Under The Sea

Album: The Little Mermaid Soundtrack (1989)


  • This is a big song in the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid. It is performed by Sebastian the crab, who is trying to convince Ariel the mermaid that instead of joining the human world, she should enjoy the wonder life they lead underwater.
  • Alan Menken wrote the music with lyrics by Howard Ashman. The song is done in a Calypso style typical of the Caribbean, as the undersea creatures are, after all, tropical. In the movie, the song is performed by Samuel E. Wright, who was the singing voice of Sebastian. >>
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  • This won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 1990 ceremony, beating out another Little Mermaid song, "Kiss the Girl."
  • Matty Shapiro of the Nickelodeon children's performers BeatBuds cites this as one of the best songs for kids. "The greatest children's songs or songs in general are those in which the rhythm, chord structure, melody, instrumentation, sound effects, and lyrics, all work in harmony to channel a desired mood, feeling, or sensitivity," he told Songfacts. "'Under The Sea' by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is one of those songs. It transcends the sense of sound to capture a child's full imagination. Kids love to visualize and role play, and a well-crafted song can initiate that type of creative environment."

Comments: 2

  • Sulistiya from Arema, IndonesiaI used the song for my 8 graders school students when we talked about sea creatures. We played the tune, and I found that all students were absorbed.Really wonderful song and students loved to listen again and again. Awesome!!!!
  • George from Calumet City, IlWonderful song.
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