Western Animation: The Little Mermaid

A series by Disney based on the 1989 The Little Mermaid that aired from 1992-1994. Set during the period right before Ariel met Prince Eric, but after The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. (Note that this came before that movie, so there Ariel's Beginning brings in some retcons, such as the music ban and how Ariel met Flounder). This show was part of the set of spin-off cartoons based on successful movies that Disney produced during the decade, others including shows based on Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, Tarzan, The Jungle Book (though not complient to TaleSpin), and 101 Dalmatians that set up a backstory for the characters or a continuation of the adventures.

The series debuted as a Saturday Morning Cartoon on CBS, then was rerun on the Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and (as of April 2013) Disney Junior. It had three seasons and 31 episodes.

In this series, there was a musical number in every episode, and the tone was usually light and comedic, sometimes going onto the bizarre (a recurring comic villain was called Lobster Mobster, complete with an Edward G. Robinson imitation voice).

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List of tropes relating to The Little Mermaid: The Animated Series:

  • Adult Fear: One example in "Charmed." A monster sucks Ariel into the deepest part of the ocean, which resembles a bad neighborhood. The worst part is for Triton, who had argued with Ariel earlier and Ariel hadn't returned from another of her adventures.
  • Anachronism Stew: Beside the historical cameos, and the Lobster Mobster, characters also do activities like bowling (which they apparently invented), and eat seaweed doughnuts.
  • Big Eater: Adella, one of Ariel's numerous sisters. Trust it to be her only defining personality trait, too.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Evil Manta.
  • Cute Mute: Gabriella, a deaf mermaid who used sign language (her octopus sidekick served as a translator) and appeared in two episodes.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Specifically, defrosted aquatic dinosaurs.
  • False Innocence Trick: Evil Manta used this and got released by Ariel. Another monster unsuccessfully tried this after making Triton a child.
  • Fantastic Racism: The problems that occurred in "The Evil Manta" could be interpreted as symbolism for racism.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Between Flounder and Sebastian in one episode.
  • Friendship Song: "In Harmony" in one episode.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs:
    Triton: What under the sea  is going on?!
  • Love Before First Sight: Prince Eric makes cameos, but he and Ariel never see each other.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ariel gets a little one in "A Little Evil" when she sets Evil Manta's own brain sponge on him.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Evil Manta, Ursula.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Howling Hairfish.
  • Pet Baby, Wild Animal: Ariel temporarily adopts a Killer Whale, then a wild Sea Horse (which according to the show, is like a regular horse, but underwater). There's also a "bad luck" creature which Ariel rescues from Ursula's wrath and calls her Lucky.