Yes, the original The Little Mermaid was released on Nov. 13, 1989, making the animated take on the 1837 story the studio's first film based on a fairy tale to come out since 1959's Sleeping Beauty.
Directed by Ron Clement and John Musker and music by the legendary Hans Christian Andersen and Howard Ashman, the tale of Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) revitalized Disney, earning over $230 million, winning two Oscars and kicking off a long string of animated hits for the studio.
And now, we're getting more whosits and whatsits galore with the live-action film (out now), starring Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, Jonah Hauer-King, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and more.
"I truly feel that being Ariel helped me identify who I am on my own," Halle previously told E! News, noting she sobbed after seeing the first cut. "I've never seen myself on a big screen like this. So no. 1, it's weird to watch yourself. But then you're also like, 'Who is this girl, who's a mermaid, who's doing a great job—like, I did this?'"
But before the film officially becomes part of our world, we're taking a look back at the original film and uncovering everything you didn't know about it.
For instance, did you know one of the movie's most iconic songs almost was cut from the film? And that a very famous comedic actor auditioned for the part of Prince Eric? Keep reading for more...
This story was first published on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at 3 a.m. PT.