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The Little Mermaid is an American animated television series based on the 1989 Disney animated film of the same name. This is the first Disney television series to be spun off from a major animated film.

Premise

The Little Mermaid is a prequel television series that originally aired from 1992 to 1994, depicts Ariel's life as a mermaid under the sea with Sebastian, Flounder, and her father. Ariel appears in all 31 episodes of the series, which is set an unspecified time before the first film. The series follows Ariel's adventures with her friends and family, and sometimes has Ariel foiling the attempts of enemies that are intent on harming her or the kingdom of Atlantica.

Ariel's relationships with various characters from the film are highlighted and expanded, such as the love and occasional conflict between Ariel and her father, how Ariel met Flounder and Scuttle, the relationships between Ariel and her sisters, and Ariel's early fear and avoidance of Ursula the sea witch. Other recurring new characters are also introduced, such as merboy Urchin and mermaid Gabriella that become Ariel's friends, as well as the Evil Manta, Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp, who are Ariel's enemies. Ariel's mother is absent from the series, having already died prior to the events of the series, though she is occasionally mentioned in vague terms. In one episode Ariel comes across Hans Christian Andersen, author of "The Little Mermaid". In the fictionalized encounter she saves Andersen's life, inspiring him to write the story.

Characters

Main

  • Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) - is the youngest daughter of the sea king. She loves singing and going on adventures. She also has developed magic in season 2 (episode 9) to save her world.
  • Flounder (voiced by Edan Gross in season 1, and by Bradley Pierce in seasons 2-3) - Ariel's best friend, a bright yellow and blue colored tropical fish who follows along on her adventures, and can be easily scared.
  • Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) - A small red Jamaican crab who acts as the king's advisor, court musician, a teacher, a scout leader and a babysitter like figure for Ariel.
  • King Triton (voiced by Kenneth Mars) - is Ariel's father and ruler of Atlantica who protects his kingdom with his magic trident.
  • Scuttle (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - is a clumsy seagull who is friends with Ariel. He first appears in the episode "Scuttle". At first Ariel is afraid of him, but they become friends after he helps them rescue Sebastian.
  • Urchin (voiced by Danny Cooksey) - He is a young orphan merboy and Ariel's friend. He shares her love for adventure and is unofficially her adopted brother, and at one point starts to develop romantic feelings for Ariel.
  • Gabriella - A deaf-mute Latina mermaid who dreams of being able to sing. Gabriella's sign language is translated by her blue octopus friend Ollie.

Supporting

  • The Lobster Mobster (voiced by Joe Alaskey) - A red-violet lobster gangster who follows the style of the 1920s gangster stereotype. Da Shrimp (voiced by David Lander) is his sidekick.
  • The Evil Manta (voiced by Tim Curry) - An evil human/manta ray hybrid who repeatedly tries to take over Atlantica. He has a son named Little Evil who Ariel befriends in the episode "A Little Evil".
  • Pearl (voiced by Cree Summer) - A spoiled, thrill-seeking mermaid whose actions often lead to Ariel, as well as herself, getting in trouble.
  • Spot (voiced by Frank Welker) - A killer whale calf whom Ariel adopted and secretly raised in the palace.
  • Moray (voiced by Dave Coulier) - A dark green moray eel salesman and con-artist who occasionally sells items to Ariel that alternately help her or get her into trouble.
  • The Crabscouts (occasionally voiced by J.D. Daniels, Anndi McAfee, Bradley Pierce, Malachi Pearson, and Whitby Hertford) - Crab children, consisting of two boys and one girl, who are under the mentorship of Sebastian in a scout-like troop.
  • Attina (voiced by Kath Soucie) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Aquata (voiced by Mona Marshall) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Andrina (voiced by Catherine Cavadini) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Arista (voiced by Mary Kay Bergman) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Adella (voiced by Sherry Lynn) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Alana (voiced by Kimmy Robertson) - one of Ariel's six older sisters
  • Glut, a shark who tries to eat Ariel
  • Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll) - is a powerful cecaelian sea witch who occasionally antagonizes Ariel
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (voiced by Paddi Edwards) - They are Ursula's green moral eel informers who spy others and show Ursula what they are seeing with their magic yellow eye, they have one eye white and the other yellow
  • Prince Eric (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - Ariel's future husband. His first appearance is in the episode "Thingamajigger" and appears occasionally throughout the seasons with his dog, Max, as a puppy. Ariel first sees him rescuing a dolphin from a net, which technically makes this scene the first time she has ever seen Eric, but does not know who he is. Eric also sees Ariel swimming on the surface for a couple of seconds but no one believed him.

List of episodes

Season 1 (1992)

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Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 1 "Whale of a Tale" Jamie Mitchell Peter S. Beagle September 11, 1992
2 2 "The Great Sebastian" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 12, 1992
3 3 "Stormy" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 19, 1992
4 4 "Urchin" Jamie Mitchell and Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 26, 1992
5 5 "Double Bubble" Jamie Mitchell and Mircea Mantta Marie Sager, Laraine Arkow & Davis Schwartz October 3, 1992
6 6 "Message in a Bottle" Jamie Mitchell Lynn Lefler October 10, 1992
7 7 "Charmed" Jamie Mitchell James A. Markovich & Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 17, 1992
8 8 "Marriage of Inconvenience" Jamie Mitchell Chris Weber & Karen Willson October 24, 1992
9 9 "The Evil Manta" Jamie Mitchell Tony Marino & Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 31, 1992
10 10 "Thingamajigger" Jamie Mitchell Chuck Menville November 7, 1992
11 11 "Red" Jamie Mitchell Emily Swass November 14, 1992
12 12 "Beached" Jamie Mitchell Alicia Marie Schudt November 21, 1992
13 13 "Trident True" Jamie Mitchell Tony Marino November 28, 1992
14 14 "Eel-Ectric City" Jamie Mitchell Chuck Menville December 5, 1992

Season 2 (1993)

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Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
15 1 "Resigned to It" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 18, 1993
16 2 "Calliope Dreams" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 25, 1993
17 3 "Save the Whale!" Jamie Mitchell Dev Ross & Laraine Arkow October 2, 1993
18 4 "Against the Tide" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 9, 1993
19 5 "Giggles" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 16, 1993
20 6 "Wish Upon a Starfish" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 23, 1993
21 7 "Tail of Two Crabs" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 30, 1993
22 8 "Metal Fish" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti November 6, 1993
23 9 "T'ank You for Dat, Ariel" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron December 11, 1993

Season 3 (1994)

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Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
24 1 "Scuttle" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron September 17, 1994
25 2 "King Crab" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron September 24, 1994
26 3 "Island of Fear" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron October 1, 1994
27 4 "Land of the Dinosaurs" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron October 8, 1994
28 5 "Heroes" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron October 15, 1994
29 6 "The Beast Within" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron October 22, 1994
30 7 "Ariel's Treasures" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron October 29, 1994
31 8 "A Little Evil" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron November 26, 1994
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