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Heartwarming: The Little Mermaid

The Anime

  • Duke the Whale agreeing to take Marina to the surface.
  • Fritz saving Marina from the polyps.
  • All of her sisters cut off their hair in exchange for a knife that can save their little sister.
  • Marina refusing to kill the man she loves and dying with dignity.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

  • Sebastian's line during Ariel's first night at Prince Eric's place:
    Sebastian: You are hopeless, child. You know that? Completely hopeless.
  • The wedding scene at the end, where everyone's happy and Ariel is saying goodbye to her dad.
    Ariel: I love you, Daddy.
  • The moment where Eric bows to Triton and he nods back to him in approval.
  • And when Eric takes off in a rowboat with a harpoon to rescue Ariel from Ursula, starting off his Moment Of Awesome:
    Eric: I lost her once, I'm NOT going to lose her again!
    • Later on in the scene:
    Ariel: Eric, you've got to get away from here!
    Eric: No, I won't leave you!
  • Grimsby advising Eric on his feelings for Ariel. He may be a Stiff Upper Lip, but he turns to the prince and gives him wonderfully heartwarming advice on love. And it would have worked too, if not for Ursula's magic.
    Grimsby: If I may say so Eric, far better than any dream girl, is one warm, and caring... and right before your eyes.
  • Triton's realization about Ariel's feelings.
    Triton: She really does love him, doesn't she, Sebastian?
    Triton: You always say that?
    *Sebastian laughs nervously and shrugs*
    Triton: Well, I suppose there's only one problem.
    Sebastian: What's that, your majesty?
    Triton: *sadly* How much I'm going to miss her.
    *Sebastian nods sadly*
  • Flounder presenting Ariel with the statue of Eric in her grotto. Her reaction seals it.
  • The musical's "If Only (Quartet)" is this for Sebastian, as it illustrates a level of love and concern for Ariel that wasn't touched upon much in the film. In particular, we have lines like this:
    "I'd give my life up to make it happen..."

Sequels

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The Lion King 1 Heartwarming/DisneyThe Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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