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Jodi Marie Benson is an American voice actress, actress, and soprano singer, best known for her starring role as Ariel in Disney's highly-successful animated feature film The Little Mermaid, beating voice actress Melissa Fahn after several callback auditions.

In 1989, Benson (working as a Broadway star at the time) made her theatrical debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. The filmmakers felt that it was necessary to have both Ariel's speaking and singing voices played by the same person, and therefore considered her a perfect candidate. She also briefly voiced Vanessa (Ursula's alter ego) on behalf of Pat Carroll.

Benson's vocal talents were given critical acclaim from a wide variety of film critics. It was for this film that she recorded her signature song "Part of Your World", which audiences around the world have grown to know and love.

The success of The Little Mermaid spawned an animated TV series in the mid-90s, followed by two direct-to-video sequels (the first in 2000 and the second in 2008). Benson has continued to reprise her role as Ariel in most Disney-related media, including the animated television series House of Mouse (in which she also voiced Belle from Beauty and the Beast on behalf of Paige O'Hara).

Benson is also famous for voicing several other Disney characters from various films and television series, including Weebo in Flubber, Barbie in Toy Story 2 and 3 as well as Hawaiian Vacation, Helen of Troy in the Hercules TV series and Zero to Hero, Lady in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, and Anita in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure. In 2007, Benson even landed a supporting role as Sam in Enchanted, which remains one of Benson's few live-action film roles to-date and her only Disney-related one.

In August 2011, Benson was honored as a Disney Legend alongside fellow Disney Princess voice actresses Paige O'Hara, Lea Salonga, and Anika Noni Rose.

In addition to reprising her role as Ariel in the Sofia the First special The Floating Palace, Benson also voiced Queen Emmaline. She also voices a character in Tales From the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension.

Feature Film Filmography

Year Film Position Company
1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Voice Actress (Lastelle's Mother) Studio Ghibli
1989 The Little Mermaid Voice Actress (Ariel and Vanessa) Walt Disney Animation Studios
1997 Flubber Voice Actress (Weebo) Walt Disney Pictures
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Voice Actress (Helen of Troy) Disney Television Animation
Toy Story 2 Voice Actress (Barbie) Pixar
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Voice Actress (Ariel) DisneyToon Studios
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Voice Actress (Lady)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Voice Actress (Ariel) Disney Television Animation
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Voice Actress (Anita Radcliffe) DisneyToon Studios
2007 Enchanted Actress (Sam) Walt Disney Pictures
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Voice Actress (Ariel) DisneyToon Studios
2010 Toy Story 3 Voice Actress (Barbie) Pixar
2012 Secret of the Wings Voice Actress (Healing Fairy) DisneyToon Studios
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Voice Actress (Ariel) Walt Disney Animation Studios
2019 Toy Story 4 Voice Actress (Barbie) Pixar

Animated Shorts Filmography

Year Film Position Company
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Voice Actress (Ariel) Walt Disney Animation Studios
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Voice Actress (Barbie) Pixar

Television Series Filmography

Year Film Position Company
1992 The Little Mermaid Voice Actress (Ariel) Disney Television Animation
1998 Hercules Voice Actress (Helen of Troy)
2001 House of Mouse Voice Actress (Ariel and Belle)
2012 Sofia the First Voice Actress (Ariel and Queen Emmaline)
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Voice Actress (Singing Teacher)

Disney Roles

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