Ariel was so desperate to be a part of the human world, she visited the sea witch, Ursula, and made a deal with her. Ariel traded her voice to get legs and become human. She had to get Prince Eric to fall in love with her in three days and give her a kiss of true love or she would become a mermaid again and belongs to Ursula.
Even though I'm sure everyone has seen this movie or is at least familiar with it, I still won't give away the ending! :)
When I was in college in the early 90s, I would watch this movie over and over again. I could literally watch the entire movie and recite every word with all the characters. My roommate hated it! In 1998 I met Ariel for the first time at "Ariel's Grotto" in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, talked to her for a moment and got her autograph.
Maybe this is my favorite movie because when I was a little girl, my grandmother visited The Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen, Denmark and brought me back a music box with a miniature version of the sculpture. I loved that music box, so maybe that's why I felt so drawn to Ariel! I don't have the music box anymore, but this is a photo of the sculpture in Copenhagen that my music box was modeled after.