The Little Mermaid

Other mistake: When Ariel is at the dinner table with Eric and Grimsby, Ariel takes Grimsby's pipe and blows it in his face, yet when he wipes his face there isn't any black stuff on his hankie.

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Continuity mistake: Before her wedding to Eric, Ursula talks to herself in front of a mirror and then steps on the makeup table, cracking a perfume bottle. The problem is that the bottle wasn't on the table on the previous shot. (01:07:00)

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Deliberate mistake: When Eric's ship blows up, his statue bobs up and down. A statue this weight would not be able to bob up and down for even a second. It would just sink straight to the bottom.

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Continuity mistake: When the crown falls off Triton's head it has eight prongs, instead of the usual five.

Deliberate mistake: While trying to rescue Ariel at the end of the movie, Eric harpoons Ursula's arm, leaving a black cut. But in the following shots of Ursula, the cut is gone. (Due to Disney's practice in not leaving injuries onscreen).

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Ariel saves Eric after the ship has exploded he has boots on yet when Ariel has brought him up onto shore they are off, they couldn't have fallen off since they in that time period men wore boots that have to be taken off to at least to the heal and Ariel is tying to save him so she wouldn't take the time to get them off, and leather tends to tighten up when thoroughly soaked so that is another factor to why they shouldn't have come off this also happens at the end of the film after Ursula has been killed.

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Continuity mistake: When Sebastian is arriving at the concert, he gets pulled upside down by his Goldfish. When he flips his shell back over and sits in it again, on his left side he has two legs sticking out... then as he starts moving one of the legs just disappears.

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Vanessa gets covered in starfish, she then is bounced up and down by a seal, the star fish are gone.

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Continuity mistake: Ariel's hair is the same in just about every scene except one: when Flotsam and Jetsam come into her treasure trove when she's crying, and convince her to see Ursula. Then, the ends of Ariel's hair (even her bangs) take on the same spiky appearance as the eels' fins.

Continuity mistake: When Ursula's wedding ship sets sail, pink and blue pennants suddenly appear on the pier's columns.

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Other mistake: After the storm, Grimsby helps Eric walk away from the beach while Ariel sings. Every time the shot back goes to those two they are on the same spot, though their legs move as if walking, giving the sense that they're on a treadmill.

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Continuity mistake: When Scuttle watches human-Ariel wearing a sail for a dress, the rope, seaweed and plank in front changes for something else (looks like iron on wood or something).

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Continuity mistake: After Scuttle takes the fork to his feathers his feathers are all puffy but then a few frames later they are suddenly back to normal without him doing anything.

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Continuity mistake: When Scuttle arrives to the dock to tell Ariel about Ursula's plan, a bunch of flowers laying on the wooden planks behind appear/disappear randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Eric's boat leaves with Ursula in, there are ribbons and a long piece of fabric decorating the side of the boat by the 2 portholes, which disappear in later shots.

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Continuity mistake: After becoming human, Ariel swims and rest on a floating rock amidst the sea. A frame later she is laying on a rocky wall by the shore.

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Continuity mistake: When Grimsby is presenting the statue of Eric, the huge ribbon around it disappears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the storm breaks, the ship's look-out appears/ disappears randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ariel is peeping on the boat, Max licks her face and you can see that the rope next to the window disappears behind a beam. After Eric sees his statue, the rope is now really long and is laying on the deck, forming a big circle.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts, the big lamp is lit, yet when Triton arrives to light it with his magic trident, it suddenly appears unlit.

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Sebastian: Are you sure about this?
Scuttle: Have I ever been wrong? I mean when it's important.

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Trivia: The two minute storm took 10 special effects artists over a year to finish.

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