- This article is about the franchise. For the statue, see The Little Mermaid (statue). For the book, see The Little Mermaid (book).
The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which was adapted into a 1989 animated feature film by the Walt Disney Company. The story and film have been referenced several times in The Simpsons.
References to The Little Mermaid in The Simpsons
||"I Married Marge"
||Lisa wants to name Homer and Marge's possible baby Ariel. This is the name of the protagonist in Disney's The Little Mermaid.
||Homer wants to hide from all the negative media attention by start a new life "under the sea". His fantasy sequence, Underwater Wonderland, is a parody of the "Under the Sea" musical number from Disney's "The Little Mermaid", only here Homer eats all the fish and other sea creatures.
||"Make Room for Lisa"
||Homer asks Lisa what her favorite movie is? She answers: "'The Little Mermaid', until you taped over it."
||"The Dad Who Knew Too Little"
||At the hotel Lisa says her name is: "Lady Penelope Ariel Ponyweather".
||"The Book Job"
||Lisa thinks up a plot for a novel, only to get outraged it's just the premise to The Little Mermaid again. She also has a poster of the film hanging in her room.
||"Throw Grampa from the Dane"
||The Simpsons visit Copenhagen in Denmark and go see the Little Mermaid statue. Bart is amazed that the story wasn't thought up by Disney, but Hans Christian Andersen. Homer then mentions the crab was the only good thing about the movie.