Little Mermaid, The (1989): Oscar-Winning Disney Animation

This was the first of three Disney animated features that composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman collaborated on; the other two were Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Most people are familiar with the fable of Ariel (here voiced by Jodi Benson), a young mermaid eager to know about life on earth.  She rescues a handsome prince from drowning.  Making a bargain with the sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll), Ariel receives legs so that she can walk on the land.  However, a terrible fate awaits her if she does not win the love of the prince.

Oscar Nominations: 3

Original Score: Alan Menken

Song: Under the Sea

Song: Kiss the Girl

 

Oscar Awards: 2

Score

Song: Under the Sea

 

Oscar Context:

Both songs were sung by Samuel E. Wright, the voice for Sebastian the crab.