The Little Mermaid parents guide

The Little Mermaid

Overall B+

A young mermaid (voiced by Jodi Benson) makes a bargain with an evil Sea Witch (Pat Carroll) that will transform her tail into legs, in the hopes of netting the human prince (Christopher Daniel Barnes) she loves. But the fishy deal may reel in more trouble than she expects.

Release date November 17, 1989

Violence B
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is The Little Mermaid rated G? The MPAA rated The Little Mermaid G

Run Time: 83 minutes

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The Little Mermaid
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Little Mermaid rated G? The Little Mermaid is rated G by the MPAA

Characters are in peril when chased by a shark, a storm and fire sink a ship, and during a showdown with a magic-welding villainess. Death is implied after a character is impaled. An angry parent destroys his child’s precious possessions. Some mild name-calling occurs as well as a depiction of ale drinking seaman. Sexual content includes mermen with bare chests, bikini (or clamshell) clad mermaids, a sensual sea witch, obscured nudity, and a couple of kisses.

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The Little Mermaid
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta G
Manitoba G
Ontario G Classified in 1989 as F for Family
Quebec G
Martimes G
Canadian Home Video G

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Cast and Crew

The Little Mermaid is directed by and stars Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Little Mermaid movie is October 1, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition

Release Date: 1 October 2013

Disney’s The Little Mermaid releases to home video in a Diamond Edition. There are four packages to choose from:

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition - 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

- 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Music Download

- New Music Video

- @Disneyanimation: Go Under The Hat At Walt Disney Animation Studios

- Disney Intermission (Crab-E-Oke Sing-Along)

- Deleted Character - Harold The Merman

- Under The Scene - The Art Of Live Action Reference

- Part Of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland

- Howard’s Lecture: Howard Ashman, The Lyricist & Executive Producer Of The Little Mermaid

- Treasure’s Untold: The Making Of The Little Mermaid

- Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition- 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital Copy

- Blu‐ray, DVD and Digital Copy

- Includes All Bonus from the 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

- The Story Behind The Story

- Under The Sea Early Presentation Reel

- Original Theatrical Trailer

- Deleted Scenes With Introductions

- Easter Eggs

- Disney Song Selection - Play Movie With Lyrics

- Audio Commentary

- Ashley Tisdale “Kiss The Girl” Music Video

- The Little Match Girl With Intro

- Disneypedia: Life Under The Sea

- Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired By Disney Imagineers

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition -2 Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack

-  Blu-ray and DVD

- Includes All Bonus from the 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray and 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Packs

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition - 2-Disc DVD Combo Pack

- DVD and Blu‐ray

- Includes All Bonus from the 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray and 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Packs

DVD Notes: Disney’s The Little Mermaid: 2-Disc PLATINUM EDITION

DVD Release Date: 3 October 2006

Plunge into Disney’s The Little Mermaid in a way never possible before with this 2-Disc Platinum Edition. The feature presentation shimmers thanks to its digital restoration, and the sound resonates with an all-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theatre Mix. Other treasures include an audio commentary with co-writer/directors Ron Clements and John Musker, and composer Alan Menken, Ashley Tisdale’s music video of Kiss the Girl, a Disney Song Selection and a sneak peek of The Little Mermaid III. Disc 2 is deluged with games and activities such as an Under the Sea Virtual Ride (as well as featurettes about its creation), DisneyPedia: Life Under The Sea (full of fun facts about fish), Backstage Disney’s Treasures Untold (the making-of The Little Mermaid), deleted scenes and an alternate ending (with filmmaker introduction), Storm Warning (meet the special effects unit), art galleries, an early presentation reel, the original theatrical trailer and a song demo of Silence Is Golden. In celebration of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the original fairytale of The Little Mermaid, there is a short look at The Story Behind The Story and a short animated film of another of his creations, The Little Match Girl. Audio tracks are available in English, Spanish and French, with subtitles in English.

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An incompatible union, this time between an ogre and a princess, is the basis for the movie Shrek. The life of the author of The Little Mermaid is told, with reenactments of some of his other famous stories, in the film Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale. In 2000 Disney followed up with a sequel, The Little Mermaid II.

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