The series tells the various adventures of a teenage mermaid named Ariel. The youngest of eight daughters by King Triton and his deceased wife Queen Athena, Ariel is enamored with the human world. Ariel's closest friends are a nervous young fish named Flounder, a clownish seagull named Scuttle, and her father's crustacean adviser Sebastian.
Ariel wants to learn everything she can about life on land and the human world, but her father forbids it. Despite this, Ariel sneaks behind his back to visit the surface. One night, Ariel sees a young prince named Eric and it's Love at First Sight.
The original film is one of Disney's most iconic and successful films to date. It single-handedly booted Disney out of its Dork Age and into the Disney Renaissance. This popularity led to several comics and licensed books. By 1991, the first of Disney's animated series based off of their film properties, The Little Mermaid, was released. It continued to air in syndication for years afterwards. Over the years the franchise has spawned many derivative works such as a Spin-Offspring sequel, an interquel, a Broadway musical, and several video games. There is also a live-action remake in the works.
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
- The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
- The Little Mermaid (TBA)
- Little Mermaid's Island (1990)
- The Little Mermaid (2008)
- The Little Mermaid (1991)