The Little Mermaid (TV series)

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The Little Mermaid
Also known asDisney's The Little Mermaid
Based on The Little Mermaid
Directed by
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Mircea Mantta
Creative director(s)
  • Ed Ghertner
  • Ron Dias
Theme music composer
  • Dan Foliart
  • Mark Watters
Opening theme"Part of Your World", "Under the Sea", and "Kiss the Girl"
Ending theme"Under the Sea"
  • Dan Foliart
  • Mark Watters
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes31 (list of episodes)
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Tedd Anasti (co-producer)
  • Patsy Cameron (co-producer)
  • Traci Tolman Mars (assistant producer)
  • Donna Smith (assistant producer)
Editor(s)Elen Orson
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network CBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1992 (1992-09-11) 
November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
Preceded by The Little Mermaid
Followed by

Disney's 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 first 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.

Disney Television Animation Television animation production arm of Disney Channels Worldwide

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<i>The Little Mermaid</i> (1989 film) 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation

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Ariel (<i>The Little Mermaid</i>) title character of animated 1989 film The Little Mermaid

Ariel is a fictional character and the title character of Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated film The Little Mermaid (1989). She subsequently appears in the film's prequel television series (1992—1994), direct-to-video sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000), and direct-to-video prequel The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008). 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.


The Little Mermaid premiered in the fall of 1992 with the animated prime time special called "A Whale of a Tale", then moved to Saturday mornings. This series originally appeared on CBS, with an original run from 1992 to 1994 (prior to Disney's purchase of rival ABC). Disney Channel reran the series from October 2, 1995 to September 29, 2002 and again from September 5, 2006, to July 4, 2010. Some of the episodes contain musical segments, featuring original songs written for the series. The opening theme to the show is an instrumental combination of the songs "Part of Your World", "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl". The overture for the stage musical of The Little Mermaid is similar to this.

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The Little Mermaid television series is a prequel to the movie of the same name. The story is set before the events in the 1989 film, and follows Ariel's adventures as a mermaid still living under the sea with her father, Sebastian the crab and Flounder the fish. Various episodes highlight her relationships with her friends, father and sisters, and usually involve Ariel foiling the attempts of various enemies that intend ill harm to her or her kingdom. A prequel film, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning , was released in 2008 containing events that contradict the television series (such as Ariel's youth and first meeting with Flounder), making the TV series and Ariel's Beginning independent continuities.

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After the success of the 1989 movie, The Walt Disney Company planned to produce a children's television series for its Disney Channel cable outlet called "The Little Mermaid's Island". The proposed series would feature puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop interacting with a "live" Ariel. As the video release of The Little Mermaid soared in sales during 1990 and early 1991, Disney quietly dropped plans for "The Little Mermaid's Island" in favor of a more ambitious plan: an animated weekly series for the CBS network. The new show would concern the adventures of Ariel and her friends before the events in the movie.

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Jamie Mitchell, an artist and graphic designer who worked on Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears , was named the producer and director of the new series. Patsy Cameron and Tedd Anasti were the story editors and wrote almost all of the episodes for the show's second and third seasons. Their previous joint work included Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs , the animated Beetlejuice and Disney's DuckTales . Some of the artists and technicians on the feature film also contributed to the TV series. Mark Dindal, chief of special animated effects for the movie, was a consultant for special effects on the TV show. Robby Merkin, who worked with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on arranging the songs for the movie, worked as the arranger and music producer for the first season of the TV show.

<i>Disneys Adventures of the Gummi Bears</i> American television series

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The show's broadcast debut in September 1992 was in the form of a half-hour prime-time special, "The Little Mermaid: A Whale of a Tale".

Its Saturday morning debut came the very next day. The show's time slot was 8:30 a.m., following another new animated series, Fievel's American Tails , based on the animated movie An American Tail . The Little Mermaid series drew a fair bit of media attention, including more than one spot on Entertainment Tonight , because it was the first series based directly on a Disney animated feature and was a rare television cartoon concerning a strong female character. The show kept its time slot the following year with its second season.

For the series' third season, the show was moved to the 8 a.m. time period and was the lead-in for a new Disney animated series, Aladdin . The third season was the final season to be produced; CBS elected not to buy another batch of episodes. On October 2, 1995, Disney Channel began rerunning the show seven days a week. [1] The show was broadcast on Disney Channel until 2010. It was also shown on Toon Disney until 2007. The series then aired on Disney Junior from the channel's launch in 2012 until 2014.In 2011 the series ran until 2018 on Disney Junior Africa.


From the 1989 film

Original characters


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 14September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11)December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
2 9September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
3 8September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)

Season 1 (1992)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Whale of a Tale"Jamie Mitchell Peter S. Beagle September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11)1
Ariel becomes friends with a baby killer whale that was separated from his family because of human poachers, but Triton insists that he be sent away once he has been taught how to survive on his own.
Notes: this is the pilot episode. The title is a reference to "A Whale of a Tale" from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea .
Screenplay: Peter S. Beagle.
Music: "Just a Little Love", performed by Jodi Benson and "You've Got to Be You", performed by Samuel E. Wright.
22"The Great Sebastian"Jamie Mitchell & Mircea ManttaPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiSeptember 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)2
Sebastian tells Triton that he is capable of making a deal with the Sharkanians (a race of shark-like merpeople with an attitude to match), but in truth, he is petrified of them and Ariel and Flounder must tag along to help him make the process go smoothly.
33"Stormy"Jamie Mitchell & Mircea ManttaPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)3
Ariel rides a wild sea horse named Stormy against her father's wishes and gets lost in the wilderness with Stormy.
Music: "The Edge of the Edge of the Sea", performed by Jodi Benson.
44"Urchin"Jamie Mitchell & Mircea ManttaPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiSeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)4
Ariel became friends with an orphaned merboy who has fallen in with the underwater gangster 'the Lobster Mobster' (Note: this is the first appearance of Urchin).
Music: "The Lobster Mobster's Mob", performed by Joe Alaskey and David Lander.
55"Double Bubble"Jamie Mitchell & Mircea ManttaMarie Sager & Laraine Arkow & David SchwartzOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)5
Ariel babysits two mischievous mertwins. As lively as the twins are, matters are complicated by the Lobster Mobster, who kidnaps the twins to gain their mother's pearl necklace.
Music: "Beddie-Bye Blues" Performed by Joe Alaskey and David Lander.
66"Message in a Bottle"Jamie MitchellLynn LeflerOctober 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)6
Ariel befriends Simon, a lonely sea dragon after she, Sebastian and Flounder discover his message that he sent in a bottle.
Music: "Sing a New Song", performed by Jodi Benson.
77"Charmed"Jamie MitchellJames A. Markovich & Patsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)9
Ariel puts on a human bracelet, but finds it hard to take it off afterwards. Afraid of how her father would react when he sees her wearing a human thing, she runs away from home and goes off to find the key to the lock of the bracelet. However, the moment that she finds it, a giant whirlpool traps her in a horrible underwater cave.
88"Marriage of Inconvenience"Jamie MitchellChris Weber & Karen WillsonOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)10
Ariel believes her father King Triton is setting her up for an arranged marriage with a snobbish merman-prince of another sea kingdom of Olympia named Prince Thor, and her good friends go to great lengths to prevent this from happening.
99"The Evil Manta"Jamie MitchellTony Marino & Patsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)7
Ariel accidentally frees a dark figure known as the Evil Manta, who tries to take over Atlantica using deception and lies to turn its merpeople and the sea creatures against each other. To make things even worse, he even tries to turn Flounder against Ariel.
Music: "In Harmony", performed by Jodi Benson.
1010"Thingamajigger"Jamie Mitchell Chuck Menville November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)8
When a pirate's boot falls into the sea, Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder try to figure out what it is, culminating in the Lobster Mobster and the Evil Manta both mistaking it for a weapon.
Note: This marks the very first appearances of Ariel's romantic interest and human lover, Prince Eric, and his dog Max (as a puppy) in the TV series.
1111"Red"Jamie MitchellEmily SwassNovember 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)12
A magic spell turns King Triton into a young and energetic merboy, and Ariel has to play "mother" to him.
Music: "Dis is de Life", performed by Samuel E. Wright.
1212"Beached"Jamie MitchellAlicia Marie SchudtNovember 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)13
Before a family trip to the Carnival of Tides on the tide, Ariel and Arista get into a fight and are "beached" (grounded); and Sebastian has to stay and look after them. Two gators attempt to steal the royal treasure. Ariel and Arista not only learn more about each other and have an adventure together, but they also learn to work together and to get along.
1313"Trident True"Jamie MitchellTony MarinoNovember 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)14
Ariel looks for the perfect Father's Day gift to give to King Triton, but it leads her to misfortune when a giant octopus traps them in a cave, forcing Urchin to try and steal the trident so that he can save the day.
1414"Eel-Ectric City"Jamie MitchellChuck MenvilleDecember 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)11
Pearl, a mermaid who is obsessed with partying, takes Ariel and her sixth eldest sister, Alana, to Eel-Ectric City instead of to her house, while Sebastian and Flounder follow. In the end Ariel and Alana are beached (Note: this is Ariel's second time getting beached).

Season 2 (1993)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
151"Resigned to It"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)15
Sebastian quits his job as King Triton's royal confidant and advisor and tries to make a new life for himself. At the same time, the dreaded Red Tide returns and threatens to consume all of Atlantica.
Music: "You Know I Know", performed by Samuel E. Wright and "Never Give Up", performed by Jodi Benson and Samuel E. Wright.
162"Calliope Dreams"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiSeptember 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)16
King Triton wants Ariel to play the sea calliope: an instrument resembling an organ. However, she instead wants to play the new harp she found. The music from the calliope awakens the Seaclops. It is up to Ariel and friends to find a way to put the Seaclops to sleep again (in this episode, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a cameo appearance). King Triton's paternal grandfather (Ariel's great-grandfather) also appears for the first time and Pearl makes her third appearance.
173"Save the Whale!"Jamie Mitchell Dev Ross & Laraine ArkowOctober 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)18
Spot, the killer whale from the pilot episode, returns. Spot and Sebastian get captured by a crazed circus owner, and Ariel has to save them.
184"Against the Tide"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)17
Ariel rescues a Bad-Luck Creature named Lucky, putting all of Atlantica in a panic, and must make her own luck when Ursula comes after the creature after her potions have been backfiring countless times.
Music: "You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me", performed by Pat Carroll.
195"Giggles"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)19
A grumpy sorcerer blowfish's magic spell causes Ariel to create sea quakes whenever she laughs, then Flounder and Sebastian turn into a shark, a killer whale, a giant squid and a humpback whale, and then swap bodies.
Music: "The Sound of Laughter", performed by Samuel E. Wright.
206"Wish Upon a Starfish"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)20
A big wave grabs a ballerina music box during a thunderstorm, and Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian try to get it, but it is unable to reach. Ariel befriends a deaf-mute Latina mermaid named Gabriella, and both of them decide to seek out the magical Wishing Starfish (voiced by Tony Jay) to make their dreams come true. (Note: this is the first appearance of Gabriella. Also, the title is a play on "When You Wish upon a Star" from the Disney animated film Pinocchio).
Music: "Daring to Dance", performed by Jodi Benson.
217"Tail of Two Crabs"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiOctober 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)21
Sebastian feels threatened by Zeus, an old arch-rival crab who is better than him at everything, while Ursula works on a plan to turn Triton, Ariel, and others into sea polyps by using a magic stone (Note: this episode is a parody of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens).
228"Metal Fish"Jamie MitchellPatsy Cameron & Tedd AnastiNovember 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)23
A human explorer-known in the episode as the author of the original The Little Mermaid story, Hans Christian Andersen-boards a primitive submarine to explore the undersea realm, and crosses paths with Ariel when his submarine is damaged and starts to leak.
Note: this episode ends with Kenneth Mars, the voice of King Triton, telling children a message that Hans Christian Andersen wrote the original story and to find his books at your local library.
239"T'ank You for Dat, Ariel!"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronDecember 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)22
Ariel enters a magic cave to become a sea witch and uses her newfound magical abilities to make Sebastian a great big crab. Unfortunately, she is not quite specific about the size she wishes Sebastian to attain, thus causing quite a commotion wherever he goes.

Season 3 (1994)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
241"Scuttle"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronSeptember 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)24
Ariel meets Scuttle for the first time and must use his help to rescue Sebastian from a gang of pirates.
Note: This marks the second appearance of Prince Eric, and Scuttle's original name is said to be Scuttlebutt, but he changed it.
Music: "I Just Like The Sky" and "Just Give Me a Chance", performed by Maurice LaMarche.
252"King Crab"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronSeptember 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)26
Sebastian realizes that his parents are coming to visit and must try to create a huge scheme to make it appear that he is the king of Atlantica like he wrote in his letters to them.
263"Island of Fear"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronOctober 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)25
A mad scientist captures Sebastian and tries to use him for sinister experiments, while Sebastian bonds with his young apprentice, and it is up to Ariel, Flounder and Scuttle to rescue him.
274"Land of the Dinosaurs"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronOctober 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)27
During a trip to the North Pole, Ariel finds frozen dinosaurs and thaws them with her father's trident. Somehow, they are aquatic and cause chaos before King Triton makes a refuge for them on land.
285"Heroes"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)28
Apollo, a great Atlantican hero, comes to visit, and Ariel wants to go on an adventure with him, only to learn that he is not all that he is cracked up to be.
296"The Beast Within"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronOctober 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)29
Flounder gets bitten by a howling hairfish and starts to turn into one, and Sebastian and Urchin get into a fight because Urchin broke Sebastian's trophy that King Triton gave to him for his anniversary by the howling hairfish that bit Flounder.
307"Ariel's Treasures"Jamie MitchellEmily DwassOctober 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)31
Gabriella returns to visit Ariel as she shows her all of her new human things. However, Ursula's spell causes her treasures to go crazy and begin attacking innocent fish and merpeople.
Note: Prince Eric makes his third appearance.
318"A Little Evil"Jamie MitchellTedd Anasti & Patsy CameronNovember 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)30
The Evil Manta returns and introduces his son, who he wants to be just as evil as he is. Unfortunately, when his son befriends Ariel and goes to the merpeople's school and spends time with her, he starts to get other "good" ideas in his head.
Music: "Just Like Me", performed by Tim Curry.


Songs (in chronological order)

Music CD album release:

Home release

VHS releases

Seven VHS cassettes containing 14 episodes of the series were released in the United States.

Ariel's Undersea Adventures:

VHS NameEpisode TitlesRelease DateStock Number
Ariel's Undersea Adventures: Double Bubble"Double Bubble" and "Message in a Bottle"February 23, 19931666
Ariel's Undersea Adventures: In Harmony"The Evil Manta" and "Charmed"June 24, 19942038
Ariel's Undersea Adventures: Stormy the Wild Seahorse"Stormy the Wild Seahorse" and "The Great Sebastian"June 24, 19941665
Ariel's Undersea Adventures: Whale of a Tale"Whale of a Tale" and "Urchin"June 24, 19941664
Ariel's Undersea Adventures: Ariel's Gift"Ariel's Gift" and "Trident True"July 15, 19942039

Princess Collection:

VHS NameEpisode TitlesRelease DateStock Number
Princess Collection - Ariel's Songs & Stories: Giggles"Giggles" and "Against the Tide"June 6, 19954709
Princess Collection - Ariel's Songs & Stories: Wish Upon a Starfish"Wish Upon a Starfish" and "Metal Fish"June 6, 19954708

United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand releases

11 VHS cassettes containing 22 episodes of the series were released in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Ariel's Undersea Adventures:

VHS NameEpisode TitlesRelease Date
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 1): Whale of a Tale"Whale of a Tale" and "Urchin"November 26, 1993
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 2): Stormy the Wild Seahorse"Stormy the Wild Seahorse" and "The Great Sebastian"November 26, 1993
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 3): Double Bubble"Double Bubble" and "Message in a Bottle"November 26, 1993
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 4): In Harmony"The Evil Manta" and "Charmed"April 1, 1994
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 5): Ariel's Gift"Ariel's Gift" and "Trident True"April 1, 1994
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 6): Ariel the Ballerina"Wish Upon a Starfish" and "Metal Fish"April 1, 1994
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventures (Volume 7): Saltwater Sisters"Beached" and "Thingmaijigger"April 1, 1994

Princess Collection:

VHS NameEpisode TitlesRelease Date
Princess Collection (Volume 1): The Little Mermaid - Giggles"Giggles" and "Against the Tide"October 11, 1996
Princess Collection (Volume 2): The Little Mermaid - Wish Upon a Starfish"Wish Upon a Starfish" and "Metal Fish"October 11, 1996
Princess Collection (Volume 3): The Little Mermaid - Heroes"Heroes" and "El-ectric City"March 28, 1997
Princess Collection (Volume 4): The Little Mermaid - Tail of Two Crabs"A Little Evil" and "Tail of Two Crabs"March 28, 1997

DVD releases

The series has not yet been officially released on DVD. However, four episodes were released as part of the Disney Princess DVD releases. [2]

DVD NameEpisode TitleRelease Date
Disney Princess Party: Volume 1"Message in a Bottle"September 7, 2004
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 1"Wish Upon a Starfish"September 7, 2004
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 2"Ariel's Treasures"February 15, 2005
Disney Princess Stories: Volume 3"Giggles"September 6, 2005

Digital release (streaming services)

As of August 24, 2018, all 31 episodes of the series are available for purchase on iTunes [3] and Amazon Video [4] in two volumes in High Definition (HD).


The series received a spin-off entitled Sebastian the Crab, which aired as a segment of the TV series Marsupilami . The segments star Sebastian, and are set outside of the sea, taking place after the wedding between Ariel and Eric in the film.

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