The release of the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid marked a changing time for Walt Disney Studios. After it was a total box-office success, and became the first Disney film in 18 years to win an Oscar award, the following decade was a true Disney Renaissance period.

However, no matter how many successful films followed, it was mermaid teenager Ariel and her love for Prince Eric that started it all, so with that in mind, check out these facts, thanks to the guys over at Cinefix, about The Little Mermaid that you may not have known:

1. Sebastian was supposed to be English

That's right, everyones favorite animated crab was originally set to be English, however lyricist/producer Howard Ashman suggested that they make him a Caribbean crustacean instead, which then led to the upbeat Caribbean-inspired song "Under the Sea" which in turn went on to win and Oscar for Best Song.

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