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      Jodi Benson

      Jodi Benson

      Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

      Birthday: Oct 10, 1961

      Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, USA

      Voice actress and singer Jodi Benson is most recognized for being the speaking and singing voice of Ariel in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," her signature song being "Part of Your World." Before she was strictly a voice actress, Benson worked on Broadway, even garnering a Tony nomination for one performance, and working once with lyricist Howard Ashman, who would later write the lyrics for the songs in "The Little Mermaid." During the 1990s, Benson did a large amount of voice work as princesses and other female heroines on straight-to-DVD movies and TV shows, often for Disney. In 1997, she took a bit of a departure from her usual archetypical female characters to do the voice of Weebo, the robot assistant to the professor (played by Robin Williams) in "Flubber." In a notable and rare feature film appearance, Benson played "Sam," the assistant to Patrick Dempsey's character assistant in "Enchanted," poking fun at Benson's most well-known work as Ariel. In another role that playfully jabbed at conventional children's culture, Benson took on the voice of Barbie in "Toy Story 2," later reprising the character, who became even more developed, in "Toy Story 3."

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      The View, Jodi Benson, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, Jodi Benson, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The Chew, from left: Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, Jodi Benson, 09/26/2011, ©ABC THUMBELINA, from left, Thumbelina, voiced by Jodi Benson, Berkeley Beetle, voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, 1994, ©Warner Bros. THE LITTLE MERMAID, director John Musker, Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel), director Ron Clements, 1989, (c)Buena Vista Pictures THUMBELINA, from left, Mother, voiced by Barbara Cook, Thumbelina, voiced by Jodi Benson, 1994, ©Warner Bros. THUMBELINA, Thumbelina, voiced by Jodi Benson, 1994, ©Warner Bros. THUMBELINA, from left, Thumbelina, voiced by Jodi Benson, Cornelius, voiced by Gary Imhoff, 1994, ©Warner Bros. TOY STORY 2, Jodi Benson as Barbie the tour guide, 1999 The Chew, from left: Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, Jodi Benson, 09/26/2011, ©ABC ENCHANTED, Amy Adams, Jodi Benson, 2007. ©Buena Vista Pictures THE LITTLE MERMAID, Ariel, Ursula, 1989 The Chew, Jodi Benson (L), Daphne Oz (R), 09/26/2011, ©ABC THE LITTLE MERMAID, Ariel, Prince Eric, Scuttle, 1989

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% LEGO Disney Princess: The Castle Quest Ariel (Voice) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LazyTown Movie Valerie (Voice) - 2023
      88% 64% Ralph Breaks the Internet Ariel (Voice) $201.1M 2018
      No Score Yet 84% Hawaiian Vacation Barbie (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet 78% Small Fry Barbie (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet 72% The Little Engine That Could Jillian (Voice) - 2011
      98% 90% Toy Story 3 Barbie (Voice) $415.0M 2010
      33% 57% The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Ariel (Voice) - 2008
      No Score Yet 62% Balto III: Wings of Change Jenna (Voice) - 2004
      67% 41% 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Anita (Voice) - 2003
      No Score Yet 54% Balto II: Wolf Quest Jenna (Voice) - 2001
      45% 49% Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Lady (Voice) - 2001
      17% 45% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Ariel (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet 63% Joseph: King of Dreams Asenath (Voice) - 2000
      100% 87% Toy Story 2 Barbie (Voice) $245.9M 1999
      No Score Yet 43% The Mighty Kong Ann Darrow (Voice) - 1998
      23% 33% Flubber Weebo (Voice) $93.0M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas Carol Belle (Character) - 1997
      40% 66% Thumbelina Thumbelina (Voice) $10.1M 1994
      91% 88% The Little Mermaid Ariel (Voice) $109.9M 1989
      No Score Yet 62% Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse Ariel (Voice) -

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 99% The Wingfeather Saga Nia (Voice) 2022-2024
      No Score Yet 68% Clarence Diana (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet 81% Star vs. the Forces of Evil Singing Teacher (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 96% Sofia the First Ariel (Guest Voice) 2013
      No Score Yet 9% The View Music Performer 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buzz on Maggie Unknown (Voice) 2005-2006
      44% No Score Yet The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 83% The Little Mermaid Unknown (Voice) 1992-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Police Officer (Guest Star) 1991