Top 6 The Little Mermaid Movie Details

While searching the internet for The 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

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.

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.
The Little Mermaid poster
The Little Mermaid poster

The Little Mermaid Plot: A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.

I am pretty sure that you've watched The 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 The Little Mermaid and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Director Ron Clements
Main Actors Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll
IMDB score 7.6