Box art for The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family


Awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colorful characters and two Academy Awards®* for score and song, "Under The Sea," The Little Mermaid is one of Disney's most cherished films.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    92%
  • Audience Score
    88%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Superb, entertaining animated musical has some scary stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney's full-length animated feature The Little Mermaid, is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen story and has some scary moments. The sea witch grows into a giant and wields a trident in a climatic scene. Also, a bloodthirsty French chef merrily chases after Sebastian the crab with a cleaver, hoping to make him the main course. Parents may also want to keep in mind that Ariel is a very popular Disney princess, whose brand reaches far and wide, with branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about villains. Why is Ursula both a little scary and a little fun?
  • Why do you think Ariel chooses to give up her voice (and her family) to meet Eric? Are you troubled by the message her decision sends about women and their priorities, or is that over-thinking this kind of movie?
  • Families can also talk about Disney princesses. How often do you see your favorite princesses on display when you're out shopping? Does watching this movie make you want to buy more Ariel stuff?
  • Why do you think Sebastian tries to help her even though he doesn't agree with what Ariel's doing?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It may not be a transcendent masterpiece of the Disney canon, but The Little Mermaid is still very heartening: It suggests the Disney magic isn`t lost after all.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Friday, November 15, 2013

Fresh: The latest Disney offering looks back to the studio's unrivaled heritage. It has the look of classic animation. More important, it has the skill required to make it work.

- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, November 15, 2013

Fresh: This return to traditional Disney territory is geared to captivate children while allowing them to maintain their street cred, largely by combining extravagant animated technique with ranging musical styles.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Definitely not one of the better Disney-animated films out there, feeling a little dull at times, but the heart of the film is always in the right place, making it a very enjoyable film to watch. Ariel's character is very likeable as she is given a chance to have legs and fall in love with a prince. Sure, the idea is as old as the hills, but when it's done right, time never makes a difference. "The Little Marmaid" is a classic tale that will never get old, but it's not one of their efforts that will stay in my heart. It's fun and then it's over. There is not much to this one, but it's very likeable!

- fb733768972, Saturday, March 23, 2013

3 stars

Definitely not one of the better Disney-animated films out there, feeling a little dull at times, but the heart of the film is always in the right place, making it a very enjoyable film to watch. Ariel's character is very likeable as she is given a chance to have legs and fall in love with a prince. Sure, the idea is as old as the hills, but when it's done right, time never makes a difference. "The Little Marmaid" is a classic tale that will never get old, but it's not one of their efforts that will stay in my heart. It's fun and then it's over. There is not much to this one, but it's very likeable!

- fb733768972, Saturday, March 23, 2013

3 stars

Flouder was always my favourite disney character in the mermaid movies! A sweet movie that every little girl especially will enjoy! It takes traditional romance to the next level very sweet and lovely disney movie!

- FiLmCrAzY, Friday, March 23, 2012