History Trivia / TheLittleMermaid

12th Aug '16 9:36:47 PM Mikeyfan93
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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Divine]], who died before he could record the role. Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] auditioned but didn't get the role.

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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Divine]], Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], who died before he could record the role. Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] auditioned but didn't get the role.
25th May '16 9:03:18 PM Mikeyfan93
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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Creator/JohnWaters Divine]], who died before he could record the role. Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] auditioned but didn't get the role.

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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Creator/JohnWaters [[Film/PinkFlamingos Divine]], who died before he could record the role. Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] auditioned but didn't get the role.
24th May '16 4:00:47 PM jameygamer
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: When it comes to the TV series, only about half of the series is available on VHS (plus three as part of the ''Disney Princess'' DVD line). The rest went unreleased.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: When it comes to the TV series, only about half of the series is available on VHS (plus three as part of the ''Disney Princess'' Disney Princess DVD line). The rest went unreleased.



* This was the most successful film in the Disney Animated Canon since ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Walt's last movie, and proved to be such a hit, it convinced Disney to make it the first Disney Animated Classic to come to home video before going to the Vault (it was released on video under the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney]] [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics Classics]]'' brand, which was meant to be used for Walt's single-story animated films plus ''Disney/RobinHood''.)

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* This was the most successful film in the Disney Animated Canon since ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Walt's last movie, and proved to be such a hit, it convinced Disney to make it the first Disney Animated Classic to come to home video before going to the Vault (it was released on video under the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo [[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney]] [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics Classics]]'' Classics]] brand, which was meant to be used for Walt's single-story animated films plus ''Disney/RobinHood''.)
14th Apr '16 7:30:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Urchin is both [[Series/SaluteYourShorts Budnick]] and [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Sam McKinney]].
13th Apr '16 2:29:02 AM jameygamer
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* This was the most successful film in the Disney Animated Canon since ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Walt's last movie, and proved to be such a hit, it convinced Disney to make it the first Disney Animated Classic to come to home video before going to the Vault (it was released on video under the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney Classics]]'' brand, which was meant to be used for Walt's single-story animated films plus ''Disney/RobinHood''.)

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* This was the most successful film in the Disney Animated Canon since ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Walt's last movie, and proved to be such a hit, it convinced Disney to make it the first Disney Animated Classic to come to home video before going to the Vault (it was released on video under the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney Disney]] [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics Classics]]'' brand, which was meant to be used for Walt's single-story animated films plus ''Disney/RobinHood''.)
12th Apr '16 8:27:21 PM Josef5678
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Prince Eric shares a voice with [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries yet another character who has a thing for redheads]].
** A BehindTheScenes example, but the actress who served as the reference model for Ariel? [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Slappy Squirrel]] (Sherri Stoner).
* HeyItsThatVoice: Ariel... or should that be [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Barbie]]?
** Eric [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries sounds suspiciously like a certain wall-crawling hero...]]
*** In Spain, Eric is [[LazyTown Sportacus]].
** King Triton is a [[Film/TheProducers Nazi]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Littlefoot's grandfather]].
** Ursula was once a gym instructor and the ''principal'' of a certain [[WesternAnimation/GalaxyHigh intergalactic high school]]...
** The Norwegian Ariel is played by Sissel Kyrkjebø, whose voice was so beautiful they decided to use her for the Swedish (dialogue and vocal) and Danish (vocal) version as well.
*** Sissel is also the vocalist on the ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' soundtrack. It's a common misconception that Celine Dion does all the singing in the film but she actually only sings "My Heart Will Go On", all the rest is Sissel. So for Scandinavians, it's almost like hearing a siren calling to the ship at sea, as the mermaids originally did in myth and folklore.
*** As of "Return to the Sea", Ariel is currently [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]] in the Danish dubbing. In Norway, she is Disney/{{Pocahontas}}. In Sweden, she is [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Linda]], [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Meg]], and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]].
** The Norwegian voice actors who played Ursula and Sebastian in the movie were married at the time (Frøydis Armand and Helge Jordal). They have one child.
** Grimsby is voiced by Ben Wright, the same gentleman who voiced Roger in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and who was also in a lot of TV shows such as Have Gun, Will Travel and Perry Mason, as well as Disney's World of Color. According to the actor, when he showed up to audition, no one knew who he was. Sadly, The Little Mermaid was his final film role; he died from complications of heart surgery before the movie was released.
** The Evil Manta from the series is voiced by Creator/TimCurry.
** Scuttle is Creator/BuddyHackett.
** Chef Louis is Rene Auberjonois ([[Series/{{Benson}} Clayton Endicott III]], [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]], [[Series/BostonLegal Paul Lewiston]] and [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Desaad]]).
** In the Japanese dub, [[Creator/KazuhikoInoue Prince Eric]] and [[Creator/{{Kujira}} Ursula]] are [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kakashi Hatake and Orochimaru]] respectively.
** Don't forget [[Creator/RicaMatsumoto Flounder]] and [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] too!
** In the sequel, Tip is voiced by [[Creator/MaxCasella Max Casella]] and Wataru Takagi in English and Japanese, respectively. Both also provided a voice in the [[{{Franchise/JakAndDaxter}} Jak and Daxter]] games; Daxter and Pecker, respectively. This is ironic, as both characters are enemies, and often fight with one another.
*** And don't forget that Undertow is [[{{Franchise/JakAndDaxter}} Baron Praxis]]; in this film, [[spoiler: he eats Daxter]]!
*** Also, [[Creator/TaraStrong Melody]] is [[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Keira, Seem]], [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Talwyn]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]].
** In Hungary and Italy, Melody is [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Louise Belcher]].
** That little seahorse at the beginning is [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Petrie]].
** In Poland, Prince Eric and Ariel are [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Fred and Daphne]], Sebastian is [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa]] and Triton is [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintston]] andJafar. Also, Melody is [[Disney/TheLionKing Kiara]], while Scuttle is [[Disney/WinnieThePooh Rabbit]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty King Stefan]], Iago and Ludvig von Drake.
1st Apr '16 3:27:07 AM MisterCPC
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Ariel's VA would go on to voice [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Barbie]] and [[CampLazlo Miss Doe]], among others.

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Ariel's VA would go on to voice [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Barbie]] and [[CampLazlo Miss Doe]], among others.


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** Creator/MarkHamill has a very brief role at the very beginning as one of the sailors talking to Eric. While he was known for his work in ''Franchise/StarWars'', this was a few years before he was well-known as an accomplished voice actor, with roles like [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the Joker]], [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Fire Lord Oozai]], or [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Skips]].
16th Mar '16 1:34:04 AM morenohijazo
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* UnfinishedEpisode: There were plans for comics to expand on Ariel's mother. It was scrapped for being too dark. The character was later expanded on in ''Ariel's Beginning'', the third movie, but vastly different. In the comic, dubbed [[http://www.peterdavid.net/2004/10/29/portrait-of-life/ Portrait of Life]], her name was Atlanta and she befriended a human named Duncan. She dies saving Duncan from an avalanche Triton made. In the movie her name is Athena and [[spoiler:she dies by being crushed by a ship, saving her oldest daughter]].
13th Feb '16 5:44:14 PM Looneygamemaster
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* ThrowItIn: Ursula's "Pathetic." from her VillainSong lyrics aside to Flotsam and Jetsam was actually ad-libbed by Pat Carroll.

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* ThrowItIn: Ursula's "Pathetic." from her VillainSong lyrics aside to Flotsam and Jetsam was actually ad-libbed by Howard Ashman while he was coaching Pat Carroll.
8th Feb '16 12:59:21 AM ChrisX
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* Characters that are part of the TropePantheon:
** [[Pantheon/OthernessOtherCreaturesDemigodsAndQuasideities Ariel]]
** [[Pantheon/VillainsIntermediateGods Ursula]]
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