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15 Crazy Little Details In "The Little Mermaid" You Definitely Never Noticed

Someone tell me why Ariel has a statue of Abraham Lincoln.

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3. Ursula was inspired by the drag queen Divine β€” and holy shit, I'd say the animators got it right!


6. The painting Ariel stares at during "Part of Your World" is actually The Magdalen With the Smoking Flame by Georges de la Tour β€” and given the ~mood~ of the painting, it seems almost like a mirror.


8. While this might seem like a stretch, one of the busts Ariel swims past while singing "Part of Your World" bears a STRIKING resemblance to Abraham Lincoln.

9. Prince Eric's maid Carlotta and Cinderella (aka Lady Tremaine's maid) are basically wearing the same exact dress.

10. But that's not the only Cinderella connection: The King and the Grand Duke appear in the background at Prince Eric and Ariel's wedding.

11. It might seem crazy, but each one of the MILLIONS of bubbles in the movie was hand-drawn, so no two are exactly alike.


15. And finally, the scene in which Ariel is perched on a rock is an homage to the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, where the author of The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen, once lived.