3 years after Disney had produced a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's original story for the big screen, the studio brought back The Little Mermaid for a weekly series run on CBS, leading off the network's Saturday morning lineup. Ariel (Jodi Benson) would only be around for a couple of years, however, due to declining ratings and changing viewer tastes.
Oh, I regret never seeing the show the first time around, and I hadn't seen the movie.You can bet, though, that there were plenty of teenage boys watching with their kid brothers and swooning over Ariel. Sebastian the crab (Samuel E. Wright, ex-Enos) was there mostly as comedy relief, in my opinion. Disney has this habit of populating their adaptations with cute characters that weren't part of the original stories. In this day and age, that means they're there to sell toys. To that, I say, meh, whatever. Let's move on.
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Jodi Benson would also be heard, but not seen, lending her voice to a floating computer that aided Robin Williams in "Flubber", a reimagining of "The Absent-Minded Professor" that didn't go over very well with audiences, though I actually found it amusing.