Based on the success of “The Little Mermaid”, the “Little Mermaid” animated series arrived on the small screen in late 1992. Put between the events of “Ariel’s Beginning” and the 1989 film, the program tried to explore Ariel’s life before meeting Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) elaborate on fan favorites like King Triton (Kenneth Mars) and the crab Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright) and introduce new faces like Urchin (Dan Cooksey) and Spot (Frank Welker). It managed to last three seasons and covered a total of 31 episodes before saying goodbye to the audience in 1994.
Despite its strong cast and long runs, the downgraded graphics and uninteresting stories left “The Little Mermaid” cartoon trapped in the shadow of its cinematic predecessor. In fact, it started the trend with TV shows based on beloved Disney movies that are settled lost on time in favor of their source material. Look no further than 1998’s “Hercules: The Animated Series” or “The Emperor’s New School” from 2006 for proof that this was not a one-and-done phenomenon. While this is rarely the case these days, sometimes it’s best to just leave lightning-in-a-bottle projects alone.
“The Little Mermaid” animated series certainly brought no new reason, nor has it left a lasting impression on most viewers. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting byproduct of one of Disney’s most turbulent periods, and if you’ve ever interested in checking it out, it’s currently housed in the expansive library of Disney +.