Thursday, March 01, 2007


Welcome to a new month and a new theme! The month of March brings us "Underwater Adventures!" Every show this month will feature the residents of the fathoms below! First up:

C'Mon Urchin! Everyone's doing it!
The Little Mermaid

With the huge success of Disney's 1989 blockbuster hit The Little Mermaid, the Mouse House sat around thinking of a way to keep the popularity going. The result was a tv series based on the ever popular characters from the film and placing them in events that happened before the movie.

The Little Mermaid television series aired in the fall or 1992 with a tv special called A Whale of a Tale and them went on to become a Saturday morning hit.

Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel from the film, reprised her role of the mermaid for the series which featured new songs, some that are arguably better than the film's tunes! The most popular being In Harmony. New characters, like the merboy Urchin, were also introduced to support regular cast members Ariel, Sebastien and Flounder.

The actual English title card
The animation was not any where near the level of the movie but Disney's Television Animation Department did quite well compared to some of their other work. The Little Mermaid was the first show to spin out of a Disney movie, which has now become the norm.

The theme song is a medley of Part of Your World and Under the Sea, the two most popular songs from the movie. You will note that the end of this clip is in Spanish. This is because I couldn't find an English version! Sorry...


coolshades said...

Hey I actually watched this cartoon! lol.

I love the music in The Little Mermaid. For a few years, there, the Disney folks cranked out some *really* good movie tunes. Then everything went south after The Hunchback of Notre Dame. :S

toast said...

Music-wise, yes. But I really liked Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan and Emperor's New Groove as movies.