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Adella is a minor character from The Little Mermaid. She is one of Ariel's sisters and one of Melody's aunts. She was voiced by Sherry Lynn in the related TV series and by Tara Strong in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. In the Broadway musical, she is portrayed by Michelle Lookadoo with mint green hair and a pink tail with a starfish bra.

Background

Adella is the fifth daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena. She has a chartreuse yellow tail and wears a chartreuse green seashell bra. Her black hair is tied in a ponytail with a pearly hairband and headpiece that both match the color of her tail. Her appearance varies slightly in the TV series, where she wears a gray hairband and animated to be somewhat heavier than her sisters. However, in the prequel films and coloring pages, she has exactly the same figure as her sisters, as well as brown hair. In the original film, she has a slender figure compared to the heavyset one in the TV series, but wider than the prequel. The prequel establishes that she is boy-crazy, often dreaming about and flirting with them. In the books, she tends to be shallow and vain and she has many dates with merboys.

Appearances

The Little Mermaid

Adella appears at the beginning of the film, where she is performing the song "Daughters of Triton" alongside her other sisters. Afterwards, she only has cameo appearances alongside them.

The Little Mermaid (TV series)

Most of Adella's appearances are cameos alongside her other sisters. She is obviously chubby when sketched for the series. In the episode "Trident True", she is the victim of a practical joke courtesy of Urchin. When she tries to comb her hair, she ends up having a bad hair day. At the end of the episode, she presents Triton with a father's day present, and it is implied that she gives him the same thing every year.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

Adella makes a small cameo appearance at the beginning of the film. She attends the christening of her niece, Melody, and is seen in a group shot with her other sisters.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

Adella first appearance in the film is as a young girl. She is relaxing in a cove alongside her sisters and parents, but is forced to flee when pirates attack. Her mother, Athena, is killed in the attack, which devastates the family. As a result of his grief, Triton bans music (Athena was a noted lover of it), and has Adella and her sisters be strictly raised by their governess, Marina Del Rey.

As a teenager, Adella learns from Ariel about a secret underground club called The Catfish Club. She secretly attends alongside of them and start dancing with a fat male sea slug, but is caught by Marina and punished by Triton. At the end of the film, after music is restored to Atlantica, she is seen kissing a merboy.

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Trivia

  • Her name is a feminine form of "Adam".
  • In The Little Mermaid II, there are actually two versions of her. One version has a hefty Adella, drawn similarly to how she was in the TV series, but at a later time, that model was scrapped to resemble the one in the third film.
  • She explicitly states that she is two years older than Ariel, making her 17 in the third film and 18 in the first. It could be that her birthday is before Ariel's, so when she turns 18, Ariel will still be 15.
  • She is obsessed with boys; hoping to find the perfect one.
  • In the first film, she was the heftiest of them all, and since then her size has varied. During the TV series, her weight was exaggerated to make her quite chubby. Since then however, her body was greatly reduced to resemble Ariel's.
  • Her voice actor is also the same of that of her niece, Melody.

Her voice also deepened considerably between the prequel and the original movie, as she has the deepest voice in the song "Daughters of Triton"

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Media

Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning | Video
Television: TV series | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Video Games: NES game | Sega Genesis Game | Ariel's Story Studio | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch | Official Comic Adaptation | Disney Comics | Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | The Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
Marvel Comics: Sink or Swim | All that Glitters | The Daredevilfish | Whirlpool World | My Dinner with Crustacea | Room at the Palace | There Goes the Neighborhood | Gone With the Waves | The Sea Horse Tournament | The Sorrowful Sea Monster | The Wrong Queen | Of Myths and Mermaids | Ariel and the Lobster's Loot
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | The Legacy Collection | The Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea

Disney Parks

Mermaid Lagoon | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Animagique | Animazment - The Musical | Ariel's Grotto | Ariel's Playground | Blowfish Balloon Race | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Animation Building | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fairy Tale Forest | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | It's a Small World | Jumpin' Jellyfish | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | King Triton's Concert | Kiss de Girl Fashions | Mermaid Lagoon Theater | Mermaid Lagoon Theater "Under the Sea" | Mermaid Memories | Mermaid Treasures | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Prince Eric's Village Market | Scuttle's Scooters | Scuttle's Shiny Things | Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Golden Mickeys | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | The Whirlpool | Villains Tonight! | Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto | World of Color

Characters

Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula | Flotsam and Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople
Sequel: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Hammerhead Shark | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops | Neptune
Comic Book: Scallopa | Indigo | Aunt Crustacea | Sir Figmond | Flooglefish | Marlin the Magician | Snapper | Jason | Caliban | King Proteus | Ariadne | Pirania | Celia | Jenny | Scarface the Shark | Professor Thelonius Paxx | Shana | King Harold | Princess Penelope | Captain Cutlass | Aquarius | Abaloney Kid

Episodes

Season One: "Whale of a Tale" | "The Great Sebastian" | "Stormy" | "Urchin" | "Double Bubble" | "Message in a Bottle" | "Charmed" | "Marriage of Inconvenience" | "The Evil Manta" | "Thingamajigger" | "Red" | "Beached" | "Trident True" | "Eel-Ectric City"
Season Two: "Resigned to It" | "Calliope Dreams" | "Save the Whale" | "Against the Tide" | "Giggles" | "Wish Upon a Starfish" | "Tail of Two Crabs" | "Metal Fish" | "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel"
Season Three: "Scuttle" | "King Crab" | "Island of Fear" | "Land of the Dinosaurs" | "Heroes" | "The Beast Within" | "Ariel's Treasures" | "A Little Evil"

Objects

Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship

Locations

Film & TV: Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave | Eel-Ectric City
Comic Book: Aquaria | Hatchet-Fish Alley | Stingray City | Blue Claw Chasm

Songs

Film: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash | Here on the Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical: She's in Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

See Also

Musical | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea

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