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The Little Mermaid (1989)

This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the villainous sea witch Ursula.
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Atreyo Palit
June 30, 2023
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Trans Allegories in Film: 'The Little Mermaid' (1989)

The world seems to be getting more and more unsafe for transgender people. Varying legislation in the USA and the UK are having negative impacts on the mental health of trans people. From making gender-affirming healthcare less accessible to not acknowledging pronouns, the world seems to be hyperfocused on attacking people who aren’t cisgender. Though adults are unfortunately often the victims of hate crimes, the toll isn’t less on children. They aren’t allowed to claim different identities from what they’re assigned at birth, and often even lack the resources required to understand how they’re feeling. There are severe efforts being made to hide awareness that some people are transgender, feeling a different gender identity that does not align with their expected gender and birth sex. This causes children with trans identity to grow up with a lot of resentment for themselves. Films can often alleviate this alienation by presenting realities where these feelings are shared by characters. These film can be interpreted as transgender stories. Animation as a storytelling medium crosses all ages and backgrounds, making them prime vehicles to explore complicated themes.

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Movie Information


This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the villainous sea witch Ursula.

Rating:G
Genre:Animation, Family, Fantasy
Directed By:Ron Clements, John Musker
Written By:Ron Clements, John Musker
In Theaters:11/17/1989
Box Office:$211,300,000
Runtime:83 minutes
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV, Walt Disney Feature Animation

Cast


Director

Ron Clements, John Musker

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Jodi Benson

Ariel / Vanessa (voice)

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Samuel E. Wright

Sebastian (voice)

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Pat Carroll

Ursula (voice)

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Christopher Daniel Barnes

Prince Eric (voice)

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Kenneth Mars

King Triton (voice)

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Buddy Hackett

Scuttle (voice)

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Jason Marin

Flounder (voice)

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René Auberjonois

Louis (voice)

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Paddi Edwards

Flotsam & Jetsam (voice)

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Ben Wright

Grimsby (voice)

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Edie McClurg

Carlotta (voice)