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The Little Mermaid comic story
"The Little Mermaid"
Little Mermaid Comic Cover

The front cover of the comic.

Written by: Tom Anderson
Illustrated by: Guttenberghus Publishing Service
Date: 1991

The Little Mermaid Comic Adaptation, also known as The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea, was the second of 15 comics released for Disney's Cartoon Tales line between 1990 and 1991. It was released in a standalone format around 1991, with a new cover resembling the poster from the movie. It was written by Tom Anderson, with art by Guttenberghus Publishing Service.

Summary

The storyline is essentially that of The Little Mermaid except abridged to fit the comic format. Many small details are changed to fit the 48 pages.

Trivia

  • This comic does not feature any of the songs from the movie, although the characters do sing from time to time. Despite this, Under the Sea manages to make it in the form of Sebastian speaking the lyrics.
  • The creatures in Ursula's lair are called polyps. This was the first piece of Little Mermaid media (before the leaked script many years later), to refer to them as that. All others would refer to them as "Poor Unfortunate Souls", or (in the case of the TV series) "Sea Worms".
  • Vanessa is seen in one panel without her necklace, but still manages to sing with Ariel's voice, implying that she can continue to use Ariel's voice so long as the necklace remains intact.
  • A german version of the comic was translated at around the same time as the english release, with a major difference in color palette.

Minor changes from the movie

  • All songs from the original movie are removed and replaced with new songs.
  • In this comic we never know why Sebastian tells King Triton the existence of Ariel's grotto, he just happens to tell him, despite Ariel telling him not to.
  • In this adaptation, Sebastian gets to Eric's castle kitchen by being thrown through an open window connecting to the bathroom.
  • Chef Louis and Sebastian never get into violent conflict during the kitchen scene, but Louie apparently hates Sebastian regardless as he chases him around the wedding barge during the end of the book.
  • The tour of Eric's kingdom is never seen, as the dinner scene immediately cuts to Kiss the Girl.

Pages

German Pages

Covers


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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 | Disney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms
Books: Official Comic Adaptation | Marvel Comics| Disney Comics

Disney Parks: Voyage of the Little Mermaid | Mermaid Lagoon | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Ariel's Grotto | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Fantasmic! | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster | Scuttle's Scooters

Characters
Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula/Vanessa | Flotsam and 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 and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
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
TV 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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