The Little Mermaid | 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Main Plot

The Little Mermaid follows a young mermaid named Ariel who dreams of living on land. She makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human in exchange for her voice. Ariel must make Prince Eric fall in love with her within three days, or she will belong to Ursula forever. With the help of her friends Flounder and Sebastian, Ariel navigates the challenges of life on land while Ursula tries to sabotage her chances. Ultimately, Ariel must choose between her love for Prince Eric and her life under the sea.

Characters

  • Ariel, a young mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human and falls in love with a human prince, leading her to make a deal with the sea witch Ursula.
  • Samuel E. Wright plays the character of Sebastian, a red Jamaican crab who serves as King Triton's advisor and Ariel's friend in the animated film.
  • Rene Auberjonois played the character of Chef Louis, a French chef who tries to cook Sebastian the crab in the movie.

Ending

In the ending of The Little Mermaid, Ariel defeats Ursula and saves Prince Eric from her clutches. Ursula's spell is broken, and Ariel regains her voice and becomes human. She and Eric declare their love for each other and share a kiss, solidifying their bond. King Triton ultimately accepts Ariel's decision to stay human and gives his blessing for her to be with Eric. The couple gets married in a grand ceremony attended by their friends and family, including Ariel's underwater friends. The film concludes with Ariel and Eric sailing off into the sunset on a boat, beginning their new life together. The Little Mermaid ends on a happy note, with Ariel achieving her dream of being with the prince she loves.

Ron Clements, John Musker Animation Adventure Family Jodi Benson Samuel E. Wright Rene Auberjonois