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Adventures of the Little Mermaid (Saban, 1991)

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Adventures of the Little Mermaid (人魚姫マリーナの冒険 Ningyo Hime Marina no Bouken?, The Adventures of Mermaid Princess Marina) is an animated series produced by Fuji Television in the early 1990s, based on upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid

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This 26-episode TV series was originally a Japanese/French co-production created by Jean Chalopin and directed by Takehiro Miyano. In Japan was the series was broadcast on Japan's Fuji TV network from February to July 1991. As in the 1975 feature-length movie version produced by Toei, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid (with which this series may be confused), the mermaid protagonist was drawn as a blonde in this version and given the name Marina. It also added a new ingredient to the story: a magic potion given to the prince which he could use to breathe underwater and be with Marina. Released in America for Saturday morning and weekday afternoon syndication by Saban Entertainment in the summer of 1991, the series wasn't nearly as popular as Disney's version. Only 26 episodes were produced which is a standard number for many of Saban's moderately successful series.

Song of the Sea Witch Edit

In this episode, Hedwig the Sea Witch gets her hands on a powerful hypnotizing flute (or pipe). The song it creates is said to be able to put anyone under control. This happens a few times to the heroine Marina and her friends.

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