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It's a dinglehopper!
~ Scuttle.

Scuttle is a cock-headed seagull and the third tritagonist of Disney's The Little Mermaid.

He is voiced by the late Buddy Hackett in English, and by the late Kaneta Kimotsuki in the first movie, and the late Tetsuo Gotō in Japanese.

Personality

Scuttle is possibly the quirkiness of Ariel's circle of friends. Like Ariel, he has a love for human objects, and collects a number of them. To himself and Ariel, he is an old pro on humans though he knows very little. In spite of this, Scuttle has shown to have some wisdom of humans that most of the sea characters don't. Upon their first meeting, Ariel wasn't too fond of Scuttle but after he rescued Sebastian from a band of pirates, she became very close with him.

History

The Little Mermaid

He’s a seagull and friend of Ariel. He appears in the film as an old pro on human objects with who Ariel consults about items she salvages, though his identifications consist of nonsense. He mistakenly names a fork a "dinglehopper" and says it’s used as a comb, and a smoking pipe a "snarfblatt" while he’s claiming it works like a trumpet. Scuttle is the only one of Ariel's friends capable of flight and as such is very useful in getting assistance. Scuttle is seen on his island humming about when Ariel and Flounder visit to show their new human things in the first place. Scuttle describes Ariel's discovered fork to be a "dinglehopper" used by humans to straighten their hair out.

He explains a smoke pipe is a "snarfblatt" used by humans to make music afterwards. This reminds Ariel she must partake in a concert, she swims off shortly after. Later on, Scuttle finds Ariel watching humans on a ship. He joins her but he gets blown away by the wind caused by the hurricane. While Scuttle was gone, Ariel rescues a human prince named Eric and takes him to shore. She asks Scuttle if Eric survived but Scuttle believes he's no longer alive because he couldn't hear his heart beat (Scuttle was trying to listen through his foot indeed). As Eric awakens, Scuttle and Ariel depart the scene. Later on, when Ariel becomes human, she goes to shore and introduces Scuttle to the new her. He learns that Ariel must get Eric to fall in love and kiss her in three days in addition. He offers to assist.

During Sebastian's Kiss the Girl, Scuttle attempts to assist the chorus but he’s not much help. Leading to the climax, Scuttle helps battle Ursula in disguise as Vanessa who’s trying to brainwash Eric so that he might marry her instead of Ariel. In the end, Scuttle bids farewell to the newly weds Ariel and Eric.

The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea

Scuttle appears in the film, appearing in a minor role. He is seen attending the baby shower of Ariel's newborn daughter Melody in the first place. Years later, he is seen as one of Melody's "babysitters", alongside Sebastian, and regularly joins the two of them as the princess takes time out of her day to explore the depths of the sea. Even so, because Ursula's sister Morgana (who is bent on overthrowing King Triton and unleashing wrath upon Ariel and her family), Melody is forbidden from leaving the perimeter of Prince Eric's kingdom.

Later on, when Melody goes missing, Scuttle joins in the search, eventually running into Ariel and Flounder near the fortress of the wicked Morgana. Scuttle is told to rally Eric and his friends to battle the sea witch, and does so at once. At the battle, Scuttle takes on Morgana, personally, but she’s quickly defeated. After the sea witch's defeat, however, Scuttle comes back, and joins in the celebration of peace and harmony between land and sea.

The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel's Beginning

A younger Scuttle in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning.

Scuttle makes a small non-speaking cameo in the prequel. when Marina del Ray is on a rock at the surface (animated the same way with Ariel when she sings a reprise for "Part of Your World" in the first film), she pushes herself up but the wave splashes onto her. Scuttle then appears briefly (without a speaking role, but accompanied instead by realistic seagull sound effects) to whom Marina says "don't touch me", referring to his actions in the first two films - tormenting the villain.

Other appearances

Scuttle made a brief cameo appearance in the Quack Pack episode "Phoniest Home Video" where he was briefly seen on Donald's surfboard and then got scared off by the shark that was about to eat the steak off of Donald's behind.

Scuttle makes numerous cameo appearances in House of Mouse, usually with Ariel and Sebastian. In the episode "Donald Wants to Fly" Scuttle tries to teach Donald by telling him to flap his arms. He ends up falling on the trident having Scuttle say "Right on the dinglehopper!" He and Ariel were excited to see Timon using a "dinglehopper" for his magic trick in the episode "Timon and Pumbaa".

The Little Mermaid Musical

Scuttle appears in the stage adaptation of the original film, where he sings two songs: "Human Stuff", where he explains the human things Ariel has brought to him, and "Positoovity", where he encourages a now-human Ariel to be positive in achieving her goal of winning Eric. The role was originated by Eddie Korbich. In the stage musical, Scuttle is seen as having a small group of seagull friends that he dances with in "Positoovity".

Scuttle's role was musically reduced when the show was revised for later productions. "Human Stuff" was cut from its accompanying scene when it was moved towards the beginning of the show, with dialogue added in its place. Additionally, a verse from "Positoovity" that featured his seagull friends was removed, most likely to put greater focus on Scuttle and Ariel. "Human Stuff" now replaces "Positoovity" in the JR. and KIDS versions of the show, as the latter song is usually presented as a tap number that may be too difficult for a younger cast.

Trivia

  • Jack Riley, the Late Bill Maher, Michael Richards, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Rowan Atkinson, Simon Callow, Bradley Whitford, Jeffrey Jones, Stephen Fry, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, Cheech Marin, Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, Ed O'Neill, Dave Thomas, John Ritter, Bruno Kirby, Roddy McDowall, (Pelican Version) the late Nigel Hawthorne, Jonathan Pryce, John Sparkes, Don Rickles, Billy Connolly, (Puffin Version) the late Mickey Rooney, John Sessions, (Great Auk Version) the late Tim Conway, Peter Sallis, Alan Bennett, Wallace Shawn, Robin Harris, (Snow Goose Version) the late Don Knotts, Jerry Stiller, Kevin Pollak, Howie Mandel, Ron Moody, Wayne Knight, Joe Baker, (Blue-Footed Booby and Red-Footed Booby Version) and the late John Candy, Pat Buttram, Chris Farley, Louie Anderson, Joe Baker and Ernie Sabella (Seagull Version) were considered the role of Scuttle.

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The Little Mermaid: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | King Triton | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton's Daughters (Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina) | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta
Return to the Sea: Melody | Tip and Dash | Ariel | Prince Eric | Sebastian | Flounder | King Triton | Scuttle | Max
Ariel's Beginning: Ariel | Sebastian | Flounder | King Triton | King Triton's Daughters (Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina) | Queen Athena | Benjamin | Ink Spot

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Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Spot the Killer Whale