Referenced By / The Little Mermaid

Films - Animation
  • Aladdin, Genie gets his finger caught by Sebastian.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The final shot of Satan's "Up There" song parodies the famous shot of Ariel reaching her arm forward in "Part of Your World".
  • Shrek 2: Shrek and Fiona are kissing on the beach when a wave washes over them. When it retreats, Shrek is now kissing a mermaid that looks like Ariel. Fiona grabs her by the tail and throws her back to the sea, where she is eaten by sharks.

Films - Live-Action

Live-Action TV
  • In the Full House episode "Easy Rider", Joey buys Michelle a videotape of the movie to get her to like him again. She declines the offer because "it's on cable all month".
  • The first episode of Charmed's fifth season "A Witch's Tail" is a Whole Plot Reference to the Disney version. For added points, Phoebe is transformed into a mermaid for the opposite reason to Ariel: she wants to escape from love. And Phoebe is played by Alyssa Milano, who was the inspiration for Ariel's design.
  • Another Whole Plot Reference shows up in Once Upon a Time, when the live action versions of The Little Mermaid characters show up in the third season. Being a twisted tale, it has many references to the Disney film in different ways. In this version, Eric throws an annual "Under The Sea Ball" in honor of the sea goddess, Ursula. The Evil Queen from Snow White, in disguise as Ursula, quips off some lines from the song Poor Unfortunate Soul as she convinces Ariel to become a human and "be apart of his world". Later in season 4, when the real Ursula shows up, there are a few more references to the Disney film including Ursula actually singing Fathoms Below.
  • In Dinosaurs, Earl is taking care of the Baby, who demands to see The Little Underwater Girl. When he puts it on, sea creatures are singing "Under the Water."

Web Animation

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Homer Badman", Homer proposes that the family escape their troubles by going under the sea, and then has an Imagine Spot where the family is dancing to a parody of "Under the Sea" where Homer eats the fish.
    • In "Make Room for Lisa", Lisa says that the movie was her favorite until Homer taped over it.
    • In "The Book Job", Lisa tries to get a story for a teen lit novel. She gets the idea for a story about a mermaid who falls in love with a boy on land, only to look at a Little Mermaid poster on her wall.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Francine's Flashback", Stan calls in the Air Force to bomb the ocean so he and his CIA buddies can catch fish. A dead mermaid surfaces and Stan identifies her as Ariel.
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy gets sucked under the ocean and meets a reggae-singing crab named Ziggy, who performs "Under the Ocean". After the song, Billy eats him and gets a cramp from the inside as a result.
  • Hercules The Animated Series
    • Ursula has a cameo on "Hercules and the Bacchanal".
    • Sebastian and Flounder are briefly seen in the opening shots of "Hercules and the Big Sink", swimming among the ruins of Atlantis.
    • In "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon", Helen complains about wearing a mermaid costume. She is voiced by Ariel's voice artist, Jodi Benson.
  • On the We Bare Bears episode "Shush Ninjas", Panda appears as Ariel during a montage of film clips.

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