10 Facts | The Little Mermaid

Sunday, 8 May 2016

I know I sound like a stuck record with the amount I go on about my love for The Little Mermaid but I thought it'd be interesting to do a post including some facts on my all time favourite film. As much as I like to think I am a Disney expert, that is definitely not the case. I hope these facts are somewhat of interest and that you enjoy reading facts all about Disney just as much as I do! 

1 When the animators were animating the shipwreck and Ursula's emergence from the sea, they studied the scenes from Pinocchio that involved Monstro, The rain effects were even taken from Pinocchio.

2 Part Of Your World was nearly cut from the film due it being too boring for children, at a test screening for the film children became restless when the song came on. However, the film was later screened for an adult audience which was much more successful, so it was agreed that the song would still be included in the film. 

3When Jodi Benson was recording Part Of Your World, she sang it in a dimly lit recording studio in order to obtain the feeling of being under the sea. While recording the song Howard Ashman was at her side providing her with directions to enhance her performance. You can watch Jodi Benson recording the song here

4The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Song for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's Under The Sea. Kiss The Girl was also nominated but lost out to Under The Sea. Previously, Disney had not earned any nominations for an Academy Award since The Rescuers. 

5There is a hidden Mickey in the scroll that Ursula gets Ariel to sign, it is in the middle of the words when the camera pans over the scroll from top to bottom. 

6The Little Mermaid is the film that brought Disney into its Renaissance era, it made approximately $84 million at the US box office. It is the film that began to restore public and critical interest in the company, it is the time Disney returned to animating fairytale stories. 

7The shot of Ariel reaching out through the skylight of her grotto was the last shot to be completed, it took four tries in order to get the optical effects perfect. That is probably one of my favourite scenes in the whole film, it is so meaningful.   

8 In the overcast opening scene of the film, where the sailors are singing Fathoms Below, the colour was deliberately muted and made to appear more bleak. This was because they wanted to save the bright colours for under the sea. 

9Christopher Daniel Barnes was only 17 when he recorded the voice of Prince Eric, they believed his voice sounded extremely mature for his age. He also went onto record the voice for Prince Charming in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

10The scenes where Ariel is on the rock in the ocean are paying homage to the famous Little Mermaid statue that is situated in Copenhagen's harbor.

What's your favourite Disney film and do you have any interesting facts that you know about the film?

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  1. These are some cool facts. I had no idea about the Pinnochio rain stuff. :]

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  2. I didn't know the fact about Pinnochio nor the one about Part of Your World. Really cool facts!!

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