Top 8 Little Mermaid Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Little Mermaid facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Little Mermaid film message.

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.

Little Mermaid Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, 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...

Little Mermaid 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.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Little Mermaid. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

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