Sebastian: Ariel, will you get your head out of the clouds and back in the water where it belongs?
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The Little Mermaid (1989) - 166 mistakes
Two popular misconceptions: The priest at the end does NOT get... aroused. Follow this link for the visual evidence that it's his knee: http://www.snopes2.com/disney/films/minister.htm. Secondly, on the cover of the box, in the middle of the castle, one of the towers looks like a certain male organ. Apparently it was accidental. Follow this link for the picture: http://www.snopes2.com/disney/films/mermaid.htm.
Continuity: When King Triton destroys the stone statue of Prince Eric, you can clearly see that the statue's face explodes and breaks into pieces as well as the rest of the body. However, at the point a few minutes later when Ariel decides to meet the seawitch Ursula, she caresses the statue's face as a whole again.
Factual error: After Ariel is changed into a human, she swims frantically to the surface for air, and when she comes up she does the magnificent throwing her head back and splashing water everywhere - we've all seen it. But this would mean she would have to actually tilt her head further down in the water before breaking the surface, so she could then throw it back- something that makes no sense for a person who's about to drown, and wants air as soon as possible. Can't have been a "hair in face" problem - her hair was streaming out behind her underwater, so wouldn't have been in the way if she'd broken the surface face first.