Les Poissons

Alan Menken, Rene Auberjonois

About Les Poissons

"Les Poissons" (in French "les poissons" simply means "the fishes") is a song from the 1989 film The Little Mermaid, which is sung in the film and in The Little Mermaid Broadway show by the character Chef Louis. Chef Louis is voiced by René Auberjonois in the film, and by John Treacy Egan in the Broadway show. The song was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. Sebastian the crab (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) is trapped in a kitchen with Chef Louis who sings the song while preparing a seafood dinner for the newly human Ariel and Prince Eric. The song is on the Classic Disney Vol. 3: 60 Years of Musical Magic CD. 


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Les poissons, les poissons
How I love les poissons
Love to chop and to serve little fish
First I cut off their heads
Then I pull out their bones
Ah mais oui, ça c'est toujours delice

Les poissons, les poissons
Hee hee hee, haw haw haw
With a cleaver I hack them in two
I pull out what's inside
And I serve it up fried
God, I love little fishes, don't you?

Here's something for tempting the palette
Prepared in the classic technique
First you pound the fish flat with a mallet
Then you slash off their skin
Give their belly a slice
Then you rub some salt in
'Cause it makes it taste nice

Zut alors, I have missed one!

Sacre bleu, what is this?
How on earth could I miss
Such a sweet little succulent crab
Quel dommage, what a loss
Here we go, in the sauce
Now some flour I think just a dab
Now I stuff you with bread
Don't worry, 'cause you're dead
And you're certainly lucky you are
'Cause it's gonna be hot in my big silver pot
Toodle-oo mon poisson
Au revoir!

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Alan Menken

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist. more »

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Written by: Alan Irwin Menken, Glenn Evan Slater

Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

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12 facts about this song

Creator Details
"Les Poissons" is a song that was composed by the renowned American musical theatre and film score composer, Alan Menken.
Disney Association
The song is known worldwide because of its inclusion in the Disney animated film, "The Little Mermaid," released in 1989.
Placement in Film
The comical song "Les Poissons" is sung by Chef Louis, a minor but memorable character who tries to cook Sebastian, Ariel's crab companion.
Lyrics Origin
Howard Ashman, an American playwright, and lyricist penned the lyrics with a humorous touch, making it one of the unforgettable songs in the film.
Song Style
The song is designed as a classic French cooking melodrama completely filled with numerous culinary jargon.
Character Focus
"Les Poissons" is the only solo song sung by Chef Louis in the whole movie, reflecting his absolute joy in cooking, especially seafood.
Language Usage
The term "Les Poissons" is French for "The Fish," enhancing the song's cultural connection with French culinary tradition.
Comedy Element
The song adds an element of humor to the film, with Chef Louis being obliviously destructive and maniacal in his zeal for cooking seafood.
"Les Poissons" had a reprise in the Broadway version of 'The Little Mermaid' where Chef Louis, even more comically sadistic, tries to mutilate Sebastian again.
Music Awards
While "Les Poissons" didn't win any awards itself, the music of "The Little Mermaid," including this song, contributed to Alan Menken's Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1990.
Singer Identification
The song is theatrically performed by René Auberjonois in the original film.
Disney Park Presence
"Les Poissons" also features in the 'Fantasmic!' nighttime show at Disney parks, further popularizing it among audiences of all ages.

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