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The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen first published in 1837 about a young mermaid willing to sacrifice her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. The most famous adaptation is The Walt Disney Company's 1989 animated film, which has since been franchised into a number of media.
The Disney animated movie was also the inspiration for the unaired pilot Little Mermaid's Island, which featured puppets built by The Muppet Workshop, created during Jim Henson's brief collaboration with Disney in 1990.
- In Disney's 1989 adaptation, King Triton makes a grand entrance at the beginning of a concert led by Sebastian. The audience is filled with Triton's royal subjects including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Kermit the Frog.
- In the Dinosaurs episode "Honey I Miss the Kids", Baby Sinclair watches "Little Underwater Girl" on TV. A trio of lobsters sing "Under the Water", a spoof of "Under the Sea" from Disney's version.
- The album Big Bird presents Hans Christian Andersen features the story of The Little Mermaid as told by Big Bird.
- Sesam, luk dig op features the famed bronze statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen during its opening credits.
- At the end of Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet, Pepe says that he likes the "Sebastian crab dude" from The Little Mermaid.
- A betting form posted on the door of Pepe's stateroom aboard Disney Cruise Line's ship, the Disney Fantasy, lists Sebastian as one of the competitors in Pepe's Crab Races.
- Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for Disney's 1989 animated film, and the Broadway adaptation.
- Jonathan Freeman played Grimsby in Disney's Broadway adaptation.
- Buddy Hackett voiced Scuttle in the 1989 animated film
- Dan Haskett worked on Disney's animated feature.
- Alan Menken wrote the music for Disney's 1989 animated film, and the Broadway adaptation.
- Brett O'Quinn puppeteered for Walt Disney World's Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
- Will Ryan voiced the seahorse in Disney's animated feature.
- Tara Strong voiced Melody in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
- Samuel E. Wright voiced Sebastian in the feature film, its sequels, and the television series.
- Frank Welker provides Max's barking and growling for The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.