The Little Mermaid (1992 film)

The Little Mermaid
Directed by Masakazu Higuchi
Chinami Namba
Produced by Diane Eskenazi
Written by Hans Christian Andersen (original author)
Jack Olesker
Based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Music by Richard Hurwitz
John Arrias
Distributed by Trimark (1992)
Goodtimes Entertainment (1993-2005)
Gaiam (2005-present)
Release dates
  • May 25, 1992 (1992-05-25)
Running time
49 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English

The Little Mermaid is a 49-minute animated film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The film was produced by Diane Eskenazi, founder of American Film Investment Corporation II, and written by Jack Olesker. It was originally released as part of a collection of seven direct-to-video animated titles by Trimark on May 25, 1992; it would be released again in 1993 as a Golden Films title by Goodtimes Home Video. The same company, now renamed as Goodtimes Entertainment, would release the film on DVD on August 6, 2002, under the "Collectible Classics" line which included a significant portion of Golden Films' animated titles, as well as those from other companies, including Jetlag Productions and Blye Migicovsky Productions.


Lena, a mermaid princess, is the sea king's daughter who dreams of someday marrying a wonderful human prince. After disobeying her father, Lena visits the sea surface and falls in love with Prince Stefan. Soon after, the ship that sails the Prince Stefan sinks until Lena manages to save his life and bring him to a beach near the school where he studied. Lena comes to the aid of the sea witch Cassandra and exchanges her beautiful voice for legs to walk on land and meet her prince. Cassandra gives Lena what she asks for with the warning that if Lena fails to win the prince's heart, she will become sea foam for the rest of her life. Lena drinks the potion, loses her voice, and goes to the surface. Prince Stefan takes a liking to Lena, as he feels he should show her the same kindness that the person who had saved him from the wreck showed him. Over time, Stefan falls in love with Lena and wants to marry her, but then comes Anna, the princess who earlier found Stephan and his loyal steward Cosgrove on the beach and brought them to the medical care they needed. Stephan agrees to marry Anna, but Anna is in love with Maxwell. Vink, the dolphin pet friend of Lena, intervenes and tells the king of the sea what happened. His intervention fixes things, Anna's father King Malcolm agrees to make Maxwell his son-in-law, and Lena finally marries Stephan.


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