Referenced By: The Little Mermaid

Film

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.

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 raggae-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.