The Little Mermaid

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Spin-off sinks for everyone except besotted fans.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

General messages of being responsible, keeping your word, etc.

Violence & Scariness

Little or no intentional violence, but cartoon accidents happen with some regularity, particularly to under-the-sea monsters. Ariel's father sometimes defends her with his magic sceptre, which seems to shoot lasers.

Sexy Stuff

Ariel's costume is arguably too sexy for a kids' cartoon, but that battle was lost long ago.


The Little Mermaid is a Disney princess. Enough said.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like the movie, the cartoon spin-off has its scary moments. Under-the-sea monsters appear for various reasons, humans threaten the sea kingdom, and the main characters are frequently in mild peril that's made more frightening by the powerful animation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVohaul August 14, 2019

Began the Disney renaissance

In 1966 Walt Disney died, putting the company into a dark age. Almost twenty years later The Little Mermaid came out, providing an epic film that proved Disney... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 October 7, 2009

not as friendly as it seems

even though most little girls love the little mermaid it isnt as friendly as it looks. there's lots of vilonce and peril. also Aerils costume is completly... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 20, 2012


Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2011


Awesome disney classic, just as wonderful as winnie the pooh!

What's the story?

THE LITTLE MERMAID is a spin-off of the popular movie. In each episode, Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) has a problem, which intensifies and is then solved.

Is it any good?

Ariel, Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright), and the rest of the familiar characters are still splashing about, but the story lines are generally weak. Unfortunately, the most mesmerizing thing about this Mermaid is Ariel's flowing hair.

Trite and uninspired, this is a single-episode cartoon, broken up by Toon Disney's commercials at frequent intervals. It employs a sitcom formula that doesn't leave much room for the fun and magic the movie did so well. Some episodes don't even resolve the initial problem, leaving even the youngest viewer wondering what happened to, for example, the harp Ariel wanted to play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the moral lessons within each episode, although it's worth noting that it's frequently Ariel's father who's the target of the lessons, rather than Ariel herself. Should the king expect Ariel to follow his dreams rather than her own? Should Ariel obey her father? Are there times when it's OK not to follow the rules?

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