When we dive into the magical world of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, we are often mesmerized by the vibrant colors, whimsical songs, and compelling story. One question that often emerges amongst fans is just how old are our beloved characters? Ariel, the curious and defiant protagonist, Eric, the charming prince, Ursula, the wicked sea witch, and the rest of the delightful cast have captured our hearts, but their ages are often left to speculation.
This article will delve into the age-old question of how old Ariel, Eric, Ursula and other notable characters are in the various Disney adaptations of The Little Mermaid.
How Old is Ariel?
In the original 1989 Disney film, Ariel is 16 years old. This is confirmed in the song “Part of Your World,” where she sings about being on the cusp of womanhood. This reflects Ariel’s rebellious and adventurous nature, as well as her desire to explore the human world.
In the 2000 direct-to-video prequel, “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Ariel is presumably in her late 20s to early 30s, given that her daughter, Melody, is 12 years old.
In the 2023 live action adaptation, The Little Mermaid, Ariel is said to be 18 years old.
How Old is Eric?
Prince Eric’s age isn’t explicitly stated in the original film, but he is often presumed to be around 18-20 years old. His age reflects his role as a young, yet capable leader and his readiness for marriage, which was a common age for princes in traditional fairy tales to start seeking a bride.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Eric’s age isn’t mentioned either, but given the timeline, he’s likely in his early 30s, similar to Ariel.
In the 2023 live action adaptation, The Little Mermaid, Eric is at least 21 years old.
How Old is Ursula?
Ursula’s age is somewhat ambiguous in the original “The Little Mermaid”. However, based on her appearance and her backstory of being banished from King Triton’s palace, fans often speculate that Ursula is around 40-50 years old. This fits with her character as an older, experienced antagonist who uses cunning and magic to manipulate those around her.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Ursula doesn’t appear, but her sister, Morgana, does. Morgana’s age isn’t specified, but she appears to be of a similar age to Ursula.
How Old is King Triton?
King Triton, Ariel’s father, is portrayed as a mature and wise ruler, implying he’s quite a bit older. While his age isn’t directly stated in the original film, considering he has seven grown daughters, it’s reasonable to assume that King Triton is at least in his 50s or 60s.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” King Triton is obviously older, probably in his late 60s to early 70s, still ruling the sea with the same vigor and protectiveness over his family.
How Old is Sebastian?
The age of Sebastian, the charismatic and melodramatic crab, is also not revealed in the films. However, given his role as King Triton’s advisor and his wise, sometimes weary demeanor, he’s likely in his 40s or 50s.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Sebastian appears to be the same age as in the original film, thanks to the longevity of crustaceans and his unchanged character design. So, we can surmise that he’s likely still in his 40s or 50s.
How Old is Melody?
Introduced in “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Melody, Ariel and Eric’s daughter, is shown to be 12 years old. This is stated at the beginning of the film when she is preparing for her birthday party. Her age embodies her character as a young and curious girl, similar to her mother at her age, showing the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
How Old are Ariel’s Sisters?
Ariel’s six sisters, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, and Alana, have an ambiguous age range in the 1989 original movie. Being that all of them are portrayed as older than Ariel, and given their appearances and responsibilities, it can be assumed they are likely between 17 and 21 years old.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Ariel’s sisters make a brief appearance and are presumably in their late 30s to early 40s.
How Old is Morgana?
Morgana, Ursula’s younger sister, is the main antagonist in “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.” Her age isn’t explicitly mentioned, but considering she’s portrayed as younger than Ursula, we can surmise she’s likely in her late 30s to early 40s. Morgana’s jealousy of her late sister and her drive to prove herself as equally powerful helps define her character.
How Old is Scuttle?
Scuttle, the eccentric seagull and friend of Ariel, has an unknown age in both the original movie and the sequel. Based on his character design, knowledge of human objects (though often incorrect), and position as a mentor figure to Ariel, it’s reasonable to estimate Scuttle to be in his 40s or 50s.
In “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea,” Scuttle seems to have aged little, if at all, maintaining his usual energy and enthusiasm, and so we could guess he remains in a similar age bracket.