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"Les Poissons" is a song from the film The Little Mermaid. It is sung by Chef Louis (René Auberjonois). 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, hon-hon-hon
With a cleaver I hack them in two

I pull out what's inside
And I serve it up fried
God, 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

(Spoken) Zut alors, I have missed one!

Sacre bleu! 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
Tootle-loo, mon poisson, au revoir!

Original Lyrics

In a demo sung by Howard Ashman, the song's scene has changed from Chef Louis cooking crab for Prince Eric's dinner to him teaching a class of chefs. Little about it 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 nap 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 adapted the song with a new set of lyrics, removing the main phrase 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 song.

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

Reprise

The Broadway musical version 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 surprise
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 delicacy, by golly
You won't find in the restaurants!
A tidbit to tease your taste buds
With that certain je ne sais quois
Voila!

Trivia

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


v - e - d
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Media
Films: The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid II: Return to the SeaThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's BeginningThe Little Mermaid (live action film)Video

Television: TV seriesHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeA Poem Is...
Video Games: NES gameSega Genesis GameAriel's Story StudioKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIThe Little Mermaid 2: Pinball FrenzyDisney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea WitchOfficial Comic AdaptationDisney ComicsBig Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookThe Little Mermaid's Treasure ChestDisney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: Sink or SwimAll that GlittersThe DaredevilfishWhirlpool WorldMy Dinner with CrustaceaRoom at the PalaceThere Goes the NeighborhoodGone With the WavesThe Sea Horse TournamentThe Sorrowful Sea MonsterThe Wrong QueenOf Myths and MermaidsAriel and the Lobster's Loot
Music: Original Walt Disney Records SoundtrackThe Legacy CollectionThe Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea

Disney Parks
Mermaid LagoonDisney's Art of Animation ResortAriel's GrottoAriel's PlaygroundArt of AnimationBlowfish Balloon RaceDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestFlounder's Flying Fish CoasterIt's a Small WorldJumpin' JellyfishKing Triton's Carousel of the SeaMermaid Lagoon TheaterMickey's PhilharMagicScuttle's ScootersSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea AdventureThe WhirlpoolVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: AnimagiqueAnimazment - The MusicalDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Feel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareKing Triton's ConcertMermaid Lagoon Theater "Under the Sea"Mickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookThe Golden MickeysVillains Tonight!Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Restaurants: Ariel's GrottoSebastian's Calypso Kitchen
Shops: Kiss de Girl FashionsMermaid MemoriesMermaid TreasuresPrince Eric's Village MarketScuttle's Shiny Things
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadePaint The Night ParadeStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate the MagicDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMagic, Music and MayhemWorld of Color
Halloween: Happy HallowishesMickey and his Magic Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains World

Characters
Original: ArielFlounderSebastianScuttlePrince EricKing TritonUrsulaFlotsam and JetsamKing Triton's DaughtersMaxGrimsbyCarlottaChef LouisUrsula's GardenGlutThe Seahorse HeraldHaroldMerpeople

Sequel: MelodyTip and DashMorganaCloak and DaggerUndertowHammerhead SharkAlexFlounder's guppiesBaby PenguinUrsula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen AthenaMarina Del ReyBenjaminThe Catfish Club BandStevieElectric Eels
TV Series: UrchinGabriellaOllieDudleyPearlPearl's motherMantaLittle EvilDr. VileDanielMoraySimonLobster Mobster and Da ShrimpThe SorceressGlowfishEbb and FloEmpreror Shargaand the SharkaniansOctopidBrain SpongeZeusSpot the Killer WhaleCrab ScoutsHans Christian AndersenMr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babiesLuckyThorKid SquidAugustusStormy the Giant SeahorseSorcerer BlowfishPenny the CatThe Magical Wishing StarfishApolloArchimedesSeaclopsNeptune
Comic Book: ScallopaIndigoAunt CrustaceaSir FigmondFlooglefishMarlin the MagicianSnapperJasonCalibanKing ProteusAriadnePiraniaCeliaJennyScarface the SharkProfessor Thelonius PaxxShanaKing HaroldPrincess PenelopeCaptain CutlassAquariusAbaloney 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 StatueTridentUrsula's CauldronUrsula's NecklaceMelody's locketQueen Athena's music boxDinglehopperRoyal Ship
Locations
AtlanticaAriel's Secret GrottoUrsula's LairPrince Eric's CastleThe Wedding ShipMorgana's Ice Cave
Songs
Film: Fathoms BelowDaughters of King TritonPart of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale)Under the SeaPoor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise)Les PoissonsKiss the GirlDown to the SeaFor a MomentTip and DashHere on the Land and SeaJust One MistakeI Remember

TV Series: Just a Little LoveYou Got to be YouThe Edge of the Edge of the SeaThe Lobster Mobster's MobThe Beddy Bye BluesSing a New SongIn HarmonyThis is the LifeYou Know I KnowNever Give UpYou Wouldn't Want to Mess with MeThe Sound of LaughterDaring to DanceJust Give Me a ChanceJust Like MeEvil Lullaby
Musical: She's in LoveHuman StuffPositoovityI Want the Good Times BackDaddy's Little AngelHer VoiceThe World AboveThe ContestIf OnlyBeyond My Wildest DreamsSweet ChildOne Step CloserAll Good Things Must End
Deleted: Silence is Golden

See Also
MusicalThe Disney AfternoonDisney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea

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