Did you know? (The Little Mermaid fun facts)
1.)In the first five minutes of the movie, there is a hidden Goofy, & Donald. After the title of the movie appears on the screen, you see the mer-people swiming in to watch the show. When the little Sea Horse comes out and blows his horn and introduces King Triton, this is where you want to put your VCR in slow motion, because you’ll never be able to see them in regular speed. When Triton flies down over the audience, what the people, when he gets toward the middle and bottom of your screen, if you look closely, there sitting in the crowd are Goofy, Donald, & Mickey watching the undersea show. It helps to look for Donald’s blue sailor hat and then Mickey’s ears. They are sitting with Goofy above Donald and Donald above Mickey. They are not that difficult to find if you have a slow motion VCR. Let me know if you see them. And then someone please confirm it. I just want to make other people are seeing them, if not I need to give better directions. (One way you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in Little Mermaid is by looking at the trading cards series that was made. On card number 2 or 3, there is the picture of Triton over the merpeople. A careful eye will spot the famous trio in the audience!)
2.) In the scene with Triton sweeping by and Mickey, Donald and Goofy sitting in the audience, there are yet more surprises in the crowd! Sitting in the crowd is another “Sebastian” (his twin brother perhaps?). Finally, and MOST suprisingly, sitting in the crowd is a very familiar amphibian… Kermit the Frog! I jest not. He’s got the light green collar, bulbous eyes on top of his head, and everything.
3.) In the scene with Triton sweeping by and Mickey, Donald and Goofy sitting in the audience, it also looks like on the right of King Triton is Dopey and some other dwarfs. This is an awesome thing to all you Dopey/Grumpy fans out there.
4.) In the Little Mermaid at the part where Louis the french chef is trying to catch sebastion under the cabinet, he throws various objects behind him. One of these objects appears to be a mermaids tail. At first I thought it was just a fish tail, but it is much too large.
5.) the scene where Ursula is trying to get Arial to sign the contract to become human, Ursuala cuts Ariel’s finger, and then Ariel puts her bloody finger on the contract and it writes “Ariel.” I have asked many Disney fanatics if they remember this part of the movie, and all of them said yes. Yet, on the home video of “The Little Mermaid” Ariel just writes her name on the contract. (When Ariel wants to become human, she SIGNS a contract. If she knew how to write, why didn’t she just write it out to the prince?)
6.) In the scene after Ursula’s “poor little poopsies” have been made into sushi, Ariel and Eric swim to the surface for a tender embrace. Ariel pleads with Eric to leave and save himself. Eric replys “No, I won’t leave you!” However, his lips are obviously not moving and neither were Ariel’s although her back was turned to the viewer for most of her dialogue.
7.) Ariel doesn’t always have fingernails. it is not only that she doesn’t have fingernails as a mermaid but then does as a human, it is just totally random throughout.
8.) When Scuttles makes that dress for Ariel after she gets her legs, it changes into a much nicer one after Max the dog runs after her.
9.) Ariel has a pair of invisible shoes! When she first climbs on board the wedding ship, she is barefoot. Yet after Urusula’s seashell containing Ariel’s voice breaks and Ariel says “Eric,” shoes magically appear on her feet.
10.) Does it strike anyone else as wierd that Eric and Ursula’s wedding ship isn’t heard about from the time after Eric jumps off. Surely the boat wouldn’t sail away with the Prince fighting in the water. And I didn’t see it get sucked under as a result from the whirl pool. What exactly does happen to the wedding ship?
11.) After the dog licks Ariels cheek, she turns around and wipes off the wrong cheek.
12.) When the prince is talking to the sailors one of the sailors shirts suddenly changes colors when he stepps back.
13.) At least 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds. Over one million drawings were done in total.
14.) The two minute storm took 10 special effects artists over a year to finish.
15.) According to E! Celebrity profile, Alyssa Milano is the inspiration for “Ariel.” It is also mentioned in her Official Web Site. She is the model for Ariel.
16.) Ariel gets caught in her trouph of human belongings, and her Father destroys Prince Eric’s statue. When you watch the part where King Triton zaps all of the statue, the face is broken into pieces. But after the whole incident when Fletsom & Jetsom come back to convince her to go to Ursula, they kick the piece of Eric’s WHOLE face to Ariel. When indeed we see the entire face crack into pieces.
17.) Disney considered making the Little Mermaid his second animated feature. Beauty and the Beast was considered after Pinocchio, he didn’t do Beauty and the Beast because he didn’t like the scenes where Belle was held prisoner. WW2 stopped the Little Mermaid.
18.) In the scene right after Ariel gets done singing “Part of Your World” Sebastian falls into a mug and draws Ariel’s and Flounder’s attention. You see him with pearls around his neck and a thimble on his back claw. Then you don’t see the thimble, then it is back again.
19.) Just before Eric’s statue is revealed, while the sailors are on the ship singing and playing the “snarfblat” Eric crosses in front of a sailor whose white and dark blue striped shirt changes to light blue and dark blue stripes! Very noticeable once you look.
20.) In “The Little Mermaid,” during “Part of your World,” Ariel looks at a painting when she says “What’s a fire and why does it, what’s the word, burn?” The painting either is or bears a strong resembalence to “The Penitent Magdalen" by Georges La Tour.
21.) In the wedding scene of the false Ariel and Eric (when the seagull attacks her)the camera pans around past a crowd of people, and they are all characters from Disney’s ‘Cinderella.