The Little Mermaid

United States, 1989

A sketch of Ariel, the little mermaid, seeming to swim and float on the paper, her hair flowing freely around her face as she stares directly towards the viewer
Rough animation drawing by visual artist Glen Keane

Mermaids are supposed to stay under the sea, but there was never a mermaid quite like Ariel. The headstrong teenager longs to be part of the magical world on land, much to the dismay of her father, King Triton. When she falls in love with a human prince, Ariel looks to Ursula, a sea witch. With the help of her friends, Ariel must win her prince’s love in a thrilling race against time. This production of The Little Mermaid, based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, is full of dazzling animation and is a treasure for all ages. Cast features the voices of Rene Auberjonois, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodie Benson and Kenneth Mars.

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visual artist

Glen Keane

production company

Walt Disney Animation Studios


Ron Clements

John Musker


John Musker

Howard Ashman







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