little poopsies!"
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e1ba59f3
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Voice Changeling
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e1ba59f3
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Voice Changeling: It actually is Jodi Benson talking and singing for Ursula in the Vanessa disguise, sounding pettier and more cacophonic. Ursula uses it until Scuttle smashes her shell and Ariel receives her voice back.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e34ada78
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Authority Equals Asskicking
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e34ada78
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Authority Equals Asskicking: Prince Eric, master of Ship Fu.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e43c66bd
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Art Evolution
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e43c66bd
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Art Evolution: This was the last Disney film to use traditional hand-painted animation cels. All subsequent Disney films were produced in digital ink-and-paint. Two scenes in Little Mermaid were done with digital ink-and-paint, however. They are Ariel running down the stairs before finding out about Vanessa (to accommodate the CGI stair background) and the wedding scene at the end.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e453ef50
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Crystal Ball
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e453ef50
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Crystal Ball: Ursula has a bubble that serves as this. It's also heavily implied that Flotsam and Jetsam's eyes act as this.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e4965307
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Composite Character
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Composite Character: In the original fairy tale, there's a sea witch who gives the mermaid her legs and a human princess whom the prince marries; Ursula combines them both, along with Adaptational Villainy.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e4f05faa
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Jaw Drop
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Sebastian when he sees Ariel has rescued human Eric and is singing over him. Complete with Jaw Drop.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e543a655
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Light Is Not Good
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Light Is Not Good: In this movie, when the trident glows, something bad is about to happen (Triton destroys the grotto in one of the most frightening scenes in Disney history, Ursula usurps him, etc). Subverted after Ursula's defeat, when it's used to turn Ariel human permanently.
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PimpedOutDress
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Pimped-Out Dress: The dinner dress Ariel is given as well as her wedding dress.
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Determinator
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Determinator: Ariel with her desire to be human and marry Eric and Eric's desire to marry the girl who saved his life.
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Super Not-Drowning Skills
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Super Not-Drowning Skills: On the other end of the spectrum, Eric seems to possess this in the first movie's finale, during which he dives into the sea, and to throw a harpoon at Ursula, while he's about 6 feet away from his rowboat.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e602b55b
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Shadow Discretion Shot
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Shadow Discretion Shot: Ariel's transformation into a human by Ursula. Subverted though, in that if you lighten the color on your monitor, you can see see a good deal of Ariel's nude body.
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Clothing Damage
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Clothing Damage: Eric loses his boots in the ocean twice in the film (when Ariel rescues him from drowning, and later after defeating Ursula), and his pant legs get torn. It's worth noting though that in real life, it is very difficult for boots to come off in water.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e796ce97
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Blackface
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Blackface: The "Blackfish" in Under the Sea is borderline. Surprisingly, Disney hasn't edited it out... yet.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e83f211c
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OOC Is Serious Business
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OOC Is Serious Business: Normally Scuttle when telling Ariel "facts" about the human world is in a jovial tone, or at least she can figure out he's wrong instantly. When he flies to Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian after seeing Ursula's reflection in Vanessa's mirror, he's frantic and serious, quickly telling them "the prince is marrying the sea witch in disguise!" Even though Sebastian questions him, the trio realize that he's right, and that they have to get to the ship. Then when Sebastian orders Scuttle to stall the wedding, Scuttle calls all the sea creatures and birds he can find, to give Vanessa a Humiliation Conga and smash her shell. Sebastian ordering Scuttle to stall the wedding also counts. For their time together, Sebastian has treated Scuttle as a fool. When he gives his orders, he sincerely tells Scuttle to get to it, without his usual condescension.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_e96b33b9
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Loose Lips
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Loose Lips: Whilst making up a story to cover up Ariel's disappearance at the concert, Flounder inadvertently gets Ariel into trouble with Triton for going up to the surface by mentioning "seagull". How King Triton found out of Ariel's rescue of Eric and her secret grotto, after Sebastian spills the beans due to Triton pressuring him whilst questioning Sebastian about Ariel's behavior.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ea314e84
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Ode to Food
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Ode to Food: "Les Poissions" is a hammy song sung by a chef about how he loves to cook fish. Sebastian, who hears him singing, is simultaneously horrified and grossed out.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ea466005
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Angry Collar Grab
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Angry Collar Grab: Scuttle tries to convey urgent news to Sebastian and Flounder, but is too flustered to speak coherently. Scuttle resorts to seizing a dubious Sebastian by his shell, and punctuates the sentence, "The Prince is gonna marry the Sea Witch in disguise!" by slamming the poor crab into the pier.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eab751ef
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Censor Shadow
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Censor Shadow: After Ariel is transformed into a human, she's in the shadows before she leaves Ursula's lair.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eb01d70
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Princess Protagonist
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eb01d70
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Princess Protagonist: Ariel, the protagonist of the movie, is the princess of her undersea kingdom, though she rejects the life set out for her and falls in love with a human prince.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eb81c601
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Big Damn Heroes
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eb81c601
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Big Damn Heroes: Subverted when Eric tosses a harpoon at Ursula to stop her from threatening Ariel with the trident. All it does is annoy her enough to set her tights on killing him. It is played straight when Ariel redirects the trident's lethal blow to Flotsam and Jetsam instead. Played straight in the climax. Eric pilots a formerly sunken ship towards Ursula and rams her right when she's about to obliterate a trapped Ariel.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ec4375d
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Parents Are Wrong
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Parents Are Wrong: Ariel wants to live on land and marry a human. King Triton vetoes this, but eventually relents and realizes that "children should be free to live their own lives."
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ece6f910
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Moment Killer
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Moment Killer: Deliberately done by Floatsam and Jetsam when they knock over Eric and Ariel's boat, preventing the two from kissing.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_ecfbba60
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Fee Fi Faux Pas
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Fee Fi Faux Pas: Ariel, at her first dinner with Eric, uses a dinglehopper (a fork) to comb her hair (based on faulty information provided by Scuttle the seagull). She also grabs Grimsby's pipe and blows into it believing that it is a snarfblatt, which Scuttle blows like a trumpet.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_edada905
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Garden of Evil
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Garden of Evil: Ursula's garden of polyps at the entrance of her cave.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_edaedf90
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Vomit Discretion Shot
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Vomit Discretion Shot: During the opening "Fathoms Below", Grimsby is seasick from the rough waters and is Green Around the Gills when responding to Prince Eric's comment about the fresh sea air, and then his cheeks bulge and he leans over the ship's railing to puke, facing away from the camera.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_eede3c98
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Princesses Rule
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Princesses Rule: Gender Flipped with Prince Eric.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_effa6875
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Refrain from Assuming
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Refrain from Assuming: Ariel's main song, "Part Of Your World", can be mistaken as "Part of That World" as she says the latter in the song. She does say the former in the reprises, however. It's because at first, she's referring to "that" world in the abstract. Later, she's singing about being part of Eric's ("your") world.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f0508c08
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Decomposite Character
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Decomposite Character: Andersen's little mermaid only had five sisters; Ariel has six.
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Unbuilt Trope
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Unbuilt Trope: As the first proper Disney-Broadway film, that so many Animated Musicals have been inspired by, it's surprising to see that the musical elements are at least justified in-universe. A supporting character is a concert composer and he's responsible for some of the film's more splashy numbers. The heroine having a beautiful singing voice is also a plot point - and it's exploited by the villain.
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Fairytale Wedding Dress
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Fairytale Wedding Dress: Ariel's dress with the poofy sleeves.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f2d2ec5f
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Evil Chef
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Evil Chef: Chef Louie certainly is from Sebastian's perspective, what with him singing about how he loves to chop and to serve little fish. However, he doesn't really know the sea creatures are sentient.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f329f2a2
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Got Volunteered
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Got Volunteered: Sebastian ends up with the thankless job of keeping tabs on Ariel in the middle of a rant about how he'd make sure she stayed in line if she were his daughter.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f3aa6298
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Sealed with a Kiss
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Sealed with a Kiss: The clause of Ursula's contract with Ariel.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f48d0f54
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Not Evil, Just Misunderstood
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Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Ursula claims this.
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Villainous Glutton
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Villainous Glutton: Ursula.
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Static Character
 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f50defd6
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Static Character: Zigzagged. Thanks to Eric's influence, Ariel does learn she should stay true to her core beliefs, in spite of her father's xenophobia, and she also learns some of her more impulsive, short-sighted actions can have far-reaching consequences, but her character doesn't change that much in the first movie compared to other Disney protagonists. This could be a deliberate choice, since one of the main points of the original film is that people keep trying to force Ariel to be something that she's not and she finds happiness and acceptance on land, with Eric. In any case, the sequel gives her further, more significant Character Development, and the prequels flesh out her upbringing.
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 The Little Mermaid (1989) / int_f6e99f40
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Youngest Child Wins
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Youngest Child Wins: And is the only one to actually get married and leave home, apparently in this movie. Word of God says that Ariel is her father's favourite, because she is the most like her deceased mother.
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Magic Cauldron
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Magic Cauldron: Ursula, as befits someone who's called a witch, has something which is functionally equivalent to a witch's cauldron. It's used for Ariel's transformation sequence.
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Evil Slinks / int_f7ed2fd7
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Evil Sorcerer / int_f7ed2fd7
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Evil Sounds Deep / int_f7ed2fd7
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Eyes Are Unbreakable / int_f7ed2fd7
 Fade Around the Eyes
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 Fantastic Anthropologist
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Fat and Proud / int_f7ed2fd7
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Fee Fi Faux Pas / int_f7ed2fd7
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Feed It a Bomb / int_f7ed2fd7
 Film Comic
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 Fine, You Can Just Wait Here Alone
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 Fisher Kingdom
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Five Stages of Grief / int_f7ed2fd7
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Flip-Flop of God / int_f7ed2fd7
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Floating in a Bubble / int_f7ed2fd7
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Flower in Her Hair / int_f7ed2fd7
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Forgot I Couldn't Swim / int_f7ed2fd7
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Former Teen Rebel / int_f7ed2fd7
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Formerly Fit / int_f7ed2fd7
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Four-Legged Insect / int_f7ed2fd7
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Fourth Date Marriage / int_f7ed2fd7
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French Jerk / int_f7ed2fd7
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Friendly Tickle Torture / int_f7ed2fd7
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Full Moon Silhouette / int_f7ed2fd7
 Fury-Fueled Foolishness
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Gay Paree / int_f7ed2fd7
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Genocide from the Inside / int_f7ed2fd7
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Genre Throwback / int_f7ed2fd7
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Genre Turning Point / int_f7ed2fd7
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Gory Discretion Shot / int_f7ed2fd7
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Graceful Ladies Like Purple / int_f7ed2fd7
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Grass Is Greener / int_f7ed2fd7
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Gut Punch / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hair Reboot / int_f7ed2fd7
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He Panned It, Now He Sucks! / int_f7ed2fd7
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Help, I'm Stuck! / int_f7ed2fd7
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Heroes Love Dogs / int_f7ed2fd7
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Heroes Want Redheads / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hipster / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hold Your Hippogriffs / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hollywood Genetics / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hollywood Kiss / int_f7ed2fd7
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Holy Pipe Organ / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hotter and Sexier / int_f7ed2fd7
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How Do I Shot Web? / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hurt Foot Hop / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hypno Trinket / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hypnotize the Princess / int_f7ed2fd7
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Hypocritical Singing / int_f7ed2fd7
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I Just Want to Be Special / int_f7ed2fd7
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Image Song / int_f7ed2fd7
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice / int_f7ed2fd7
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Incredibly Obvious Bomb / int_f7ed2fd7
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Inner Monologue / int_f7ed2fd7
 Intangible Price
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Intangible Theft / int_f7ed2fd7
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Intercourse with You / int_f7ed2fd7
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It's All Junk / int_f7ed2fd7
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Jaw Drop / int_f7ed2fd7
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Keep It Foreign / int_f7ed2fd7
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K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Klingons Love Shakespeare / int_f7ed2fd7
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Knew It All Along / int_f7ed2fd7
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Know-Nothing Know-It-All / int_f7ed2fd7
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Leave Me Alone! / int_f7ed2fd7
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Leonine Contract / int_f7ed2fd7
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Letting the Air Out of the Band / int_f7ed2fd7
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Like Father, Unlike Son / int_f7ed2fd7
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Limb-Sensation Fascination / int_f7ed2fd7
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Little Bit Beastly / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Little / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Location Song / int_f7ed2fd7
 Looming Silhouette of Rage
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Loose Lips / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Lord of the Ocean / int_f7ed2fd7
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Losing a Shoe in the Struggle / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Lost Voice Plot / int_f7ed2fd7
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Love at First Note / int_f7ed2fd7
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Loves My Alter Ego / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Lyrical Cold Open / int_f7ed2fd7
 Magic Cauldron
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Make My Monster Grow / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Making a Splash / int_f7ed2fd7
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Maligned Mixed Marriage / int_f7ed2fd7
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Marilyn Maneuver / int_f7ed2fd7
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Match Cut / int_f7ed2fd7
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Maurice Chevalier Accent / int_f7ed2fd7
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Mermaid Media / int_f7ed2fd7
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Mermaid Works Launching This Weekend / int_f7ed2fd7
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Mid-Season Twist / int_f7ed2fd7
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Mind-Control Eyes / int_f7ed2fd7
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Minor Character, Major Song / int_f7ed2fd7
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Misaimed Marketing / int_f7ed2fd7
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Misplaced Wildlife / int_f7ed2fd7
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Mistaken Confession / int_f7ed2fd7
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Modest Royalty / int_f7ed2fd7
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Moe / int_f7ed2fd7
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Moment Killer / int_f7ed2fd7
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Money-Making Shot / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Mood Lighting / int_f7ed2fd7
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More Than Mind Control / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Mouthscreen / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Muppet Cameo / int_f7ed2fd7
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Named by the Adaptation / int_f7ed2fd7
 Narrative Shapeshifting
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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National Animal Stereotypes / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Near-Villain Victory / int_f7ed2fd7
 Nearly Normal Animal
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Neutral Evil / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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No Cartoon Fish / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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No Yay / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Noblewoman's Laugh / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Non-Dubbed Grunts / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Non-Human Sidekick / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Non-Singing Voice / int_f7ed2fd7
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Odd Name Out / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Ode to Food / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Once per Episode / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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One-Book Author / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations / int_f7ed2fd7
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One-Hit Wonder / int_f7ed2fd7
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One Mario Limit / int_f7ed2fd7
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Our Mermaids Are Different / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Overprotective Dad / int_f7ed2fd7
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P.O.V. Sequel / int_f7ed2fd7
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Painful Transformation / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Pale Females, Dark Males / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Parent Service / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Parental Title Characterization / int_f7ed2fd7
 Parents Are Wrong
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Persona Non Grata / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Pinocchio Syndrome / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Platonic Declaration of Love / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Platonic Kissing / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Playing Cyrano / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Plucky Comic Relief / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Poor Man's Porn / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title / int_f7ed2fd7
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Post-Victory Collapse / int_f7ed2fd7
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Power Creep, Power Seep / int_f7ed2fd7
 Power Hair
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Power Makes Your Voice Deep / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Powerful and Helpless / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Priceless Ming Vase / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Princess Protagonist / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Princesses Prefer Pink / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Production Throwback / int_f7ed2fd7
 Progressive Instrumentation
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Progressively Prettier / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Protagonist-Centered Morality / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Punctuated Pounding / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Purple Is the New Black / int_f7ed2fd7
 Quaking with Fear
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rambunctious Italian / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Ramming Always Works / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Realistic Humans, Cartoony Animals / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rebuilt Pedestal / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Recursive Crossdressing / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Recursive Translation / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Red Eyes, Take Warning / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Red Filter of Doom / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Relationship Writing Fumble / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Relative Button / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rent-a-Zilla / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rescue Introduction / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rescue Romance / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Retcon / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Reused Character Design / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Reverse Telescopic Vision / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rhetorical Question Blunder / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Right-Hand Attack Dog / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Rooting for the Empire / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Royals Who Actually Do Something / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sanity Slippage / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Satellite Love Interest / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Saved from Development Hell / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Saying Too Much / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Scary Flashlight Face / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Scenery Censor / int_f7ed2fd7
 Seahorse Steed
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sealed with a Kiss / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Second-Hand Storytelling / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Seeing Through Another's Eyes / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Shadow Discretion Shot / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
She Cleans Up Nicely / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sheep in Sheep's Clothing / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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She's Got Legs / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Shipshape Shipwreck / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Shoo Out the Clowns / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Siamese Twin Songs / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sidekick Song / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Signature Instrument / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Slapstick Knows No Gender / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Slasher Smile / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sleeper Hit / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sliding Scale of Animal Cast / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Slippery as an Eel / int_f7ed2fd7
 Somewhere Song
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sound-Effect Bleep / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Speech-Impeded Love Interest / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Speedy Techno Remake / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Sssssnaketalk / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Staggered Zoom / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Stealthy Cephalopod / int_f7ed2fd7
 Steel Drums and Sunshine
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Super Strength / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Tagline / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Tail Slap / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Tailfin Walking / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Talking with Signs / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Tears of Joy / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Teeth Flying / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Tentacled Terror / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Terms of Endangerment / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Big List of Booboos and Blunders / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Blind Leading the Blind / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Brute / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Complainer Is Always Wrong / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Film of the Book / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Mirror Shows Your True Self / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Mountains of Illinois / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Outside World / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Problem with Licensed Games / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Red Stapler / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
The Stations of the Canon / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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The Un-Reveal / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
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 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
This Is a Song / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Threatening Shark / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Tomboy Princess / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Tomboy with a Girly Streak / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Too Good for This Sinful Earth / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Totally 18 / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Tragic Bigot / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Trans Nature / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Transformation Trinket / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Trash the Set / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Triumphant Reprise / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Truck Driver's Gear Change / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
True Love's Kiss / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
2D Visuals, 3D Effects / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Two-Person Love Triangle / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Unbroken Vigil / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Unbuilt Trope / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Underrated and Overleveled / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Underwater City / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Unfortunate Character Design / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Unstoppable Rage / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Unwitting Pawn / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Used to Be a Tomboy / int_f7ed2fd7
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Values Resonance / int_f7ed2fd7
 Vertebrate with Extra Limbs
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
 The Little Mermaid (1989)
hasFeature
Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey / int_f7ed2fd7
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