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15 Small Details From 'The Little Mermaid' That You May Have Missed

List RulesVote up the most interesting 'Little Mermaid' details.

Many people's childhoods are firmly rooted in the Disney classics. The Little Mermaid will always stick out to us, with its incredibly catchy score and brightly colored backdrop. A slew of passionate fans managed to find some small details about our favorite characters from under the sea and we definitely didn't notice them the first time around!

Did you notice any of these on your last re-watch? Vote up your favorites!

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    The Painting In Ariel's Cavern Is Of Mary Magdalene

    Photo: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/bcdubbs382:

    In The Little Mermaid, the painting shown during "Part of Your World," is a painting of Mary Magdalene called "The Penitent Magdalene With the Smoking Flame" by 17th century artist Georges de la Tour.

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    Ursula Uses A Butterfly In Her Transformation

    Photo: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures

    From u/amanyggvv:

    In The Little Mermaid, Ursula uses a butterfly (a symbol of transformation and mimicry) in the potion to transform herself into 'Vanessa' - which is a genus of butterfly.

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    Ariel's Hair Appears Dark At First Which Is Why Ursula Chose Brown Hair Instead Of Red

    Photo: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/owlingthrough2:

    In The Little Mermaid, when Ariel rescues Eric from drowning and sings to him, she is backlit making her hair appear dark brown/black. It makes it even more conceivable that Eric believes the dark-haired human version Ursula was the one woman that rescued him.

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    Well Known Characters Can Be Seen In The Crowd During King Triton's Entrance

    Photo: The Little Mermaid / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/welshie123:

    In The Little Mermaid, during the opening scene with King Triton. Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Kemit all make a cameo appearance.

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