History Trivia / TheLittleMermaid

9th Feb '17 9:39:40 PM jameygamer
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** James Baxter was embarrassed by most of his animation of Ariel, particularly the scene where she says "Daddy I love him!"--in his own words, he said he made her look like a fish eyed freak and apologized to her head animator Glen Keane for drawing her too OffModel.
** Animator Will Finn enjoyed working on The Little Mermaid, but he stated on his Small Room blog that he was not happy with his animation of Grimbsy, saying there are only one or two scenes he did that don't make him cringe today.

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** James Baxter was embarrassed by most of his animation of Ariel, particularly the scene where she says "Daddy I love him!"--in his own words, he said he made her look like a fish eyed freak and apologized to her head animator Glen Keane Creator/GlenKeane for drawing her too OffModel.
** Animator Will Finn enjoyed working on The ''The Little Mermaid, Mermaid'', but he stated on his Small Room blog that he was not happy with his animation of Grimbsy, saying there are only one or two scenes he did that don't make him cringe today.
4th Feb '17 12:06:58 PM creader
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* ShownTheirWork: Ursula's blood is shown to be blue when Eric harpoons her. Cephalopods do indeed have blue blood in real life.
4th Feb '17 12:05:04 PM creader
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* GeniusBonus: Ursula's incantation for casting the spell on Ariel includes the words "Laryngitis" and "Glossitis". Someone well-versed in medical terminology would notice that they are a rather common conditions that may result in mute-ness.
28th Jan '17 1:52:39 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and Creator/JenniferSaunders auditioned but didn't get the role.

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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], Creator/{{Divine}}, [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). Bea Arthur Creator/BeaArthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and Creator/JenniferSaunders auditioned but didn't get the role.
28th Jan '17 1:51:08 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). 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 Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). Bea Arthur turned down the role because she was busy with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer Saunders]] Creator/JenniferSaunders auditioned but didn't get the role.
28th Jan '17 10:35:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Ursula has only six tentacles instead of the traditional eight because of budget issues. Though if you include her arms, she does have eight limbs.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Ariel's VA would go on to voice [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 Barbie]] and [[WesternAnimation/CampLazlo Miss Doe]], among others.
** Chef Louie is René Auberjonois, years before becoming well-known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Constable Odo]] (though some viewers might remember him as [[Series/{{Benson}} Clayton Endicott III]] or [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Desaad]].
** 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 Ozai]], or [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Skips]].
28th Jan '17 10:33:15 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* HilariousInHindsight: In Triton's entrance, there's a cameo of Mickey, Donald and Goofy years before [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the latter two go there themselves]]
28th Jan '17 10:23:01 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DawsonCasting: Jodi Benson was in her mid-twenties voicing the sixteen-year-old Ariel. However it's an aversion for Christopher Daniel Barnes, voicing Eric, as he actually was sixteen at the time.

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* DawsonCasting: Jodi Benson Creator/JodiBenson was in her mid-twenties voicing the sixteen-year-old Ariel. However it's an aversion for Christopher Daniel Barnes, voicing Eric, as he actually was sixteen at the time.



* EnforcedMethodActing: Jodi Benson had the lights in the studio dimmed while recording "Part of Your World" in order to help imagine she was underwater.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: Jodi Benson Creator/JodiBenson had the lights in the studio dimmed while recording "Part of Your World" in order to help imagine she was underwater.



** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). 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. In addition, Creator/MelissaFahn was originally supposed to play the role of Ariel, but was beat out by Jodi Benson. Creator/JimCarrey auditioned for the role of Prince Eric. Roseanne Barr auditioned for Ursula and Carlotta (the maid), but was ultimately dropped for both.

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** Ursula was originally intended to be played by [[Film/PinkFlamingos Div]][[Film/{{Hairspray}} ine]], [[AuthorExistenceFailure who died before he could record the role]] (notice that the character's final design was [[InkSuitActor based on her]]). 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. In addition,
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Creator/MelissaFahn was originally supposed to play the role of Ariel, but was beat out by Jodi Benson. Benson.
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Creator/JimCarrey auditioned for the role of Prince Eric. Creator/MatthewBroderick was also considered.
** Creator/BillMaher and Creator/MichaelRichards were considered for the role of Scuttle the Seagull.
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Roseanne Barr auditioned for Ursula and Carlotta (the maid), but was ultimately dropped for both.both.
** Creator/PatrickStewart turned down the role of King Triton due to conflicts with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
27th Jan '17 5:30:35 PM Mikeyfan93
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* TheOtherMarty: Broadway performer Elaine Stritch was originally cast as Ursula. Due to constant clashes with the crew members, she was replaced with Pat Carroll.

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* TheOtherMarty: The first choice for Ursula went to drag performer Divine, fresh off of his role in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', however, he passed away before he could record any lines. Broadway performer Elaine Stritch was originally cast as Ursula. Due chosen next, but due to constant clashes with the crew members, she was replaced with Pat Carroll.



* 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.
* The Evil Manta is voiced by Creator/TimCurry, [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow who]] [[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys you]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins might]] [[Anime/TheCatReturns recognize]]. And in the Japanese dub, the Evil Manta is voiced by none other than [[Creator/AkioOhtsuka Solid]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]].

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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.
* The Evil Manta is voiced by Creator/TimCurry, [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow who]] [[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys you]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins might]] [[Anime/TheCatReturns recognize]]. And in the Japanese dub, the Evil Manta is voiced by none other than [[Creator/AkioOhtsuka Solid]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]].
''Disney/TheJungleBook''.



* Ariel was largely modelled off actress Creator/AlyssaMilano, who hosted a 1989 Disney Channel documentary about the making of the movie, and would later use the movie in a WholePlotReference for an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. Despite hosting the documentary, Alyssa apparently didn't find out that she was the model until years later. Ironically she is terrified of water.
* Ursula was also modelled after Norma Desmond from ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' in addition to Devine.

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* Ariel was largely modelled modelld off actress Creator/AlyssaMilano, who hosted a 1989 Disney Channel documentary about the making of the movie, and would later use the movie in a WholePlotReference for an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. Despite hosting the documentary, Alyssa apparently didn't find out that she was the model until years later. Ironically she is terrified of water.
* Ursula was also modelled after Norma Desmond from ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' in addition to Devine.
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27th Jan '17 4:30:09 PM Pamina
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* Ariel was largely modelled off actress Creator/AlyssaMilano, who would later use the movie in a WholePlotReference for an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. Alyssa apparently didn't find out that she was the model until years later. Ironically she is terrified of water.

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* Ariel was largely modelled off actress Creator/AlyssaMilano, who hosted a 1989 Disney Channel documentary about the making of the movie, and would later use the movie in a WholePlotReference for an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. Despite hosting the documentary, Alyssa apparently didn't find out that she was the model until years later. Ironically she is terrified of water.
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