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20 Little-Known Facts About Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” That Will Totally Amaze You

Did you know that “The Little Mermaid” marked a milestone for the beginning of the Disney animated Renaissance as the first “true” Disney animated musical? Though it has been a long time now, the lovely story of an aquatic princess Ariel longing and willing to exchange her beautiful voice for feet so that she could capture her true love steals all the audiences’ hearts for decades, and even more.

“The Little Mermaid” is absolutely one of the most tremendous, incredible, and timeless classic animations for various reasons. The lively storytelling art, the outstanding songs performed by the sweetest voices ever, the novelty of the aquatic world together with the wonderful characters (especially Ariel and her funny friends) created a wonderful masterpiece that makes you can’t help but end up watching it again and again.

But wait a minute. Can you confidently claim you know everything about this captivating movie as you’ve watched not several but hundreds of times? If yes, great! Below are the most fascinating and mind-blowing facts about “The Little Mermaid” that you might have overlooked. Let’s check them!

#1. The color of Ariel’s tail fin was specially mixed by the Disney Paint Lab

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#2. Jodi Benson who voiced Ariel sang in the DARK to give the song a genuine feeling.

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#3. The opening scene was specially made with muted colors for a sense of the underwater world.

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#4. Impressive Flounder’s color transforms: When talking about Scuttle, Flounder literally changes his color into a yellow and blue seagull for a few scenes.

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#5. The character King Triton was originally voiced by Patrick Steward.

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#6. Ariel’s iconic beauty was inspired by famous actress Alyssa MilanoAriel’s iconic beauty was inspired by famous actress Alyssa Milano.

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#7. Did you know that Sebastian’s original voice was not a Jamaican accent but an English one?

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#8. Ursula’s visual was inspired by actor Divine.

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#9. “Part of Your World” was almost cut!”Part of Your World” was almost cut!

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#10. Disney’s famous characters Mickey, Donald, Goofy had a special reunion during the entrance of King Triton.

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#11. It’s possible that Disney had made a superior choice for Ariel’s brilliantly iconic red hair as this color fit well with her green tail and fin.

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#12. Thanks to Disney, the nameless sea witch in the original Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” became a starring character!

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#13. Music in “The Little Mermaid” was actually Alan Menken’s first impressive performance, BUT he was convinced that he did a BAD job!!!

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#14. Did you know that even the monstrous aquatic shark has a name? It’s called Glut.

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#15. In the same scene when Ursula’s necklace was broken near Ariel’s feet, Ariel was barefoot, but right after that, she was wearing shoes?!!

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#16. The original Ursula with a cruel image in the shape of an octopus was even more terrifying in concept art!

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#17. Ariel’s nails come and go like the wind several times in the movie!

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#18. Eric’s manly and mature voice actually belonged to a 17-year-old boy!

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#19. A ten-minute sequence equals one year of hard work!

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#20. The Little Mermaid’s shipwreck scene was said to be caused by Pinocchio’s gigantic whale Monstro.

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