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Les Poissons
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Howard Ashman
Performer(s) Chef Louis (Rene Auberjonois)
Films The Little Mermaid
Shows
Attractions
Video games
Albums The Little Mermaid - An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Classic Disney - Volume III
Preceded by Poor Unfortunate Souls
Followed by Kiss the Girl
Video

"Les Poissons" is a song from the film The Little Mermaid. The song is sung the comical chef, Chef Louis. It is a short comic relief song and ends with a classic chase scene between Louis and Sebastian.

Lyrics

Les poissons, les poissons
How I love les poissons
Love to chop and to serve little fish

First I cut off their heads
Then I pull out their bones
Ah mais oui, ça c'est toujours délice

Les poissons, les poissons
Hee hee hee, haw haw haw
With a cleaver I hack them in two
I pull out what's inside
And I serve it up fried
'Cuz I love little fishes, don't you?

Here's something for tempting the palate
Prepared in the classic technique
First you pound the fish flat with a mallet
Then you slash off their skin'
Give their belly a slice
Then you rub some salt in
'Cause it makes it taste nice

Zut alors, I have missed one!

Sacrebleu, what is this?
How on earth could I miss
Such a sweet little succulent crab
Quel Dommage, what a loss
Here we go, in the sauce
Now some flour I think just a dab.
Now I stuff you with bread.
It don't hurt, 'cause you're dead!
And you're certainly lucky you are
'Cause it's gonna be hot in my big silver pot!
Tout-aloo mon poisson
Au revoir

Original Lyrics

In a demo sung by Howard Ashman, the scene of Les Poissons has changed from Chef Louis cooking crab for Prince Eric's dinner to him teaching a class of chefs. Little about the song has changed except for the part where he finds Sebastian.

Ah, ze crab!

I'll give you a demonstration,
of my special preparation!

First you nad ze crab!
Zen you grab ze crab!
Zen you STAB ze crab!

From there on out, it's nothing but instrumentals, suggesting Sebastian escaped and sent the entire kitchen into disarray.

Comic Adaptation Lyrics

The comic adapated the song with a new set of lyrics, removing the main phrase of Les Poissons with, Petit Fish.

Petit Fish (3x)

Set zem out on a dish,
Rip zair skin with a knife,
chop zair- huh?

At this point Chef Louis finds Sebastian and starts singing a new 

C'est si bon!
Zis is nice!
In ze sauce wiz ze spice!

Reprise

The Broadway musical version of the show features a reprise, again sung by Chef Louis and his chef assistants as they present the dinner party with their meal, frightening Ariel with all the dead fish, until the party is crashed by Sebastian breaking out of Louis copper pot, sending the dinner party into turmoil.

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Chef Louis on Broadway.

LOUIS
And now something truly exquisite
The creme of the creme de la creme!
Ho, ho, ho you may ask, but what is it?
It's a teensy suprise
A delectable treat
One i'm sure you'll just love
Allez, bon appetit!


CHEFS
Les Poissons, Les Poissons!
Ooh la, la!
Here they are!
Say bonjour to our friends from the sea!

CHEF 1
Fish fillet!
CHEF 2
Fish pate!
CHEF 3
Fish flambe!
CHEF 4
Fish tartare!
LOUIS
It's a fish-how you say?-jamboree!
CHEF 5
Curried bass!

CHEF 6
Kippered smelt!

CHEF 7
Fish-ka-bobs!

CHEF 8
Tuna melt!

LOUIS
If it's grilled, its been grilled to a "t"!

CHEFS
Fish lightly toasted and roasted and steamed!
Tossed in the blender and tenderly creamed
Dish after dish like you'd wish to have dreamed!

LOUIS
And now for the grand finale
La piece de resistance
A delicayly, by golly
You won't find in the resturants!
A tidbit to tease your tastebuds
With that certain je ne sais quois
Voila!

Trivia

  • "Les poissons" means "the fish(es)" in French and is plural for "le poisson".


The Little Mermaid
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Media
Films: The Little Mermaid | The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Television: TV Series (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time
Music: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Musical
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
Books: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics| Disney Comics

Attractions: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mermaid Lagoon (Tokyo DisneySea) | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

Characters
Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam & Jetsam | Attina | Alana | Adella | Aquata | Arista | Andrina | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople | Washerwomen
Sequel Characters: Melody | Tip & Dash | Morgana | Cloak & Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin
Prequel Characters: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | Shelbow | Ink Spot | Cheeks | Ray-Ray | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series Characters: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | The Evil Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Emperor Sharga | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Stormy the Giant Seahorse

Objects: Prince Eric's statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper

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

Songs
Film Songs: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Vanessa's Song | Down to the Sea | For A Moment | Tip and Dash (song) | Here On The Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
T.V. Series Songs: 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 Songs: She's In Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only (Quartet) | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer

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

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