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The Dinglehopper (a.k.a. the fork) is an artifact from the sunken ship which Ariel and Flounder explore early in The Little Mermaid. It is in fact a fairly ordinary object, but Ariel prizes the dinglehopper, as it is an artifact of the human world. Due to his lack of knowledge of the human world, Scuttle gives this strange name to the object rather than the more-accurate "fork."

Appearances

The Little Mermaid

While exploring the sunken ship near the beginning of the film, Ariel encounters an item that has been noticeably spared the decay which has befallen every other object therein. The object is small and probably made of silver (or perhaps tin) due to its resistance to corrosion and the fact that stainless steel had not yet been invented (though French metallurgist Pierre Berthier recommended the use of such iron-chromium alloys as cutlery in 1821 (when Ariel was 10-11 years old) the process would not be adequately perfected until the 20th Century). Attracted to this pretty and clearly-human tool, Ariel places the object in her bag and protects this bag even to the point of risking her life.

Scuttle, whom Ariel and Flounder consult after their discoveries, identifies this object as "the dinglehopper." According to him, it is used to comb the hair and thus achieve an aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

In reality, the dinglehopper is an eating utensil; a three-tined fork. Ariel later discovers this when presented with another one while dining with Prince Eric and Sir Grimsby, to her minor embarrassment. However, both of the film's "dinglehoppers" are three-tined during sequences of normal animation yet four-tined in introductory still shots.

Once Upon a Time

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Ariel stabs the evil queen with the fork.

In Once Upon a Time, while attending Prince Eric's ball with Snow White, she sees a fork and Snow White quizzes her on what it is, with her calling it a mini-trident. Snow tells her it's a fork and when she sees Ariel pocket it, she tells her it's not very valuable.

Later, when the Evil Queen reveals herself before them, and orders Ariel to leave, stating that Snow White is going to die whether Ariel decides to go to Prince Eric or stays with her friend. Ariel begins to leave, but then stabs the Queen in the neck with the same fork, distracting her while she takes the bracelet off Snow that turned her into a mermaid.

Cameos

The dinglehopper also makes a cameo in Pocahontas. In the Descendants: Wicked World episode, "Pair of Sneakers", Mal uses a fork, possibly the dinglehopper, to clear some cobwebs behind a shelf or a chest of draws

Usage

Due to its shine, purity, and connection to the human world, Ariel displayed the dinglehopper in a candelabra between a knife and spoon in her undersea grotto. It was perhaps destroyed by King Triton, along with most of the other objects therein. However, even if the targeted energy blast from Triton's trident destroyed the discovered dinglehopper, the far-more-fragile painting Penitent Magdalen and the Smoking/Shooting Flame by Georges de La Tour must have survived the king's rampage, as it is currently on display in the Art Museum of Los Angeles County.

However, the dinglehopper lives on in other Little Mermaid merchandise such as the NES video game, in which it is a treasure worth 800 points. Additionally, due to the success of the initial film, "dinglehopper" has entered the English lexicon, at least where the Disney fandom and mermaid community are concerned.

Trivia

  • There is a slight animation goof on the Dinglehopper/Fork as it keeps alternating between having three tines (prongs) or four.

Gallery


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Media

Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning | The Little Mermaid (live action film) | Video
Television: TV series | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | A Poem Is...
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 | Disney Princess Beginnings
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 | Ariel's Grotto | Ariel's Playground | Art of Animation | Blowfish Balloon Race | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | It's a Small World | Jumpin' Jellyfish | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Mermaid Lagoon Theater | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Scuttle's Scooters | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | The Whirlpool | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Animagique | Animazment - The Musical | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney Illuminations | Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | King Triton's Concert | Magic, Music and Mayhem | Mermaid Lagoon Theater "Under the Sea" | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | The Golden Mickeys | Villains Tonight! | Voyage of the Little Mermaid | World of Color
Restaurants: Ariel's Grotto | Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen
Shops: Kiss de Girl Fashions | Mermaid Memories | Mermaid Treasures | Prince Eric's Village Market | Scuttle's Shiny Things
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Disney on Parade | Disney Stars 'n' Cars | Festival of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Paint The Night Parade | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Villains World

Characters

Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula | Flotsam and Jetsam | King Triton's Daughters | 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 | Alex | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | The Catfish Club Band | 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

Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave

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 | Daddy's Little Angel | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer | All Good Things Must End
Deleted: Silence is Golden

See Also

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

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