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Background information
Feature films The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Television programs The Little Mermaid
House of Mouse
Sofia the First
Video games The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid II Pinball Frenzy
Kingdom Hearts series
Park attractions It's a Small World
Mickey's Philharmagic
Fantasmic!
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Jason Marin (in the 1989 film)
Edan Gross & Bradley Pierce (in the television series)
Cam Clarke (in the sequel)
Parker Goris (in both the prequel & Kingdom Hearts saga)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Guppy Number 35 (real name)
Personality Coward, sweet, innocent, handsome
Appearance Small and slender young atlantic tropical reef fish, green eyes, bright yellow body, golden blue fins and stripes
Birthday
Occupation Ariel's best tropical fish friend and sidekick
Affiliations Good
Goal To be there for Ariel
Home Atlantica
Relatives Sandy (sister), his kids
Pets
Allies Ariel, Sebastian, Scuttle, King Triton, Melody, Urchin, The Catfish Club Band, Tip and Dash, Spot the Killer Whale, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy, Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Crush, Squirt
Minions
Enemies Glut the Shark, Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam, Morgana, Undertow, Cloak and Dagger, Moray the Eel, Marina Del Rey and her electric eels, Benjamin, Anglerfish
Likes Being with Ariel
Dislikes Sharks, danger, Ariel in danger, being called a guppy
Powers and abilities Fast-swimming, corkscrew, torpedo tube
Weapons His tail fin
Fate Becomes a responsible father (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea).
Quote "Arieeeeeeeeeeeeel!"

Flounder is a bright yellow and golden blue colored tropical fish from The Little Mermaid. He is Ariel's best friend and, despite the name, he is not a flounder.

He was voiced by Jason Marin in the 1989 film, both Edan Gross and Bradley Pierce in the television series, Parker Goris in the prequel and Kingdom Hearts II, and Cam Clarke, as an adult in the sequel.


Personality

Flounder scares easily, and is prone to panicking under stressful situations, but when Ariel is in trouble, he comes through for her without hesitation.

Appearances

The Little Mermaid

In the film, he is the only character to give unconditional support for Ariel's fascination with human things, and at one point gives Ariel a statue of Eric as a gift. He is first seen after the preformance, Daughters of Triton with Ariel after sneaking away. When Ariel confesses she is in love with Eric, she strikes a deal with an evil sea witch. Flounder joins Ariel in Eric's Kingdom as she tries to win his heart.

Because he can't survive above water, he is forced to only be able to get news from Scuttle or Sebastion nearby water. He was persistent in asking if they were kissing, showing how dearly he wanted Ariel to get her happy ending.

Flounder joins Sebastian, Scuttle and other fish in the song Kiss the Girl. Later, Flounder helps Ariel defeat Ursula who is planning to capture Ariel by battling Flotsam and Jetsam. When Ursula is killed, Flounder attends the wedding and gets a good-bye kiss as she and Eric enjoy their marriage. He is voiced by Jason Marin in the 1989 film and the album called Sebastian From The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid: The Series

Flounder appears in all the episodes of the prequel television series, sharing constant adventures with Ariel. In the series, he is voiced by Edan Gross and Bradley Pierce. He generally tries to serve as a voice of reason in comparison to Ariel's more adventurous nature, but usually goes along with her anyway. He is often seen giving rides to Sebastian, who cannot swim as fast as Flounder or Ariel. According to the television series, Flounder's real name is Guppy Number 35. In the episode "Land Of The Dinosaurs", when he has been found frozen in an ice cube, Ariel thaws him with King Triton's trident and he gets a cold resulting in his sneezing.

The episode "The Evil Manta" shows that Flounder and Ariel met as young children, though Flounder initially mistook Ariel for a large fish that intended to eat him. The same episode shows Flounder outsmarting Evil Manta, who had been trying to spread prejudice throughout Atlantica. Flounder simply fakes believing Manta's words then works with Ariel to fix the problems Manta caused. The episode "The Beast Within" has Flounder being bitten by a dangerous Howling Hairfish; he then begins to transform into one himself. However, Ariel is able to cure him with the assistance of silverfish.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

Flounder has a small role in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, where he is voiced by Cam Clarke. He is reunited with a grown-up Ariel and takes part in the search for Melody. He is shown as an adult and became a father himself, having a number of five children of his own.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

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Flounder in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning.

He has a larger role in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, in which he first meets Ariel (contradicting the TV series) and later unknowingly leads her to the Catfish Club, where he works as a waiter, but dreams of being a part of the the Catfish Club Band. His characterization is notably different in this movie; he doesn't scare as easily and is much more carefree and high-spirited. It is possible that he became more worrisome after the first few adventures with Ariel. He's obsessed with music, constantly humming and beatboxing even at inappropriate moments, which, given that music is forbidden in Atlantica, lands him into trouble on more than one occasion, but which also helps others keep their spirits up, most notably when his beatboxing kicks off the reprise of "Jump In The Line (Shake, Senora)" when he, Ariel, Sebastian and the Catfish Club Band are on the run from Atlantica. In this film, he is voiced by Parker Goris.

Kingdom Hearts series

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Flounder as he appears in the Kingdom Hearts series.

Kingdom Hearts

When Sora, Donald, and Goofy first arrive, Flounder was chased by Heartless with Ariel and Sebastian, but was saved by the trio. Because Sora and the others were new to the sea world, they did not know how to swim flexibly. Flounder, then became their instructor and was chased so he could teach them.

When Ariel and the others set off to find the Keyhole, Flounder was the one who told them about the dolphin that would help them swim against the water currents.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Flounder appears as a fragment of Sora's memories. In this story, he was sent to the surface by Ursula so she could use him to make Ariel steal the Trident from her father. Towards the battle, Ariel was supposed to choose between giving the Trident to Ursula or losing Flounder. Ariel willingly gave up the Trident so that Flounder would not lose his life - but Sora defeated Ursula in the end.

Kingdom Hearts II

When Sora, Donald and Goofy revisited them, Ariel was under deep depression. Flounder wanted to cheer her up, and so he showed them a statue that resembled Prince Eric and asked them to move it to Ariel's cave. When Ariel was turned into a human by sea witch Ursula, he and the others stayed near the princess to assist her.

Disney Parks

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Flounder as he appears at the Disney parks.

Flounder is a character at the Disney Parks. He makes most appearances in shows and parades but has made live appearances occasionally, specifically in Mickey's Pirate and Princess Party.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Flounder can be seen in the first sequence of the show with Sebastian during Under the Sea.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

Flounder is seen in computer animation with Ariel and later during the Under the Sea sequence.

World of Color

Flounder can be seen with Ariel during her Part of Your World segment of the show.

Mickey's PhilharMagic

Flounder is makes a cameo when Donald enters the Little Mermaid segment. He has only one line: "Cool!".

Musical

Flounder appears in the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid. His supporting role is similar as in the film, but he does not give Ariel the statue of Eric, and does not help Ariel reach Eric's wedding barge, as the Vanessa subplot has been removed. However, Flounder performs a new song titled "She's in Love", which he sings with Ariel's sisters when they notice that Ariel has been acting "fishy lately". The stage role was originated by Cody Hanford and J.J. Singleton, but the two actors had to leave the show when their height overshot that of Sierra Boggess, who originated Ariel. The role was taken over by Trevor Braun and Brian D'Addario. On the Original Broadway Cast Recording, Brian D'Addario performs as Flounder. He is voiced in Japanese by Rica Matsumoto as a child and Yūji Mitsuya as an adult.

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