7 Fun Facts about Disney's "the Little Mermaid" You Didn't Know ...


Ariel is by far one of my favorite Disney princesses, so it’s completely understandable that I’m always on the lookout for facts about The Little Mermaid.

If you’re a fan like me, you’ve seen the three movies, the TV show, and know almost all of the songs by heart.

You know all about the adventures that go on under the sea.

But here are some fun facts about The Little Mermaid that even I didn’t know!

1. Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Photos of child actress Alyssa Milano were used when drawling Ariel.

If you look at the contours of their faces, the resemblance is remarkable.

Glen Keane, the animator of the film, announced that indeed he did use Milano as inspiration.2

Not many people can say that there is a Disney character, a princess no less, designed after them!

Even more, Milano narrates the Disney’s The Making Of The Little Mermaid where you learn endless facts about The Little Mermaid.

2. Ursula and Triton

Ursula and Triton

In the musical version of The Little Mermaid, Ursula sings about Triton...her brother.

Yes, you read that right!

The song "I Want The Good Times Back" talks about the ocean’s kingdom being divided between Triton and Ursula.

But Ursula, abusing her power, was cursed and lost her control.

This fun fact helps establish why Ursula is so resentful and angry at Triton, though this plot point was eliminated from the film version.

Ursula does imply during a monologue, however, that she lived in Atlantica at one point.

3. Carlotta and Cinderella

Carlotta and Cinderella

Carlotta, Eric’s maid, and Princess Cinderella have more in common than the fact that they are both in Disney movies.

They are wearing the same outfit!

The difference is that Carlotta’s hairpiece matches her dress and isn’t white like Cinderella’s.

The media today publishes in tabloid after tabloid celebrities’ outfits, asking who wore it best.

Disney did the same in a way, leaving me to question who you think wore it best?

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