Jodi Marie Marzorati
October 10, 1961
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
|Awards||Disney Legend (2011)|
Jodi Marie Benson (née Marzorati; born October 10, 1961)is an American actress and singer. She is best known for providing both the voice of Princess Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid and throughout its franchise, including its sequel, prequel, and television series spinoff. Benson also voiced the character Barbie in the 1999 Golden Globe-winning film Toy Story 2 , its 2010 Academy Award-winning sequel Toy Story 3 , and in the Toy Story cartoon Hawaiian Vacation . For her contributions to Disney, Benson was named a Disney Legend in 2011.
She also gave voice to the spirited "Weebo" in Disney's live action Flubber , starring Robin Williams. For Warner Bros., she did the voice of Thumbelina in 1994, a Don Bluth animated feature film with songs by Barry Manilow.Her other projects include Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings , The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning , The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea , Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure , 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure , Balto II: Wolf Quest , and Balto III: Wings of Change. She appeared as Patrick Dempsey’s assistant Sam in Disney’s live-action feature film Enchanted . While being a Disney Legend, she also voiced Jane Doe and Patsy Smiles in Cartoon Network's Camp Lazlo . She also voiced the character Tula in Fox's animated series The Pirates of Dark Water .
Benson was born and raised in a Catholic environment,graduating from Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois, and Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She experienced a religious conversion while dating actor/singer Ray Benson (not to be confused with frontman Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel). The two of them later married in 1984. They have two children, McKinley and Delaney. An article originally published in 2013 by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said the couple "live north of Atlanta, GA."
Benson made her debut in the 1983 Kenny Ortega-directed "Marilyn: An American Fable". Other Broadway credits include a starring role in the 1986 Broadway musical Smile , where she introduced a song called "Disneyland". In 1987, Howard Ashman, the lyricist of Smile, would go on to write the lyrics for The Little Mermaid. She describes the song "Disneyland" at the "Smile" Reunion concert held on Sept. 22, 2014, "This is the first piece of the puzzle of my life, the first step of the journey, so to speak". [ citation needed ] Benson also sings "Disneyland" on a compilation CD called Unsung Musicals. In 1989, Benson appeared in the Broadway musical, Welcome to the Club , alongside Samuel E. Wright, who performed the voice for Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid.
In 1992, Benson received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Polly Baker in Crazy For You . She played the narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1998.
Benson also played the Queen in a one-night concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein 's Cinderella at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in May 2010.
She was at the 2012 SYTA conference singing her signature song “Part of Your World” on August 27, 2012.
Benson has been the guest artist for the Candlelight Processional for five years at Walt Disney World including December 10–13, 2012.
She joined the "2013 Spring Pops" on May 14–15, 2013 as a guest soloist with the Boston Pops.
Benson can be heard on over a dozen recordings and has a six-part DVD series entitled Baby Faith from the creators of Baby Einstein. Her animated TV series include the Emmy Award-winning Camp Lazlo for the Cartoon Network, The Little Mermaid , Batman Beyond , The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy , The Wild Thornberrys , Barbie, Hercules: Zero to Hero , P. J. Sparkles , and the series Sofia the First for Disney.
On the concert stage, Benson has performed as a concert soloist with symphonies all over the world, including The Boston Pops, The Philly Pops (conductor: Peter Nero), The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (conductor: John Mauceri), The National Symphony (conductor: Marvin Hamlisch), Cleveland, Dallas, Tokyo, and the San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies. She starred in the Kennedy Center Honors for Ginger Rogers, and in Disney's Premiere in Central Park with Pocahontas, The Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Spectacular and Disney's 100 Years of Magic. Benson is the resident guest soloist for the Walt Disney Company/Disney Cruise Line and ambassador for feature animation.
On June 6, 2016, Benson performed the role of Ariel at the Hollywood Bowl's concert performance of The Little Mermaid.She also made a special appearance in ABC's 2019 live musical spectacular The Little Mermaid Live!
In late 1986, Benson first heard of the audition for The Little Mermaid through lyricist and playwright Howard Ashman. The two had just worked together in the Broadway show Smile until its run ended early. He knew she would be the perfect fit for the role and that she would be a great replica of Ariel.After hearing the demo for "Part of Your World", she sang a small part of it on tape where it was later sent to Disney executives. Before her audition for The Little Mermaid, she was primarily a stage actress. It was Ashman's first Disney project. In early 1988, Benson won the role of Ariel.
|1989||The Little Mermaid||Princess Ariel, Vanessa (voices)|
|1992||Dance! Workout with Barbie||Barbie (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Disney Sing Along Songs: Friend Like Me||Princess Ariel (voice)||Direct-to-video; archive footage|
|Disney Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life||Princess Ariel (voice)||Direct-to-video; archive footage|
|1995||Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World||Princess Ariel (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Guideposts Junction||Herself||A six-part Christian video series for children|
|A Christmas Carol||Belle (voice)|
|1998||The Mighty Kong||Ann Darrow (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Barbie (voice)|
|2000||Joseph: King of Dreams||Asenath (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Lady (voice)||Direct-to-video|
Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Jenna (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa||Lenee (voice)||Television film|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Anita (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Leila, Martha (voices)|
|2004||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Lastelle's Mother (voice)||Disney Dub|
|2004||Balto III: Wings of Change||Jenna (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Barbie (voice)|
|2011||The Little Engine That Could||Jillian (voice)|
|Hawaiian Vacation||Barbie (voice)||Short film|
|2012||Secret of the Wings||Healing-Talent Fairy (voice)|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Princess Ariel (voice)|
|1991||Hunter||Police officer||Episode: "Cries of Silence"|
|1992||P. J. Sparkles||P.J. (voice)||Television special|
|1992–1994||The Little Mermaid||Princess Ariel (voice)||31 episodes|
|1997||Caroline in the City||Mother||Episode: "Caroline and the Egg"|
|1998–1999||Hercules||Helen of Troy (voice)||10 episodes|
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys||Mother Cheetah (voice)||Episode: "Cheetahs Never Prosper"|
|Batman Beyond||Aquagirl (voice)||Episode: "The Call" Parts 1 & 2|
|2001–2003||House of Mouse||Princess Ariel, Belle (voices)||3 episodes|
|2003||The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire||Choir Soloist||Episode: "Sleeping Lions"|
|2004–2006||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||The Blue Fairy, Additional voices||3 episodes|
|2005–2008||Camp Lazlo||Patsy Smiles, Ms. Jane Doe, Almondine (voices)||21 episodes|
|2013–2018||Sofia the First||Princess Ariel, Queen Emmaline (voices)||2 episodes|
|2015||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Singing Teacher (voice)||Episode: "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses"|
|2016||Clarence||Diana (voice)||Episode: "The Tails of Mardrynia"|
|2019||The Little Mermaid Live!||Herself||TV Special|
|1997||Ariel's Story Studio||Princess Ariel|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Atta||Replacing Julia Louis-Dreyfus|
|1999||Disney's Arcade Frenzy||Princess Ariel|
|2000||Grandia II||Millenia, Reena|
|2000||Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge||Nasira|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Princess Ariel||English dub|
|2004||Onimusha 3: Demon Siege||Voice of Mother|
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Princess Ariel||English dub|
|2007||Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures|
|2012||Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure|
|2012||Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion|
|2016||Disney Magical World 2|
|2003||Mickey's PhilharMagic||Princess Ariel||Voice role|
|1982||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Ensemble|
|1983||Marilyn: An American Fable||Factory Girl, Ensemble||Broadway debut|
|1989||Welcome to the Club||Betty Bursteter|
|1992||Crazy for You||Polly Baker|
|1998||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Narrator|
|1990||The Little Mermaid Soundtrack|
|1991||Precious Moments Timmy's Gift||Performed the song, Starlight Theme|
|1991||Jodi Benson Sings Songs From the Beginner's Bible I|
|1992||Jodi Benson Sings Songs From the Beginner's Bible II|
|1992||The Little Mermaid: Splash Hits|
|1992||Crazy for You Cast Recording|
|1993||The Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea|
|1995||Songs of Guideposts Junction|
|1996||Hollywood Christmas||Various artists|
|2000||The Little Mermaid II (soundtrack)|
|2004||Disney Princess: The Ultimate Song Collection|
|2004||Disney Princess Music Hits|
|2005||Disneys Princess Christmas Album|
|2005||Disney Princess Tea Party|
|2006||Ultimate Disney Princess|
|1992||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Crazy For You||Nominated|
|2001||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Nominated|
|2011||Disney Legend Award||Animation - Voice||The Little Mermaid||Won|
|2011||EDA Female Focus Awards||Best Animated Female||Toy Story 3||Nominated|
Susan Farrell Egan is an American actress, singer and dancer, known for her work on the Broadway stage. She is best known for originating the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (1994), as well as for providing the voices of Megara "Meg" in Hercules (1997), Madame Gina in Porco Rosso (2005), Rose Quartz on Steven Universe, and Lin in Spirited Away.
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. The 28th Disney animated feature film, it is based on the 1837 Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The film tells the story of a mermaid named Ariel, who dreams of becoming human and falls in love with a human prince named Eric, which leads her to make a magic deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human and be with him. Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and art direction by Michael Peraza Jr. and Donald A. Towns, the film features the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, and Buddy Hackett.
The Little Mermaid is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation based on the 1989 Disney film of the same name. It features the adventures of Ariel as a mermaid prior to the events of the film. This series is the third Disney television series to be spun off from a major animated film. Some of the voice actors of the film reprise their roles in the series, among them Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Kenneth Mars as King Triton and Pat Carroll as Ursula. Other voice actors include Edan Gross and Bradley Pierce as Flounder, and Jeff Bennett as Prince Eric.
Alan Irwin Menken is an American composer, songwriter, conductor, music director and record producer. Menken is best known for his scores and songs for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores and songs for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores and songs for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), and Tangled (2010), among others. His accolades include eight Academy Awards, a Tony Award, eleven Grammy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, and a Daytime Emmy Award.
Smile is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1986. The musical is based loosely on the 1975 comedy film of the same title, from a screenplay by Jerry Belson.
Ursula is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid (1989). Voiced by American actress Pat Carroll, Ursula is a villainous sea witch who offers a mermaid princess named Ariel a temporary opportunity to become human so that she may earn the love of Prince Eric within three days. However, Ursula is, in fact, determined to sabotage Ariel's chances so that she can ultimately usurp King Triton's position as ruler of the oceans.
Ariel is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated film The Little Mermaid (1989). Ariel is voiced by Jodi Benson in all official animated appearances and merchandise. She is fourth in the Disney Princess lineup, the first nonhuman princess, and the only princess to become a mother to her own child.
"Under the Sea" is a song from Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. It is influenced by the Calypso style of the Caribbean which originated in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Reggae, which originated in Jamaica. The song was performed in the film by Samuel E. Wright. The track won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 1991.
"Kiss the Girl" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid (1989). Originally recorded by American actor Samuel Wright in his film role as Sebastian, "Kiss the Girl" is a romantic calypso ballad; the song's lyrics encourages Prince Eric to kiss Ariel before it's too late.
"Poor Unfortunate Souls" is a song from the Walt Disney Pictures animated film The Little Mermaid. Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and performed by Pat Carroll, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is sung to Princess Ariel by Ursula the Sea Witch. In a style that combines Broadway theatre with Burlesque, Ursula uses the song to seduce Ariel into trading her voice for the chance to temporarily become human.
The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find true love. Its book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater. Its underwater setting and story about aquatic characters requires unusual technical designs and strategies to create gliding movements for the actors.
"Part of Your World" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for Disney's animated feature film The Little Mermaid (1989). Performed by American actress and singer Jodi Benson in the titular role as Ariel, a mermaid princess, "Part of Your World" is a power ballad in which the main character expresses her strong desire to become human; its lyrics use placeholder names in lieu of several human-related terms that would be unfamiliar to a mermaid. The film's theme song, "Part of Your World" is reprised by Ariel after she rescues Eric, a human prince with whom she has fallen in love, from drowning.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is a 2008 American animated direct-to-video fantasy film produced by DisneyToon Studios, With the animation production being done by Toon City Animation and a prequel to Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid and the third and final installment in The Little Mermaid trilogy, as well as the final direct-to-video follow-up after John Lasseter took over as chairman for the Disney Animation Division. It is also the first in the chronology of the story running through the series. Directed by Peggy Holmes, the film's story is set before the events of the original film, when Ariel is still young, and where all music has been banned from the underwater kingdom of Atlantica by King Triton after being heartbroken at his wife's death, and Ariel attempts to challenge this law. Jodi Benson and Samuel E. Wright reprise their roles as Ariel and Sebastian respectively, while Sally Field voices the film's new villainess, Marina Del Rey. Jim Cummings takes over the role as King Triton, replacing Kenneth Mars, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on August 26, 2008. The film received negative reviews with criticism aimed at the script and the music score, but the animation quality and voice performances were praised and the film was deemed an improvement over its predecessor, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is a dark ride attraction based on the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid, located in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure and in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park, where it is titled Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. The ride opened on June 3, 2011 at Disney California Adventure, and on December 6, 2012 at Magic Kingdom.
The Little Mermaid is a Disney media franchise. The success of the 1989 American animated feature film The Little Mermaid led to a direct-to-video sequel, a prequel film, a spin-off television series, a musical, several video games, theme park attractions, and other merchandise. A live action remake of the film is in development. The Little Mermaid paved the way for what would become the Disney Renaissance, with the original film becoming the first film of that era.
"Proud of Your Boy" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. Originally intended for Disney's animated film Aladdin (1992), the song was omitted when Aladdin's mother was written out of the story. After being discarded, "Proud of Your Boy" remained largely undiscovered by audiences until Walt Disney Records released Ashman and Menken's demo on a compilation album in 1994, after which it gradually gained popularity. The song was eventually restored for the film's stage musical adaptation in 2011, originally performed and recorded by American actor Adam Jacobs. Lyrically, "Proud of Your Boy" is about a young man promising his mother that he will change his mischievous ways and ultimately make her proud.
The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!, or simply The Little Mermaid Live! is a musical television special created for ABC, based on the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. It is produced by Done and Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton, who also executive produced alongside Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor, Ian Stewart, and Richard Kraft, with the original voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, introducing the special.
The Little Mermaid is an upcoming American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman and David Magee. It is a production of Walt Disney Pictures and is a live-action adaptation of the 1989 animated film of the same name, which itself is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the same name. It is produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the latter whom will co-write new songs for the remake as the lyricist, Alan Menken is set to return as the composer for both the score and the songs. The film will star Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina in voice roles.
I was born and raised in a Catholic environment, she has a sister. I would say it was a little more cultural than spiritual — a little bit more religious than relational. And I was drawing toward the Lord in middle school, but I didn’t quite know how to have that personal relationship at the time. When I started dating my husband at 18, he introduced me to Christ, and asked, “Do you have a relationship with Jesus?” And I said, “I love Him, and I know He’s the Son of God, but I don’t think I have a relationship with Him — like I can talk to Him by myself without going through the priest and stuff.” And so, I had a really big conversion when I was 19, and Ray is responsible for opening that relationship for me.
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