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    Mermaid Movies

    Though it would be fun to try and put together a helpful list of mermaid movies/TV shows that people have seen or heard about. Either that is focused about mermaids or where they appear along the way.

    So far I've got:

    The Little Mermaid (1989)
    Splash (1984)
    Mermaids (2003. A TV film about three mermaids who are sisters.)
    Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Stranger Tides (2011)

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    Film Year Notes
    Siren of the Sea (or The Mermaid) 1911 Silent film starring Annette Kellerman as the first mermaid in a film.
    Neptune's Daughter 1914 Kellerman
    A Daughter of the Gods 1916 Kellerman
    Queen of the Sea 1918 Kellerman
    Venus of the South Seas 1924 Kellerman
    Miranda 1948 Starring Glynis Johns
    Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid 1948 Starring Ann Blyth
    Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 Based on the life of Annette Kellerman.
    Mad About Men 1954 Sequel to Miranda
    Pekka ja Pätkä sammakkomiehinä (Pekka and Pätkä as Frogmen) 1954 In this Finnish Pekka Puupää comedy film, the heroes rescue a foundered mermaid and carry her to Pekka's apartment. They set her on the bathtub. Pekka's wife Justiina initially sees only her fish-tail and is initially surprised of "a big fish the menfolks have caught" and gets a knife to prepare her as a dinner, but she faints as she sees her upper body.
    The Mermaids of Tiburon 1962 Starring Diane Webber, George Rowe, and Timothy Carey
    Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 Starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and includes a sub-plot of the character Bonehead (Jody McCrea) falling for a mermaid portrayed by Lost in Space's Marta Kristen.
    Head 1968 Starring The Monkees, briefly featured two mermaids in the opening "Porpoise Song" sequence, surrounded by psychedelic effects.
    Local Hero 1984 Marine researcher Marina (Jenny Seagrove) is suspected by her love interest of being a mermaid.
    Splash 1984 Starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, Hannah played a mermaid who fell in love with a man. She could walk on dry land in human form, but her legs changed into a fish tail whenever she got wet. Much of the movie revolves around her humorous attempts to conceal her true identity from her lover. A made-for-television sequel, Splash, Too[3] followed in 1988, starring Amy Yasbeck and Todd Waring.
    Talk Dirty To Me Part III 1984 The third and fourth films in the adult film series Talk Dirty To Me feature mermaids who come ashore to find men. Just like in Splash, the mermaids can walk on dry land, and their legs become fish tails in water. The mermaid in 1984's Talk Dirty To Me Part III was played by then-16-year-old Traci Lords. When Lords' age became public knowledge in 1986, all of her films, including TDTM Part III, were pulled from the American market to avoid prosecution for distribution of child pornography. Lords' scenes were deleted from the film and were replaced with footage featuring Lisa DeLeeuw in the mermaid role. The edited version is called The New Talk Dirty To Me Part III and is the only version of the movie currently available. In the fourth film,Taija Rae played a mermaid from the same tribe as those in TDTM Part III, though her costume design was very different from those of the previous film. In TDTM Part III, the mermaid costumes were skintight, waist-high body stockings ending in fish tails. Rae's mermaid costume in TDTM Part IV was a bulky, chest-high construct that appeared to be fashioned from leaves, plastic daisies, and foam rubber scales.
    The Little Mermaid 1989 Produced by Walt Disney Studios, portrays a variant of the story by Hans Christian Andersen about the mermaid that wished for legs. This film was followed by a prequel TV series, a direct-to-video sequel The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea featuring the title character's daughter and a DTV prequel movie in 2008.
    Hook 1991 Produced by Amblin Entertainment, three mermaids appear when Peter Pan Robin Williams is dropped into the ocean in Neverland.
    The Secret of Roan Inish 1994 Incorporates mysticism into the selkies and their fae children.
    Mermaid Got Married 1994 Hong Kong romantic-comedy (based on Splash) tells the story of a school teacher who falls in love with a mermaid who'd rescued him as a young boy. The film stars Asian cinema idolsEkin Cheng, Christy Chung, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
    Magic Island 1995 Lily, a young mermaid, befriends a group of buccaneers and joins them on their quest for Blackbeard's treasure.
    Sabrina Down Under 1999 Sabrina Melissa Joan Hart travels to Australia's Great Barrier Reef with her best friend Gwen, a fellow witch from England, for a week-long vacation where they try to help protect a hidden mermaid colony whose habitat is threatened by ocean pollution, and by a local marine biologist, Dr. Julian Martin, determined to find the colony as his claim to fame. While Sabrina finds romance with Barnaby, a "merman" from the mermaid colony, Salem the cat finds a possible romance with another witch-turned-into-a-cat, named Hilary, but finds Sabrina's problems interfering with his plans.
    She Creature 2001 Circa 1900, a carnival barker named Angus discovers a mermaid held captive in a tank by a disturbed old man. Angus steals the mermaid and loads her on a ship headed for America. When the mermaid is discovered, Angus's lover Lily begins to suspect that the mermaid is more dangerous than she first seemed.
    Mermaids 2003 Erika Heynatz, Nikita Ager, and Sarah Laine are a trio of mermaids who solve their father's murder.
    Mermaid in the Manhole ? A Tokyo-based shocked film centered around a decaying mermaid found living in the Tokyo sewer system. This is a very gruesome film in that it focuses on the mermaid's decay and subsequent death from exposure to toxic environment of the sewer
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 Mermaids appear briefly at the end of the story.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Merpeople appear briefly during the second task.
    Fairytopia ? In this Barbie doll direct-to-video movie series, a sub-series called "Mermaidia" features a fairy that becomes a mermaid.
    Aquamarine 2006 The title character is a mermaid (Sara Paxton) who is washed ashore after a violent storm. She decides to search for true love on land, and makes two good friends (Joanna "Jojo" Levesqueand Emma Roberts) along the way.
    Legend of Sudsakorn 2006 The title character is a boy (Charlie Trairat) who is the son of a mermaid who is sent on a magical quest to find his father, a prince.
    Peter Pan 2003 Mermaids appear in a small segment: the narrator says they "are not like the mermaids in stories" though Wendy is thrilled by them. These mermaids have webbed fingers and markings on their faces. Peter asks them if Captain Hook has kidnapped John and Michael which the mermaids confirm. One of them also tries to drown Wendy.
    Sirène song 2005 Short feature by Fanny Jean-Noel. A mermaid is seeking for a job.
    Half Fish[4] ? Features two con artists trying to sell what they claim to be mermaid fetuses, until an actual mermaid shows up.
    Empires of the Deep 2013? This upcoming film is about a human who falls in love with a mermaid in a fantasy world.
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 During his search for the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow encounters several mermaids.

    Source: Wikipedia
    - Previously known as "SeaSparkles" on mer.yuku.

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    A couple of other movies to add:
    -Fishtales (2007) - a pretty cute movie, set in Greece, about a professor's daughter trying to set him up with a mermaid
    -Ondine (2010) - a really beautiful Colin Farrell movie about the selkie legends
    -Splash Too (1988) - sequel to Splash, critically panned but at least it's another mer movie to add
    -The Thirteenth Year (1999) - a great Disney Channel merman movie
    -Several other versions of The Little Mermaid. The only other non-Disney one I've seen (which I saw prior to that one) is an anime version from 1979 -
    -Tadpole and the Whale (La Grenouille et la Baleine) - A French-Canadian movie not specifically about mermaids (though it is mentioned) but about a girl with extra special hearing who can seemingly communicate with whales and dolphins

    As for TV shows, you've got "H2O: Just Add Water" of course, as well as an upcoming spin-off which I believe is titled "Mako: Island of Secrets".
    Also the episode of Charmed, "A Witch's Tail" which is a 2 part episode.
    "Ocean Girl" - an Australian series about a girl from another planet...doesn't have a tail but she's otherwise as close to mermaidness as you can get
    Last edited by WavyMermaidy; 06-12-2012 at 11:55 AM.

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    I was shocked that I couldn't find Mermaids: The Body Found. It's that fake documentary on Animal Planet that some people believed.

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    And what about Ponyo? It may not be "mermaids," but its based off of The Little Mermaid.

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    Hey guys, I've been actually looking for a movie (or show maybe?)
    All I remember is that there was this one merman that was in a pool, and these two guys are trying to get out because the bad guy is trying to get him in the news, and so they replace him with this guys dressed up as a mermaid.
    anyone know what I'm talking about by any chance? XD

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    Sorry, no clue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyx View Post
    Hey guys, I've been actually looking for a movie (or show maybe?)
    All I remember is that there was this one merman that was in a pool, and these two guys are trying to get out because the bad guy is trying to get him in the news, and so they replace him with this guys dressed up as a mermaid.
    anyone know what I'm talking about by any chance? XD
    Just saw that the other's "Sabrina Down Under" which is on that Wikipedia list of movies

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    Thank you WavyMermaidy! I've been looking for it like crazy XD

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    No problem...I know how annoying it is to get a scene from something stuck in your head with no idea where it comes from :P

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    You can watch this one in its entirety on YouTube - Night Tide. (1961, Dennis Hopper)

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    The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day has her dressed up like a mermaid, swimming under a boat. She's a performer kinda like in Weeki Wachee or Silver Springs.

    Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler had Keri Russell as Teacher Mermaid in it.

    There was an ABC Family movie called "Princess" that had a mermaid in it...the princess fixed hurt/sick mythological creatures. Very charming little movie that was on Netflix instant queue not too long ago.

    I also remember an episode of "Baywatch" had Cody falling in love with a mermaid or something like that...maybe that wouldn't go in "Mermaid Movies" though >_<

    Oh, if it's ok for tv shows, I do seem to recall an episode of my all-time favorite 60s show, "Wild, Wild West" had an episode at the Mermaid Tavern with a mermaid actress who disappeared during the episode. I remember Jim West going back in to prove that he'd been there and said there was a mermaid there, but the mermaid was gone; he HAD been there, but they were trying to make him doubt his own memories for some reason.

    There was also an episode "The Gummi Bears" that had a pretty little blonde mermaid in it. She made friends with Sunni, if I recall correctly.

    I know there's more, but that's all that's on the top of my head right now.

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    My favorite mermaid movie is Rusalochka or Русалочка from 1976. It's in russia
    Formerly known as Nordhild Wetzler

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    Signorina Sirena--
    I just found the Baywatch episode on youtube... it's called "rendezvous"

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    oh, and speaking of mermoments that get stuck in your head but have no idea where they come from...
    I remember some tv show where some guy was swimming deep underwater and he had an accident or something. Woke up in an underwater lab, like on a submarine or something, and there was a porthole style window where he saw what looked like mermaids swim by... women breathing underwater in the dark. it turned out (f I remember correctly) that this scientist had managed to attach gills to the main arteries that ran down the body (on their lower back) and so they could breathe underwater but had no fish tails... so sorta franken-mermaids

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    That mermoment you think of is from the first season of the TV show "Seaquest DSV", I think.
    The episode should be #20 "Abalon".

    I almost forgot about this.

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    Splash, too.... ugh. What a huge disappoint that was. I also think I'm the only person alive who finds Ondine incredibly boring. I'm really love most things Irish, so I tried to watch several times, and it just didn't do a thing for me.

    Oh, and another tv episode. Man from Atlantis, an episode called The Siren. Two men capture and hold a young siren girl, and by threatening her little pet sea sponge (seems to be no ordinary sponge), they force her to use her song to disable people in order for the men to steal and generally get up to no good. Mark Harris must free the girl while dealing with the two men.

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    There's also the Dyesebel series of movies and tv shows from the Philippines.

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    that is quite a thorough and well designed list. thanks spindrift!

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    Yeah ROCK ON!
    And Toxotes, thanks for the finding! I'm excited to watch it again!
    I'm still gonna have to wrack my brain for others. I DO remember as a kid watching some sorta "merlin" medieval movie where a boy goes back in time with wizards and there was a mermaid on a rock by a river if I remember correctly. Don't remember much else about it

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