Top 8 Little Mermaid Movie Details

While searching the internet for Little Mermaid movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

In 'The Little Mermaid' (1989) Ursula uses a butterfly (a symbol of transformation and mimicry) in the potion to transform herself into 'Vanessa' - which is a genus of butterfly.
In 'The Little Mermaid' (1989) Ursula uses a butterfly (a symbol of transformation and mimicry) in the potion to transform herself into 'Vanessa' - which is a genus of butterfly.

A live action reference was used for Ariel while making the film. An actress would improvise scenes from the script to create Ariel's personality and they were later drawn over to animate the film.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • When King Triton is introduced, you can see Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Kermit the Frog in the crowd, underwater...

Hidden Details

1 - At one point you can see Kermit, Goofy, Donald and Mickey in the background.
At one point you can see Kermit, Goofy, Donald and Mickey in the background.

When Ariel rescues Eric from drowning and sings to him, she is backlit making her hair appear dark brown/black. It makes it even more conceivable that Eric believes the dark-haired human version Ursula was the one woman that rescued him.

Ursula doesn't just steal Ariel's voice, she also steals Ariel's appearance... from Eric's point of view.

1 - Ariel is the only one among her sisters who wears her hair down, visually establishing that she is different from them.
Ariel is the only one among her sisters who wears her hair down, visually establishing that she is different from them.
Little Mermaid poster
Little Mermaid poster

Little Mermaid Plot: Based off of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid leaving the sea for a human she thinks that she knows. Everything isn't as it seemed and she must face the harsh realities of the world.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Little Mermaid, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Little Mermaid and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Director Roxie Blum
Main Actors Rosie Mac, Matt Martin, Amber Borzotra, Erin Marie Garrett
IMDB score 4.1