The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the film was originally released to theaters on November 17, 1989 and is the twenty-eighth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. During its initial release, The Little Mermaid grossed over $84 million in the United States and an additional $99 million internationally. The film is given credit for breathing life back into the animated feature film genre after a string of critical or commercial failures that dated back to the early 1980s. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.
Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea and curious about the human world. With her best fish friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate and comical knowledge of human culture. Ignoring the warnings of her father (King Triton) and court musician (Sebastian the crab) that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden, Ariel still longs to be part of the human world; to this end she has filled a secret grotto with all the human artifacts she has found. ("Part of Your World") While Sebastian, who was assigned to watch over Ariel and be sure she does not visit the surface again tries to convince her that its better to live under the sea than in the human world ("Under the Sea"). The Little Mermaid was considered by some as "the film that brought Broadway into cartoons". Alan Menken wrote the Academy Award winning score, and collaborated with Howard Ashman in the songs.
1991 - Voted the Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television: Alan Menken (composer) Howard Ashman (lyricist) for "Under the Sea". The Little Mermaid was considered by some as "the film that brought Broadway into cartoons". Alan Menken wrote the Academy Award winning score, and collaborated with Howard Ashman in the songs. [wikipedia]
The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there, but that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you, what more is you lookin' for?
Under the sea Under the sea
Nobody beat us fry us and eat us
In fricassee, We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook, we got no troubles
Life is the bubbles, under the sea
Under the sea, since life is sweet here
We got the beat here.. Naturally
Even the sturgeon an' the ray. They get the urge 'n' start to play
We got the spirit. You got to hear it..Under the sea
The newt play the flute, the carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass, and they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass, the chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul (Yeah), the ray he can play
The lings on the strings, the trout rockin' out
The blackfish she sings, the smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at, an' oh that blowfish blow
Under the sea, Under the sea
When the sardine, begin the beguine
It's music to me, what do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band.
Each little clam here know how to jam here
Under the sea, each little slug here
Cuttin' a rug here. Under the sea
Each little snail here, know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter, under the water
Ya we in luck here, down in the muck here
Under the sea.