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The Little Mermaid
Directed by Jun Falkenstein
Produced by Steve O'Brien
Written by Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
Based on Disney's The Little Mermaid
by John Musker
Ron Clements
and The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen
Starring Jodi Benson
Chris Pine
Tiffany Haddish
John Carroll Lynch
Mr. T
Greg Cipes
Bill Hader
Music by Alan Menken
Cinematography Cory Rocco Florimonte
Edited by James Ryan
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Reel FX Creative Studios
Distributed by Disney+
Release date April 2, 2027
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English


The Little Mermaid is a 2027 American computer-animated musical fantasy romantic comedy film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A remake of Disney's 1989 traditionally-animated film of the same name, the film was directed by Jun Falkenstein from a screenplay penned by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and features the voices of Jodi Benson (who reprises her role from the original film), Chris Pine, Tiffany Haddish, Mr. T, Greg Cipes, Bill Hader, and John Carroll Lynch.

The Little Mermaid saw a direct-to-streaming release on Disney+ on April 2, 2027, receiving universal acclaim.

Plot

Ariel is a 16-year-old mermaid princess unsatisfied with underwater life in the underwater kingdom of Atlantic. She is fascinated by the human world, wanting desperately to become a human and live on land. With the help of her best friend Flounder, Ariel collects and often keeps random human artifacts in her grotto and consults a seagull named Scuttle for inaccurate knowledge about human culture and the items she finds. Ariel's father, King Triton, and a crab who serves as his advisor/court composer named Sebastian, frequently warn Ariel that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden.

One night, Ariel, Flounder, and an unwilling Sebastian travel to the ocean surface to watch a celebration for Prince Eric's birthday on a ship. Ariel falls in love with the prince instantly. Soon a violent storm arrives, wrecking the ship. Ariel rescues Eric from drowning and brings him to shore. She sings to him but returns to the sea just as he regains consciousness to avoid being discovered. Fascinated, Eric vows to marry the girl who saved his life, while Ariel vows to find a way to join the human world. Discovering Ariel's new behavior, Triton questions Sebastian, who inadvertently exposes Ariel's experiences. Ariel's grotto is uncovered when Triton confronts Ariel, and, in a final attempt to protect Ariel from the dangers of the human world, destroys the treasures.

Two eels named Flotsam and Jetsam convince a distraught Ariel to visit the evil sea witch Ursula. Ursula and Ariel reach an agreement: Ursula gives Ariel three days as a human in exchange for her voice under the disastrous condition that Ariel will turn back into a human and belong to Ursula if she fails to kiss Eric before sunset on the third day. Ariel accepts and is turned into a human. Eric finds Ariel on the shore, but is unaware that she saved him due to the loss of her voice. Ariel spends time with Eric and almost kisses him on the second day, only to be subdued by Flotsam and Jetsam. To ensure Ariel's failure, Ursula turns herself into a human named Vanessa and appears on the shore, singing with Ariel's voice and casting an enchantment on Eric. Eric, enchanted, announces he will marry Vanessa, leaving Ariel heartbroken.

Scuttle discovers Vanessa is Ursula in disguise and informs Ariel, who immediately pursues the wedding ship with Flounder's help after hearing the news. Sebastian informs Triton of everything and Scuttle enlists the help of several sea creatures to intercept the wedding. In the scuffle, the shell around Ursula's neck is shattered, breaking the enchantment on Eric and returning Ariel's voice. Finally realizing Ariel is the girl who rescued him from the shipwreck, Eric and Ariel embrace, but they are too late to kiss. The sun sets and Ariel turns back into a mermaid. Ursula reverts to her true form and abducts Ariel. Triton confronts Ursula and demands Ariel's release, but, because the deal is inviolable, agrees to take his daughter's place as Ursula's slave and is turned into a polyp, losing his authority over Atlantica. Ursula declares herself the new ruler. Eric dives in the sea and stops her with a harpoon. Ursula tries to kill Eric, but Ariel intervenes, resulting in the deaths of Flotsam and Jetsam. Enraged, Ursula grows into a monster and emerges from the water. She then creates a storm and pulls huge sunken ships from the bottom to the surface. Eric steers one of the ships towards Ursula with its splintered bowsprit, impaling and instantly killing her.

With Ursula dead, Triton and the other polyps in Ursula's garden revert to their original state. Realizing Ariel truly loves Eric, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human permanently and accepts their marriage. Ariel and Eric marry on a wedding ship and depart.

Cast

  • Jodi Benson as Ariel
  • Chris Pine as Prince Eric
  • Tiffany Haddish as Ursula
  • Mr. T as Sebastian
  • Greg Cipes as Flounder
  • Bill Hader as Scuttle
  • John Carroll Lynch as King Triton
  • Jim Hanks as Grimsby
  • J. Lee as Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Candi Milo as Carlotta the maid
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Harold the seahorse
  • Michael Sintemiklaas as Chef Louis
  • Jessica DiCicco as Aquata
  • Tara Strong as Andrina, Arista, and Attina
  • Grey DeLisle as Adella and Alana

Reception

Critical response

The Little Mermaid received praise from critics and audiences upon release. On the site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 95% approval rating based on 234 reviews. The consensus reads, "A beautifully animated retelling of the classic Disney tale, The Little Mermaid recaptures the spirit of the source material". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 88 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

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